US intelligence analysts have concluded that a recent Israeli airstrike on a warehouse in Syria did not succeed in destroying all of the Russian-made anti-ship cruise missiles that were its target, and therefore further Israeli strikes are likely.
Israel carried out an attack July 5 near Latakia to destroy the missiles, which Russia had sold [...]
Is the Obama administration trying to start a war between Israel and Syria? Because intentionally or not, it’s certainly doing its darnedest to provoke one.
This weekend, three anonymous American officials told CNN that Israel was behind an explosion in the Syrian port of Latakia on July 5. The explosion, they said, resulted [...]
A report linking the Chinese military to cyberattacks on US businesses and government agencies has garnered global headlines this week, arguably stealing the cybertheft limelight from another country American officials cite as a significant threat to US network security: Russia.
“The Russian operations appear to be much more sophisticated and professionally run than the Chinese, [...]
Opponents of an Israeli strike on Iran have focused their ire on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But it’s his hawkish defense minister, Ehud Barak, who is really driving the talk of war.
The precise rationale behind when to strike may remain known only to Israel’s most senior decision makers, but the question of [...]
As part of its ongoing war maneuver, Syria Thursday, July 12, this week drilled the firing of advanced Scud D ballistic missiles capable of carrying chemical weapons and nerve gas – a clear message from Bashar Assad that weapons of mass destruction are now in play to save his regime.
American officials, alarmed by the [...]
But patience with Russia is running out. This week Mrs Clinton accused the Russians of sending attack helicopters to Syria and said that Russian claims that its weaponry had nothing to do with the fighting in Syria were “patently untrue”. Mr Obama is likely to warn Mr Putin that the Russian position on Syria is [...]
In addition to the outrageous and unacceptable attacks on the U.S. ambassador, other examples of anti-Americanism include Putin’s reaction to the popular protests that erupted in Moscow after the Russian parliamentary elections in December and also in March following the Russian presidential elections. President-elect Putin actually blamed the demonstrations on Hillary Clinton and the U.S. [...]
Finally, and even more disquieting, was the contention I heard repeatedly that an Israeli strike in the next six months — conducted before Iran can further harden its nuclear sites, or make them redundant — will set back the ayatollahs’ atomic ambitions at least five years. American military planners tend to think that Israel could [...]
As tension rises over Iran’s disputed nuclear programme, chatter indicating a potential Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear targets has never been higher.
But in the smoke-and-mirrors world of Middle East geopolitics, such talk can often be a diplomatic weapon in its own right and sometimes an alternative to genuine action.
Another measure of imminent war is the number visits by senior Israeli and American officials flying back and forth between Tel Aviv and Washington. By this metric war could come any day. Last week, for example, President Obama’s national security advisor, Tom Donilon flew to [...]