10/24/2020

East Mediterranean Tensions, Prospects Of De-Escalation

The Eastern half of the Mediterranean has of course been known as one of the cradles of civilization, endowing mankind with Hellenic, Roman, Egyptian and Judeo-Christian legacies, among others. Yet with culture there also comes conflict, with ancient hostilities dormant only until they rise again, due to competition or ideology. This seems to be the situation in the Eastern Med today, with Erdogan’s Turkey determined to upset an arrangement reached by Greece, Israel, Cyprus, Egypt and France, with a possible future addition of Lebanon. Are we headed towards further escalation, or conversely towards de-escalation? Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – […]
10/20/2020

Mid-East News Round Up, From Leading News Outlets

Thenationalnews.Com Mid-East News Round Up, From Leading News Outlets Thenationalnews.Com Iraqi PM In Germany To Discuss Reduction Of Troops And Combating Terrorism Islamic World News Latest Updates on Iraq, 20 October 2020 link   News Latest Updates on Yemen, 20 October 2020 link Asharq Al-Awsat Israel Uncovers Tunnel from Gaza, Military Says Holds Hamas Responsible 20 October 2020 link Fact-Finding Committee to Investigate Iraqi Protests 20 October 2020 link Lebanon: Efforts to Ease Tension Between FPM, Hezbollah Supporters 20 October 2020 link En.Radio Farda U.S. Sanctions Chinese Companies For Dealing With Iranian Shipping Line 20 October 2020 link Iranian Diplomat […]
10/20/2020

Coronavirus Timeline

Coronavirus Timeline, updated continually with new information Link
10/20/2020

Disrupting Anti-Submarine Warfare Using Autonomous Systems

Join us for a discussion on the future of anti-submarine warfare, and how autonomous systems could enable new concepts for defeating enemy submarines that are more effective, sustainable, and scalable. Director of Hudson’s Center for Defense Concepts and Technology Bryan Clark, Director of Hudson’s Center for American Seapower Seth Cropsey, and Fellow Timothy A. Walton will present the results of their study, Sustaining the Undersea Advantage. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert (ret.), 30th US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral James F. Foggo (ret.), former commander of US Naval Forces, Europe, and […]
10/16/2020

Multiple Hypersonic Weapons Soon To Be Operational

Summary of international Hypersonic Weapons developments LINK TO VIDEO
10/16/2020

Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud

On virtually every significant Middle East policy issue — from containing Iran to the war in Yemen; from energy policy to the intra-Gulf rift; from the battle against extremism to the expansion of Arab-Israel state-to-state relations — Saudi Arabia plays a pivotal role. Given the kingdom’s centrality to regional politics, it is also no surprise that the U.S.-Saudi relationship looms large in U.S. politics and the presidential campaign. LINK TO VIDEO
10/15/2020

Iraq: A Strategic Overview Between East And West

The death of Kuwait’s 91-year-old Emir Sabah al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah in late September served as a reminder to the origins of the United States’ enhanced military involvement in the Arabian Gulf region, which go back to the Iran-Iraq war, including the “tanker war” and the reflagging of local vessels, and then to the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait and two American-led coalition wars against Saddam Hussein’s regime. Ever since the second one, American Presidents have tried to extricate their forces from Iraq without paying too much in regional security and stability. The dilemma is that if the Americans […]
10/11/2020

Iran The Coming Military Modernization

This Association of Geo-Strategic Analysis report endeavors to reveal just one critical aspect of the lifting of the arms embargo on Tehran in October 2020, the India/Russian made BrahMos supersonic nuclear-capable cruise missile. And the advancing threats from the State Sponsor of International terrorism, The Islamic Republic of Iran. Summary of key failures of the JCPOA Also covered in this report is a summary of Iran’s aerial warfare capability, ballistic missiles, Cruise missiles, drones, and UAVs. The asymmetrical aerial warfare the Islamic Republic is waging through its terrorists’ forces. There are several links to additional reports Link to report
10/10/2020

Turkey-EU Relations Amid East-Med Dispute

Long before Turkish President Recep Tayep Erdogan came to power, Ankara tried to join the European Union in its various iterations, but was blocked by the Christian nations of Europe concerned by the political power to be given to a Moslem country according to its population – which is the rough equal of EU leaders Germany and France. But with the rise of an assertive Erdogan policy and the emergence of the Eastern Mediterranean as a resource-rich hotspot, the relationship between Turkey and certain member states – namely Greece, the ethnic Greek part of Cyprus, Italy and France grew progressively […]
10/10/2020

Evidence of the Construction of Iran’s New Centrifuge Assembly Plant

This summer, Iran decided to construct a new underground centrifuge assembly plant, following the destruction of the above ground one at the Natanz enrichment site on July 2, 2020. So far, Iran has undertaken little visible work in the mountains adjacent to the Natanz enrichment site with the exception of possible construction preparations. A nearby gunnery range appears to have been converted to a construction support and staging area in the first half of September. Because of the added difficulties of building an underground site, the completion of a new centrifuge assembly plant able to assemble thousands of advanced centrifuges […]
10/10/2020

NORTH KOREA AIR-LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILES

Pyongyang goes through a lot of trouble keeping its cruise missile capabilities hidden, why ? North Korea has air-launched cruise missiles, and it looks like they store them at an airfield in Uiju, near the PRC border. The DPRK puts its ballistic missiles on display and incorporates them into strategic propaganda. The DPRK does this less often with its cruise missiles, particularly its  air-launched cruise missiles, which are quietly tested without much announcement and no camera coverage.  Uiju has been historically associated with the DPRK’s secretive air-launched cruise/anti-ship missile programs and is one of the few airbases that can effectively host […]
10/10/2020

