Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah are building a military force on Israel’s northern border in the Golan Heights in order to wage “popular resistance” against the Jewish state, according to a report released Tuesday.
Military forces constituted by both Syrian and non-Syrian forces have been amassing near the Golan Heights and are waiting for an attack order, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which has collected and translated a number of Arab media reports on the matter.Sponsored Ads
“Regiments and brigades, both Syrian and non-Syrian, are being established to wage ‘popular resistance’ against Israel in the Golan—although the intention is clearly to wage armed guerilla warfare like that of Hezbollah,” according to MEMRI.
China has placed military forces on heightened alert in the northeastern part of the country as tensions mount on the Korean peninsula following recent threats by Pyongyang to attack, U.S. officials said.
Reports from the region reveal the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently increased its military posture in response to the heightened tensions, specifically North Korea’s declaration of a “state of war” and threats to conduct missile attacks against the United States and South Korea.
A secret State Department cable has concluded that the Syrian military likely used chemical weapons against its own people in a deadly attack last month, The Cable has learned.
United States diplomats in Turkey conducted a previously undisclosed,
intensive investigation into claims that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons, and made what an Obama administration official who reviewed the cable called a “compelling case” that Assad’s military forces had used a deadly form of poison gas.
I reported on this last month.
25 Dec 2012 – Reports that chemical weapons were used this weekend in Syria were effectively confirmed today after doctors at the Syrian American Medical …
Top Chinese general in unusual move tells troops to ready for combat with Japan
China’s most powerful military leader, in an unusual public statement, last week ordered military forces to prepare for combat, as Chinese warships deployed to waters near disputed islands and anti-Japan protests throughout the country turned violent.
A U.S. official said the PLA’s most senior political general rarely makes such direct appeals to troops to prepare for combat.
The Chinese are serious about confronting Japan, even if it means war. War with Japan will quickly escalate into war with the US.
He said after garrison is established, China’s leadership must next set rules on which ships and aircraft from other countries will be allowed to pass through the region’s disputed waters and airspace without being attacked by Chinese military forces.
Luo, who is described by Western media as “hawkish” for his hardline views, also wants the garrison to serve as the overall command of all Chinese goverment agencies and military task forces deployed in the West Philippine Sea.
“In other words, the garrison command functions more like a tentacle for the front-line of national defense, performing such functions as the front-line command, a frontier position, and a front sentry post,” he said.
He said other countries should view the military garrison as a “deterrence” and not as a threat.
China is planning to establish rules for ships and aircraft entering the South China Sea area. It’s obvious that China will restrict US intelligence military ships and aircraft. No matter what you think about China’s rise, the idea that China can restrict US intelligence vessels in the South China Sea puts China on a path to war with the US.
A Pentagon-sponsored report to Congress outlines the U.S. military’s new pivot to Asia and calls for adding attack submarines and Marines based throughout the Pacific to head off a future war with China.
The report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies presents three options based on impending cuts in defense spending. They include keeping the current status quo forces, mainly in Japan and South Korea, or modestly increasing military forces by adding attack submarines, Marine Air-Ground Task Forces, more warships and bombers, another aircraft carrier strike group, and more intelligence aircraft. A third option looks at sharply cutting forces throughout Asia, which the report said risks undermining stability.
In the wake of recent failed negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, it seems increasingly unlikely that a political solution will be reached regarding Tehran’s increasing uranium enrichment. As a result, some form of military clash between the US and Iran, while by no means certain, is becoming increasingly likely. Such a clash can take many different forms, and each presents different levels of risk.
Although many reports and analyses tend to focus on Iran’s missile forces and burgeoning nuclear capability, Iran’s steady build-up of asymmetric forces presents a threat to both Gulf commerce and the military forces of both the US and its regional allies, at least in the opening stages of a conflict. Unlike Iran’s missile forces, these forces are difficult to detect and counter, and can be used with a degree of deniability to harass or disrupt military operations and commerce in the Gulf.
Everyone knows that the Obama administration has been steadily gearing up for a military campaign against Syria. Everyone also knows that Russia and China do not want to see this happen. Now Russia and China are sending military forces to Syria. It is being reported that Russia, China, Iran and Syria will be conducting the “Middle East’s largest ever military exercise” next month. Apparently tens of thousands of troops will be involved. This will be the first time that the Russians and the Chinese have jointly deployed large numbers of troops in Syria. Will this show of military power be enough to prevent Barack Obama from bombing Syria? Or will Obama go ahead anyway and risk ruining relations with the Russians and the Chinese? Tensions are rising in the Middle East and the region is a powder keg that could erupt at any time. If someone makes the wrong move we could end up with World War III.
A number of sources have reported that the Obama administration has been contemplating a military campaign in Syria similar to what happened in Libya. The U.S. would institute a no-fly zone, bomb the Syrian government and the Syrian military, and provide heavy military hardware for the rebel forces on the ground.
According to a recent Debka report, the plans for such a campaign in Syria are close to being finalized….
As the violence in Syria continued to go from bad to worse in scope and intensity, US official sources had this to say Saturday, June 16, about planned US military operations in the war-torn country:
“The intervention will happen. It is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when.’”
A Syrian Free Army rebel delegation is now in Washington to talk about their requests for heavy weapons from the Obama administration. In their meetings with US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and the State Department’s expert on Syria Fred Hof, the rebel leaders handed in two lists for approval: types of heavy weapons capable of challenging Bashar Assad’s armed forces and selected targets of attack to destabilize his regime.
debkafile’s Washington sources disclose that the administration is very near a decision on the types of weapons to be shipped to the Syrian rebels and when. Most of the items Washington is ready to send have been purchased by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and are ready for shipment.
The White House is also close to deciding on the format of its military operation in Syria. Some sources are defining it as “Libya lite” – that is, a reduced-scale version of the no-fly zone imposed on Libya two years ago and the direct air and other strikes which toppled the Qaddafi regime.
Egyptians went to the polls to elect a new president on Sunday, but the country’s military ended up with the power. New amendments to the interim constitution guarantee that the generals will have a significant say in future matters of government. Renewed protests could result.
The timing couldn’t have been more carefully chosen. While Egyptians were focused on the emerging results of their first free presidential election held on Sunday, the ruling military council issued eight amendments to the country’s interim constitution that effectively secure the generals’ power.
The move means that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) will take on parliament’s lawmaking duties until the parliament — which was dissolved on Saturday — is elected again. At the same time, the military council has also taken charge of the national budget and the development of a new constitution. The new president, to whom the council says it wants to hand power over to at the end of June, will have no sway over the country’s military forces. Already on Tuesday, the army gave itself far-reaching legal authority through a sort of emergency law, which will allow them to try any Egyptian before a military court. The military now holds legislative, executive and judicial power — at least in part.
Egypt: How the Military Won the Presidential Election | World | TIME.com
Almost immediately after polls closed, the junta announced directives on the constitution, lawmaking and, it seemed, the nature of the presidency. Activists are furious, but no one is likely to change the status quo
The armed forces have vowed to “fulfill their duty” to safeguard China’s territory in the South China Sea, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
“China’s military forces will collaborate closely with related governing bodies, including fishery administration and maritime law enforcement, to jointly ensure the country’s maritime rights and interests,” Geng Yansheng said in Beijing.
This was the first official remark from the armed forces following a standoff with a Philippine warship in waters off China’s Huangyan Island on April 10.
Analysts said the comments were also in response to growing domestic demand to ensure sovereignty in the South China Sea.