Sunday 14 July 2013

Israel Tests Nuclear Capable Missile While Russia Starts Largest Military Exercise in Post-Soviet Era

We posted yesterday concerning a report that Israel had attacked a Syrian port on July 5th. The U.S. had confirmed this in that article. The important take away is these were Russian missiles that were destroyed in this attack.

"US officials have revealed that explosions reported at a key Syrian port on July 5 were likely the result of an Israeli airstrike.  Three officials spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity, referring to the pre-dawn explosions in the city of Latakia as an Israeli operation which allegedly targeted Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles.

The Yakhont is a cruise missile with a range of 300 kilometers, capable of delivering a warhead weighing in at 250 kilograms. Russia supplied Syria’s armed forces with a Yakhont missile battery in 2011.

Shortly after the July 5 incident, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that "huge explosions shook the area where a large Syrian army base and weapons depots are located."

According to reports by the SOHR published by Haaretz, fighter jets were seen in the skies around the city of Al-Haffah, which lies east of Latakia. Several troops were reported as having been killed or wounded in the ensuing explosions."
Israel's Defense Minister had stated previously his country would attack Russian ships if the S-300 missile system was aboard and en-route to Syria. Russia responded and threatened to retaliate if their shipments were attacked.

While this was not a Russian ship that was attacked on July 5th, nor the S-300 system in question, the war drums are beating very loud at this point in time. How can a nation conduct trade if their exports are attacked? What Israel has just done is in fact an act of war.

This next article from who reports the following, 

"Russia’s defense minister on Saturday said that up to 160,000 servicemen are involved in the large-scale exercises in the Eastern Military District, double the number initially reported.
“The total number of servicemen involved in the snap drills was up to 81,000 last night, the figure this morning was up to 160,000 servicemen,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

The exercises also involve about 1,000 tanks and armored vehicles, 130 aircraft and 70 warships from the Pacific Fleet, Shoigu confirmed. These latter figures remain unchanged."

This would appear to be in response to the Israeli attack on the recently delivered Russian Yakhont anti-ship missiles. Some media outlets are reporting this is the largest Russian drill in post Soviet times.

PressTV is now reporting,

The Israeli military has test-fired a new long-range ballistic missile reportedly capable of carrying a nuclear, chemical or biological warhead.

The military described Friday’s launch from a base on the Mediterranean coast as the test of the propulsion system of a missile on which it declined to elaborate, AFP reported.

“This morning, Israel conducted a launching test from the Palmachim base of a rocket propulsion system," the Israeli ministry for military affairs said in a brief statement."
When taken individually these events may not seem like much, but when one looks at the whole picture we can see events are continuing to unfold rapidly.

In addition, the situation in Egypt is far from over. Two United States Navy ships have been deployed near Egyptian waters as we posted yesterday. Egyptian media is now reporting the mission of these ships is to invade the African nation of which the U.S. denies.

"The US Embassy in Egypt denied Saturday that US naval vessels near Egypt's shores are sent in preparation for military action. A top Marine Corps general said Thursday that two US marine vessels approached Egypt's Red Sea shore, raising concerns in the Egyptian media about an imminent military move."
"We deny false claims in the Egyptian press that US naval ships are in the vicinity of the Arabian Peninsula and the Suez Canal to militarily invade Egypt," read a statement issued on the US embassy's website. - ZeroHedge

We need to be vigilant in our prayer and preparations as world events start to spiral out of control.


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