North Korea Displays Its Largest Mobile ICBM

On 10 October 2020 North Korea unveiled a massive new intercontinental ballistic missile Saturday at a parade commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea, a signal to Washington that the regime is committed to advancing its long-range strike capabilities despite years of on-again, off-again diplomatic outreach with the United States. The new missile, which capped the early-morning military parade, is believed to be one of the largest liquid-fueled, truck-carried ICBMs in the world, potentially with the ability to carry multiple nuclear warheads as far as the continental United States.  North Korea Military Parade 2020 video North […]
10/09/2020

Kim Jong-un’s self-proclaimed “October Surprise

The 75th anniversary of the Korean Workers’ Party, on October 10,  Expect North Korea to display new strategic weaponry for the 75th anniversary of its ruling party on October 10 Attention is focused on the development of submarine-launched ballistic missiles, but mobile land-based ballistic missiles are already a credible, advancing threat The most important type of truly “new strategic weapon” for North Korea would likely be a large road-mobile ballistic missile with the ability to deliver multiple re-entry vehicles (RVs). (Re-entry vehicles are carried at the top of a ballistic missile, detaching after the missile ascends to carry and protect a […]
10/09/2020

REPORT: Venezuela Maduro-Hezbollah Nexus

Too often, Hezbollah in Venezuela is characterized as only a potential terrorist threat. In reality, the Lebanese terrorist group has helped to turn Venezuela into a hub for the convergence of transnational organized crime and international terrorism. Hezbollah’s crime-terror network in Venezuela has facilitated Iran’s cooperation with the Maduro regime. The United States, allies, and international institutions must ramp up regional counterterrorism collaboration, crack down on illicit financial networks, and build stronger ties with Lebanese and other Arab communities in Latin America. LINK TO REPORT
10/09/2020

Iran Is Building A Massive Energy Network

By Simon Watkins It is no coincidence that just over a month after Israel and the United Arab Emirates declared that they would normalise relations and Israel and Bahrain did the same, Iraq has announced that it has signed a contract with Jordan to connect the electric power grids of the two countries. By extension, this will provide a direct link between Jordan and Iraq’s key regional sponsor, Iran, which recently signed a two-year deal with Iraq to supply it with electricity, the longest such deal signed between the two countries. The last piece of this game-changing regional networking operation is that […]
10/09/2020

Iranian-Backed Militias Threat to Iraq

By: John Grady Speaking at an online Atlantic Council forum, Joel Rayburn, deputy assistant secretary of the Levant and special envoy for Syria, pointed to the Iranian-backed militias that are firing rockets and mortars into the “Green Zone,” which houses the American embassy, and carrying out a number of highly-publicized political killings. Rayburn said “this has become intolerable.” LINK TO ARTICLE
10/09/2020

Erdoğan and His Arab Brothers

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,772, October 8, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: After the infamous Mavi Marmara incident of May 2010, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and then foreign policy tzar Ahmet Davutoğlu (later PM and now an Erdoğan opponent) pledged to internationally isolate Israel. This was intended to help them advance their Islamist agenda and augment an emerging unity in the umma, preferably under Turkish leadership. A decade later, pragmatic Arab states are lining up to normalize relations with Israel, leaving state actors Iran and Turkey as well as non-state actor Hamas in a punishing position of international isolation—exactly where Turkey wanted to push Israel. Link […]
10/06/2020

A GLOBAL FRAUD: COVID 19

A Global Fraud: Lawyer Dr. Reiner Fuellmich And The German Corona Investigative Committee Seek Accountability For Fraudulent Virus Testing And Massive Destruction Of Economies And Lives.  Dr. Reiner Fuellmich is a consumer protection trial lawyer in Germany and California. He is one of four members of the German Corona Investigative Committee. Dr. Fuellmich talks about how his Committee is seeking to file an international class action suit for crimes perpetrated by those who he says used fraudulent testing to engineer a fraudulent pandemic and how more than 50 other countries so far are following suit. Because of censorship I provide two links Video […]
10/01/2020

Syrian Fighters Traveled Through Turkey To Fight Armenia

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday Syrian extremist fighters were operating in Nagorny Karabakh, where Armenia and Azerbaijan are engaged in heavy fighting. Macron said he had evidence that militants had traveled through the Turkish city of Gaziantep on their way to the conflict in the Caucasus, where the fiercest clashes in years have left nearly 130 people dead. Link to Article
10/01/2020

Trudeau’s Canada, Vassal of Iran

Recent developments confirm that Canada has become a major hub for the Islamic Republic in Iran and its supporters, and perhaps an unsafe place for Canadian-Iranian democracy activists. On January 8, 2020, the regime shot down Ukraine Airliner Flight 752, resulting in the death of 57 Canadian-Iranians and 119 others. Despite receiving promises of justice from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, victims’ families have instead experienced threats and intimidation by the regime and its supporters within Canada, while Ottawa continues a fruitless policy of engagement with Tehran. Other Canadian-Iranians have been openly and publicly threatened with physical harm by regime sympathizers in Toronto. Canada is a […]
09/30/2020

Armenia Threatens Use of Iskander Missiles

In theory the Iskander can be fitted with tactical nuclear weapons Amid ongoing clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces over control of the disputed  Nagorno-Karabakh region, the latter party’s close defense partner Turkey has reportedly threatened to deploy American-supplied F-16 fighter jets against Armenian forces. This follows multiple reports that Turkey had dispatched Al Qaeda-linked jihadists to support Azeri forces against the Armenian Army, and could represent the third foreign military intervention by the NATO member state this year following major interventions against the Russian backed Syrian Arab Army and the Egyptian backed Libyan National Army. The Armenian government has referred […]
09/30/2020

Iran Guards Unveil New Naval Ballistic Missile

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Sunday unveiled a new naval ballistic missile with a potential range of over 700 kilometers (430 miles), local media reported, following months of tensions with arch-enemy the United States. The missile, dubbed “Zolfaghar Basir,” is the naval variant of the surface-to-surface Zolfaghar ballistic missile, according to Tasnim news agency. Link to Article
09/30/2020

Houthi Offensive in Marib Represents Dual Threat to Yemeni Government

Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 18 Issue: 17 By: Brian M. Perkins  The oil-rich governorate of Marib has increasingly become the focal point of the war in Yemen as the Houthis’ determination to take control of the strategic governorate has intensified over the past several months. Marib is the last remaining stronghold in the north for Yemen’s internationally recognized government and is a key strategic territory not only due to its oil fields, but also because it could set the stage for the Houthis to eventually move into key southern governorates, where fractures between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and pro-government forces […]
09/30/2020

Turkey Courts African States as France Seeks EU Partners

BY Brian M. Perkins Turkey’s increasingly assertive military and economic role has seen the balance of power across several key regions begin to shift, particularly in the Mediterranean and the Maghreb, where Ankara’s role in Libya has significantly changed the geopolitics of North Africa. Ankara has sought to turn the tide of the Libyan war by attempting to enlist neighboring countries as military partners, and if that route fails, as more passive collaborators or supporters of Turkish involvement. Link to Article
09/30/2020

We’re Not Allowed to Comment Negatively on Anything About China

An ex-Fed official says asset managers are self-censoring their true views of the country. Avoca recently published a detailed paper undermining the veracity of China’s official economic data, the stability of its financial systems, and U.S. investment advisors’ legal footing for not ringing the alarm, should they suspect chicanery.  Link to Article
09/30/2020

Xinjiang’s System of Militarized Vocational Training Comes to Tibet

Introduction and Summary In 2019 and 2020, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) introduced new policies to promote the systematic, centralized, and large-scale training and transfer of “rural surplus laborers” to other parts of the TAR, as well as to other provinces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In the first 7 months of 2020, the region had trained over half a million rural surplus laborers through this policy. This scheme encompasses Tibetans of all ages, covers the entire region, and is distinct from the coercive vocational training of secondary students and young adults reported by exile Tibetans (RFA, October […]
09/30/2020

China’s Growing Influence In Eastern Europe

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09/30/2020

China Has Border Disputes With 17 Countries

China has more than a dozen unresolved border, land, and maritime disputes. Let’s go over them one by one, and see what all the fuss is about. Video News report Link to Video Report
09/29/2020

Armenia vs Azerbaijan, what we know

BY JOSEPH TREVITHICK AND THOMAS NEWDICK :  Renewed fighting over a long-standing territorial dispute could have broader implications, with Russia and Turkey supporting the opposing sides. This latest round of fighting erupted on Sept. 27, 2020, with reported Azerbaijani attacks at various points along the so-called Line of Contact (LOC) separating them from forces in the self-declared, Armenian-backed Republic of Artsakh, which controls the bulk of Nagorno-Karabakh.  A new major conflict has erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the long-disputed mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region, with casualties being reported on both sides after just two days of fighting. The Azerbaijani military says that its expanding […]
09/28/2020

Chinese Link: Iranian Missiles Funded From Mexico

Cairo: A Chinese businessman, designated by the US for supporting manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, is involved in financing Iran’s missile program from Mexico, a media report has claimed. In 2016, the US froze the assets of Cheng Mingfu residing in Mexico and placed him on the list of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Department of the Treasury, allegedly for supporting the WMD production. Link to Article
09/28/2020

Venezuela And Iran Buck U.S. Sanctions Again To Export Crude

Bloomberg  After defying U.S. sanctions by shipping its first cargo of oil to Venezuela just last week, Iran is using the same ship to help the Latin American country export crude. The Iran-flagged supertanker Honey, also known as Horse, is loading Venezuela’s top exported grade Merey 16 at Venezuela’s government-controlled port of Jose, according to a shipping report seen by Bloomberg. The shipments offer some relief to the nation’s hobbled oil industry, as most shipowners and oil traders shun business with the country for fear of sanctions. Link to Article
09/28/2020

Is the Muslim Brotherhood Helping Iran Skirt US Sanctions?

By Dr. Reza Parchizadeh BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,754, September 22, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Many western analysts wonder how much longer the Iranian regime will be able to survive under the weight of backbreaking US sanctions. What they are missing is that the regime has been skirting the sanctions through the aid of long-time collaborators around the world. Evidence strongly suggests that the Muslim Brotherhood is chief among those collaborators. Link to Article
09/28/2020

Why Syria Is A Critical Part Of Russia’s Energy Strategy

By Simon Watkins Syria is crucial to Russia for three key reasons. First, it is currently the principal Western point of the Shia crescent of power that stretches from Syria and Lebanon through Iraq and Iran and then south into Yemen that Moscow has been cultivating for years as a counterpoint to the U.S.’s own sphere of influence centered on Saudi Arabia. Second, it offers a long Mediterranean coastline from which it can send oil and gas products (its own or those of its allies, notably Iran) for export either into major oil and gas hubs in Greece and Italy or […]
09/28/2020

Iran Significantly Boosts Oil Exports Despite Sanctions

From Oilprice.com Iran is estimated to have exported nearly 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and condensate so far in September, TankerTrackers told Reuters, in what would be the highest level of Iranian exports in a year and a half and double the observed exports in August.  Two other tanker-tracking firms have also seen an increase in Iranian oil exports so far in September, although not as much as TankerTrackers.com has found, according to Reuters.  Link to Article
09/28/2020

Turkish Foreign Minister Threatens US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Mevlut Cavusoglu took offence at comments that Turkey, the second biggest jailer of journalists in the world, is not democratic. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu discarded his diplomatic tools on Friday and ripped into US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, calling her ignorant and threatening that she “will learn to respect the Turkish people’s will.” Link to Article
09/27/2020

30 Billion Dollars of Palestinian Aid is Missing

Why are Hamas and PA so rich ? Gaza is one of the poorest places in the world; there are 1,700 millionaires among Hamas members. That’s the number of millionaires in Hamas, not the total number of millionaires in Gaza. We still don’t know what the total number is. Four of Hamas top leaders are billionaires. Dr. Musa Abu Marzook is considered one of Hamas’ wealthiest billionaires. “Arab sources estimate his wealth at $2-3 billion.  Khaled Mashaal. “Estimates around the world are that Mashaal is currently worth $2.6 billion, for examples. Recently Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas built a […]
09/26/2020

NEW TECH RAISES THE RISK OF NUCLEAR WAR

 Bryan Walsh: HOW NEW TECH RAISES THE RISK OF NUCLEAR WAR What’s happening: A mix of shifting geopolitical tensions and technological change is upsetting a decades-long state of strategic stability around nuclear weapons. LINK TO ARTICLE
09/26/2020

Deputy Army Commander Underlines Iranian Defense Industries

Deputy Army Commander Underlines Iranian Defense Industries’ Self-Sufficiency among Regional States TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Army Deputy Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Dadras said that the country is standing on its feet in its defense industries despite the harsh US sanctions, adding that no regional country enjoys such a capability.“Although, today we do not have F35 fighters, our equipment are not borrowed and we are not the puppets of the big powers in the region and have been able to turn the sanctions into an opportunity for progress and reach the innovation and self-sufficiency in manufacturing different (military) equipment,” General Dadras […]
09/26/2020

Syrian Army’s Idlib offensive is back on

Syrian Army’s Idlib offensive is back on after failed talks between Russia, Turkey Last week, Russian and Turkish military delegations met to discuss the ongoing situation inside the Idlib Governoarate; however, despite a desire for a solution there, both sides were unable to reach any sort of agreement. According to a military source in Damascus, the failure to reach a consensus on the situation in Idlib has led the Syrian Arab Army’s high command to once again resume plans for a large-scale offensive inside this governorate in northwestern Syria. LINK TO ARTICLE
09/26/2020

Palestinian Deceit and Disinformation

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,757, September 24, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Palestinians have been lying in all directions for far too long. A gullible liberal public might buy into their lies for a while, but not forever. The UAE and Bahrain are no longer swallowing Palestinian lies, and other Arab states might join them. LINK TO ARTICLE  
09/26/2020

IRAN Dual Launcher for Ra’ad-500 Tactical Ballistic Missile

On September 25, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) revealed a new dual launcher for Ra’ad-500, the countries most advanced tactical ballistic missile. Article See Also March 2020 Association Of Geo-Strategic Analysis Detailed Report Ra’ad-500 Tactical Ballistic Missile  A Preemptive Strike Weapon Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force unveiled on 9 Feb. 2020, a short-range tactical ballistic missile, the Raad – 500 (thunder). 
09/24/2020

Iran Deactivated US Navy Air Defense Systems In Persian Gulf ?

TEHRAN, (BM) – Iranian and Russian media have claimed in recent hours that Iran’s air force has managed to deactivate the anti-aircraft system of US warships in the Persian Gulf region Link to Article ADDITIONAL INFORMATION According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, which published the IRGC’s photos on Wednesday, the overflight occurred before the Nimitz transited the Strait of Hormuz. According to the US Navy, the 100,000-ton warship, along with two guided-missile cruisers and a guided-missile destroyer, passed through the waterway and entered the Persian Gulf on September 18. According to Tasnim, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri said the force […]
09/23/2020

Saudi King Salman: Hezbollah has destroyed Lebanon, Must Disarm

By Joseph Haboush Hezbollah’s hegemony over Lebanon has destroyed the country’s constitutional, state institutions and the only way to break out of this is for the Iran-backed group to be disarmed, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said Wednesday. King Salman also criticized Iran for turning down chances for peace. He said Tehran “time and again” used its terrorist networks to intensify its expansionist activities and destabilized several countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Lebanon. Article
09/23/2020

East Med Gas Forum Turns Into Regional Organization, In Blow To Turkey

By Ahmed Qandil  On Tuesday, representatives of Egypt, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Jordan and Israel concluded, in Cairo, an agreement to officially convert the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum into a regional organization. The Palestinian representative missed the meeting which was held via video conferencing. This move represents an important development for Cairo in its multifaceted dispute with Ankara. Through this step, Egypt has achieved a strategic goal that enables it to become a regional energy center and a major gas capital in the eastern Mediterranean, and gives it advantages due to its good infrastructure in this field. Article
09/23/2020

Erdogan Accuses Israel’s “Dirty Hand” Of Violating Jerusalem,

The Turkish president accused Trump of being a “collaborator” with Israel and called his peace plan “a document of surrender.” “Turkey will not support any plan the Palestinian people do not give consent to,” Erdogan said. “[The plan] does not mean anything beyond serving Israel’s efforts to erode basic international parameters.” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan said – “Erdogan continues his lies and antisemitic statements against Israel, and it is important that the world know the double standards by which he has been living for many years” Article
09/23/2020

NORTH KOREA Mirim Parade Training Ground: Probable Missile-Related Vehicle

Commercial satellite imagery from September 22 of the Mirim Parade Training Ground reveals a probable missile-related vehicle at the secure storage compound.** While imagery resolution is insufficient to determine exactly what the vehicle is, relative size and shape suggests that it may be a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) for a large missile. Moreover, the width to length ratio also suggests the vehicle appears to be around 20 meters long and approximately 3 meters wide, which would be of sufficient size to carry a Hwasong intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Alternatively, it could be a towed mobile-erector-launcher (MEL) with its truck-tractor attached. Article
09/23/2020

Engineered Pathogens and Unnatural Biological Weapons: The Future Threat of Synthetic Biology

Combating Terrorism West Point Abstract: Recent developments in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology have made it possible to engineer living organisms. Although these developments offer effective and efficient means with which to cure disease, increase food production, and improve quality of life for many people, they can also be used by state and non-state actors to develop engineered biological weapons. The virtuous circle of bioinformatics, engineering principles, and fundamental biological science also serves as a vicious cycle by lowering the skill-level necessary to produce weapons. The threat of bioengineered agents is all the more clear as the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated […]
09/23/2020

The Future Role of the U.S. Armed Forces in Counterterrorism

SEPTEMBER 2020, VOLUME 13, ISSUE 9 Combating Terrorism West Point Abstract: Many senior officials believe that emphasis on counterterrorism for the past two decades has compromised the ability of the U.S. armed forces to perform other critical military missions and that strategic competition, not terrorism, must now be the primary concern. This essay provides observations on the future role of the armed forces in counterterrorism and the future role of counterterrorism forces in great power competition. It notes that it will be difficult to demote counterterrorism while terrorists still remain a threat. However, there will be a further shift to counterterrorism without […]
09/23/2020

Azerbaijan-Turkey Strategic Alliance Deepens Amid Recent Conflicts – Analysis

The two Turkic states that often laud their bonds under the motto “one nation, two states” The relationship between Azerbaijan and Turkey has been on a developing course since the very beginning of the former’s post-Soviet independence, and has now arguably reached its hitherto peak. The unequivocal support by Turkish leaders to Azerbaijan amidst the escalation of its conflict with Armenia, the subsequent joint exercises and drills between their armed forces, and frequent mutual visits of high-ranking officials regardless of the pandemic are some of the highlights in the bilateral relations of the two countries in recent months. While the ethnic […]
09/23/2020

China Charts Its Own Path With Beidou Satellite System – Analysis

Not every native technological accomplishment gets a shout out in Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping’s annual New Year address. In Xi’s remarks last year, Beidou — China’s homegrown satellite — was bestowed the rhetorical honour a second time. On 23 June 2020, China launched the 55th satellite of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, which is now fully capable of providing services worldwide. Expect a third mention come 2021. Article
09/23/2020

Iran Confirms Supplying Yemen’s Houthis with Defense Know-How

A senior spokesman for the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces said the Islamic Republic has provided Yemen’s Houthis with the experience and know-how in the defense sector. However, speaking at a televised program on Tuesday, Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi dismissed the claims that Iran has supplied missiles to Yemen. Article
09/23/2020

Russia’s EW Systems Have Captured More Than 20 US Tomahawk Missiles In Syria

MOSCOW, (BM) – According to sources from the Russian Ministry of Defense, Russia has managed to deactivate about 40 American Tomahawk missiles that were fired during hostilities in Syria, Article
09/23/2020

Saudi Arabia will allow Umrah and visits to Holy Mosque starting on October 4

The pilgrimage will return in four phases, starting with up to 6,000 people a day Article
09/23/2020

Israel’s Most Active VC Firm Courts UAE Investors

‘Our phones have been burning up’ since the UAE-Israel peace deal, OurCrowd CEO said Article
09/23/2020

Saudi Arabia: A Nuclear Deal With Iran Must Preserve Non-Proliferation

The agreement ‘has to address Iran’s destabilizing behaviors and its sponsorship of terrorism’, the kingdom said Article
09/23/2020

YEMEN Latest Updates on Marib Front

ISWNews Analysis Group: Following the Ansar Allah operation in the south of Marib province, the district of al-Rahba is on the verge of complete liberation. According to the latest news from the southern fronts of Marib, AnsarAllah managed to liberate Salil mountain after which the Saudi-led forces withdrew from the Mathrah area. Article
09/20/2020

South Africa And Terrorism: The Links Are Real

South Africa has been used as a transit point for terrorists, and as a base for planning, training and financing terror operations. But perhaps the bigger problem is government communication in response to the allegations and mounting evidence. Rather than shedding light and inspiring confidence, the official line has fostered distrust and uncertainty. What we do know is that South Africa has a long history when it comes to violent extremism. Link To Article
09/20/2020

American Jews and Black Lives Matter

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,751, September 17, 2020 Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In a recent public letter permeated with distortions published in The New York Times, 600 Jewish signatory organizations identified themselves with Black Lives Matter (BLM). This decentralized movement was founded by Marxists and had in its original platform expressions of extreme anti-Israel incitement. BLM is a racist, anti-capitalist, anti-democratic movement that should be exposed as such and fought. It intends nothing good for Jews or Israel, regardless how many Jews proclaim their allegiance to it. Link to article
09/20/2020

Virologist: China released Covid -19 on purpose

In every crisis, there’s jeopardy and opportunity Chinese Proverb The questions of the true genomic origin as well as the direct source of the initial SARS-CoV-2 strain that infected Patient Zero in China, an event that ultimately unleashed COVID-19 on the world to devastating effect, are hotly debated and highly consequential.  So where does the truth “lie” ? Dr. Li-Meng Yan controversy. Link to article
09/18/2020

Hacker-For-Hire: A Story Of Iranian Cyber Recruitment

Cyber security researcher Chris Kubecka shares the story of how the Iranian government attempted for over two years to recruit her to come to Iran and teach the skills needed to hack critical infrastructure targets–until the FBI stepped in. Steph Shample of MEI’s Cyber program guest hosts this week’s special episode. Link
09/18/2020

The Syria Conflict: Latest Developments

Before it began, 2020 was assessed to be the last year of the Syrian civil war, which erupted in 2011. This turned out to be either wishful thinking or an overly optimistic assumption which fell victim to the Coronavirus. As the year approaches its end, the conflict is still there, with most of the same domestic and foreign actors – the Assad regime and its opposition, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Israel, the United States and various Jihadi groups. What are the military and political pictures? Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Prof. Zeev Khanin, Expert on Russian […]
09/17/2020

U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Report Iran Hackers

The Iranian-based malicious cyber actor associated to this report is known to target industries associated to information technology, government, healthcare, financial, and insurance across the US. The threat actor has been observed exploiting several publicly known Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) dealing with Pulse Secure virtual private network (VPN), Citrix NetScaler, and F5 vulnerabilities. Once the actor exploits these vulnerabilities, open source web shells and/or modified versions of the web shells are used to further entrench into a victim network. The web shells are publicly known as ChunkyTuna, Tiny, and China Chopper web shells. Web shells provide the hackers with […]
09/14/2020

Turkey’s Bid to Return to Ottoman-Era Glory Endangers Israel and the Region

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has high ambitions. He wants to take his country back to what he perceives as the glory days of the Ottoman Empire, but the leader, who has been described as “pugnacious” and has been at the pinnacle of power since 2002, appears to be leading the country down the wrong path as he quashes secularism, supports radical Islamism, suppresses democratic reforms and adopts a forceful foreign-policy approach that aims to assert Turkish hegemony in the region. Link to Article  
09/14/2020

Iran’s New Fateh-Class Submarine Debuts At Massive War Games

Fateh is not a midget submarine. It is a regular patrol submarine and can engage surface targets, presenting a threat to both warships and civilian vessels, particularly in the strategic choke point of the Strait of Hormuz. The large-scale Zulfiqar-99 military exercise held in Iran this week looked a bit like America in the 1980s. U.S.-supplied F-4E Phantom-II jets, Chinook and Sea King helicopters and the massive Sea Stallion were all showcased. LINK TO ARTICLE
09/14/2020

Iran’s New Fateh-Class Submarine

Iranian Navy has several types of submarines in service—mostly small-sized hulls based on North Korean designs. Tehran’s military machine is heavily dependent on other country’s weapon designs, be they Soviet tanks or American planes, although the Iranian navy’s newest submarine is the product of an indigenous design. Meet the Fateh-class submarine. Iranian state television released footage of a recent military exercise, and among the aged weapon systems seen in the video, Iran’s new Fateh-class submarine also made a brief appearance. In the clip, the Fateh submarine can briefly be seen sailing on the surface. Though not large by submarine standards, the Fateh-class nonetheless has some notable capabilities. LINK […]
09/14/2020

China’s Emerging Middle Eastern Kingdom

American policymakers have long assumed that Chinese and American goals in the Middle East are largely complementary. Beijing, so the prevailing wisdom holds, is fixated on commerce, with a special emphasis on oil and gas. “  LINK TO ARTICLE
09/14/2020

Next Phase of China-India Relations

The months-long standoff between India and China along their disputed Himalayan border now shows few signs of de-escalating. In mid-June, following a Chinese military incursion into eastern Ladakh in India, face-to-face fighting resulted in the deaths of 21 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops. The clash was the worst outbreak of violence between the two nuclear-armed countries since Mao Zedong’s China invaded Ladakh in 1962. LINK TO VIDEO
09/14/2020

UNDER THE NUCLEAR SHADOW Situational Awareness Technology and Crisis Decision making

By Rebecca Hersman, Reja Younis, Bryce Farabaugh, Bethany Goldblum, and Andrew Reddie Informed by research and eight tabletop exercises conducted with nearly 150 participants overall, this two-year study examines implications of the emerging strategic situational awareness ecosystem and its impact on crisis decision making. LINK TO REPORT
09/12/2020

East Mediterranean Disputes and Israel

Israeli Concerns And Interests  The eastern Mediterranean Sea is located between Italy in Europe, Libya in Africa and the shores of Asia. While considered as the ‘cradle of human civilization,’ these areas have often served as a fighting arena from time immemorial. Conflict and cooperation in the modern era of nation states following the decline of ancient empires has centered on the rich resources lying deep under the waters. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and a Lecturer at Shalem College, Jerusalem. – […]
09/11/2020

India – China Conflict

India Captures Chinese Camp in Himalayas Link to video report
09/11/2020

Iran Conducts Cyber Warfare Against Greek Navy Officers for Erdogan

“The attack was carried out by the Iranian hacker group called “Charming Kitten During the last few months, it was discovered that an Iranian hacker group attacked many officers from the Greek Navy.  Link to Article Association of Geo-Strategic Analysis Charming Kitten,  is also known as APT 35, Newscaster, Ajax Security Team, Phosphorus, and Group 83. Possibly linked to Rocket Kitten The Iranian attack group is well-known in the world and has an infamous reputation. In the past, cyberattacks against US soldiers and military infrastructure as well as American scientists and nuclear infrastructure have been attributed to the group.  Iranian President […]
09/11/2020

Jordan Reinstates Mandatory Military Service

(MENAFN – Jordan Times) AMMAN — The Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) and the Ministry of Labour on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinstate national military service. The military service program will only be mandatory for males aged between 25 and 29. It appears Jordan is seeking highly educated draftees. Link to Article
09/11/2020

China Looks To Build Espionage Hub In Iran Under 25-Year Deal

The next phase of the 25-year deal between China and Iran will focus on a large-scale roll-out of electronic espionage and warfare capabilities focused around the port of Chabahar and extending for a nearly 5,000 kilometer (3,000 mile) radius, and the concomitant build-out of mass surveillance and monitoring of the Iranian population, in line with the standard operating procedure across China, Link to article
09/07/2020

US Maximum Pressure Campaign Vs. Iran

In about two weeks’ time on September 20th, the global sanctions on Iran – which was lifted five years ago and included an embargo on conventional arms – will snap back into force due to an American decision to veto any United Nations Security Council action to avoid it. This is the latest move in U.S. President Donald Trump’s so-called ‘Maximum Pressure Campaign’ against the Ayatollah regime in the Islamic Republic. In defiance of Washington’s move, Tehran unveiled domestically produced long range ballistic and cruise missiles while simultaneously seeking international support through striking a deal with the International Atomic Energy […]
09/05/2020

1970 A Secret War Was Waged, Soviet Union vs Israel

The Secret Israel-Soviet Union War Nobody Knew About The Suez Wall – The Story of the Secret War between Israel and the Soviet Union” (Kinneret Zemora Press). The research that Dolin conducted for his master’s degree at Bar-Ilan was published as a book (in Hebrew Only): “The Suez Wall – The Story of the Secret War between Israel and the Soviet Union” In 2004, a student at Bar-Ilan University discovered a fascinating episode that the Israeli public is not that familiar with: a secret war between Israeli and Soviet forces during the War of Attrition in 1970. An interview with […]
09/05/2020

Kim Jong Un and the Bomb

Book Kim Jong Un and the Bomb Survival and Deterrence in North Korea By Ankit Panda North Korea’s quest for nuclear weapons didn’t begin in 2017. Kim Jong Un and the Bomb meticulously lays out how we got here—and what lies ahead. It should be required reading for understanding the motivations and machinations behind Kim’s destabilizing mission.’ — Jean Lee, former AP Pyongyang bureau chief, and director of the Center for Korean History and Public Policy, Wilson Center ‘One of the best volumes available to provide deep insights into the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the long cycle of danger—openings—progress—shattered hope. […]
09/05/2020

Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2020

The Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2020 investigates US–China great-power competition, US alliances and partnerships, the implications for Asia of the end of the INF Treaty, the breakdown in Japan–South Korea relations, the diplomatic deadlock on the Korean Peninsula and the role of regional and extra-regional middle powers like Australia, Indonesia and European actors. READ THE FREE INTRODUCTION
09/05/2020

Existential Threat Scenarios to the State of Israel

This 2020 study analyzed the potential existential threats facing Israel, their possible consequences, the security pillars that block them, and the internal and external processes that affect their level of severity. In the study, five existential threat scenarios were examined, of which three had a security/ military nature: the formation of a regional coalition against Israel; nuclear proliferation in the Middle East; and the failure of the Israeli response to a combined precision missile attack led by Iran and its proxies. The two additional scenarios had a political/social nature: international isolation and boycott of Israel; and the disintegration of Israeli […]
09/03/2020

Iran’s Asymmetrical UCAVs Warfare

Iran’s Asymmetrical UCAVs Warfare United Against Nuclear Iran Report : One asymmetric arena where Iran has expended considerable investment is in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, giving Iran an additional means of lethal power projection outside of its borders. Iran is also providing UAV systems to its proxies who act on Tehran’s behalf, further enhancing its ability to threaten the U.S. and its allies. Iran’s provision of weaponized drones to the Houthis highlights another facet of the Iranian drone threat, namely that Iran is proliferating drones and related technologies to its terrorist and militia proxies in violation of U.N. […]
09/03/2020

Report: The Missile War in Yemen

BY IAN WILLIAMS AND SHAAN SHAIKH The Missile War in Yemen is the first comprehensive review of missile and missile defense activity in the ongoing Yemen conflict. It reviews the events and trends that have shaped this part of the war, the strategy behind Houthi missile attacks, and how Houthi militants have acquired these weapons. It furthermore examines the ways the Arab coalition has countered the Houthi missile campaign, including its employment of Patriot missile defenses, efforts to close missile proliferation networks, and the efficacy of its attempts to destroy Houthi missile capabilities from the air. Summary The civil war in Yemen between the […]
09/02/2020

Lebanon Battles For Survival Amid Deep-Rooted Distress

Four weeks after the horrific blast on the port of Beirut, which killed close to 200 people, wounded thousands more and brought about the resignation of the cabinet – Lebanon is still beset by a series of crises – health, corruption and long-lasting political deadlock due to foreign influences. Is there a cure for the Lebanese problem? Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Dr. Nir Boms, Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University. – Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and a Lecturer at Shalem College. LINK […]
09/02/2020

Turkey’s Power Plays In The Mediterranean

Mediterranean nations like Turkey, Greece, and Egypt are engaging in a maritime dance of political posturing, and further escalation is likely. Link to Video
08/30/2020

GERMANY: Intel Confirms Iran Seeks Tech For Weapons Of Mass Destruction

A 112-page intelligence report from Saarland Germany,  Iran has looked to obtain information and items in Germany to advance its weapons of mass destruction programs. Previous reports by other state-level domestic intelligence agencies working within Germany’s federal system have, in recent years, reported that Iran has used its spy networks to advance its nuclear weapons program. The evidence has seemed at odds with Berlin’s continued support for the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran in which the latter pledged to give up its designs on a nuclear weapons program in exchange for sanctions relief. The recent Saarland report detailed how Iran had […]
08/30/2020

China And Russia In Mysterious New Submarine Project

According to RIA Novosti, a state-controlled Russian news agency, Russia and China are collaborating on a new submarine design (in Russian). The project is being coordinated by Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation. Russia has a proud tradition of submarine building, creating many of the most powerful and largest subs in the world, so it’s not surprising that Russian submarine technology is seen as significantly ahead of China’s. Russia helped China develop its submarine building industry, giving it the plans to the Golf Class ballistic missile submarine and Romeo Class attack submarine during the Cold War. More recently Russia supplied China […]
08/29/2020

The Revolutionary Guards: The Anatomy of a State Terrorist Organization

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,709, August 26, 2020 By Dr. Reza Parchizadeh EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was originally intended by the Islamist regime to be an ideologically oriented militia that would compensate for the regular Iranian army’s lack of revolutionary zeal. It has since replaced the regular army as Iran’s main military force and has spent decades working doggedly to export the regime’s Islamist brand of imperialism and conquest to the rest of the region and around the world. The IRGC is responsible, either directly or indirectly, for most of the worst terrorist outrages the world […]
08/29/2020

Investigators Find Iran Provided Hezbollah With Stockpile Of Ammonium Nitrate In 2013

(New York, N.Y.) – Iran’s material support of Lebanese Hezbollah is under intensified scrutiny, as officials continue their investigation into the deadly explosion of 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate at the Port of Beirut earlier this month. The port warehouse identified as the epicenter of the blast housed an untouched stockpile of ammonium nitrate for over six years – around the same time new reports indicate the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force supplied over 650 tons of ammonium nitrate to Hezbollah in 2013. The material is often used in bomb making. Hezbollah has also reportedly been caught storing ammonium nitrate in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, and Germany. […]
08/29/2020

Unexpected Mystery Submarine In North Korea

There are very few countries that can build an entirely new class of submarine without the rest of the world knowing. Submarine technologies and specifications are often secret, but the mere existence of the submarine isn’t. Except in North Korea, where the first we know of a new submarine may be when it shows up in satellite images. This is exactly what has happened. Link to Article            
08/29/2020

North Korea Building A Submarine Capable Of Launching Nukes?

If true a deadly preempted strike weapon Satellite images reveal that North Korea is building a submarine that could launch ballistic missiles — signaling that the rogue regime is inching toward having an alternative means of delivering nuclear weapons, according to a report. LINK TO ARTICLE
08/29/2020

SYRIA – US and Russian Forces Incident

On 26 Aug 2020 US and Russian Forces Incident  A Russian vehicle sideswiped a U.S. MRAP in a violent confrontation deep inside the Eastern Syria Donconfliction Zone, where Russian troops are not expected to be operating. Four U.S. troops suffered concussions. Officials from both countries are discussing the incident. In recent months Russian forces have increasingly encroached on U.S. troop-controlled territory in eastern Syria, part of what officials say is a deliberate campaign to squeeze the U.S. military out of the region, POLITICO reported in June. In the most violent skirmish in months between U.S. and Russian forces in Syria, a vehicle […]
08/29/2020

Iraq Situation Report Institute for the Study of War

 By Calvin Pugh, Brian Carter, and Katherine Lawlor Key Takeaway: Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi led an Iraqi delegation to Washington, DC, for a productive second stage of the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue. Delegates representing Iraq and the United States agreed to a number of economic and energy deals and to the continued drawdown of US forces. They did not set a concrete timeline for the complete withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, a key demand of the Iranian regime and its Iraqi proxies. Iran’s proxy militia network in Iraq accelerated its campaigns of targeted assassinations of activists and improvised explosive device (IED) […]
08/27/2020

The JCPOA and the Demise of the Post-Cold War Order

BY CAROLINE GLICK , AUTHOR AND SENIOR COLUMNIST, ISRAEL HAYOM We now face the prospect of the UN breaching its own binding resolution to block the U.S. from using the power the resolution unambiguously granted it. Trump administration’s decision to walk away from the JCPOA and reimpose U.S. sanctions on Iran and its efforts to reimpose UN sanctions against Iran under Resolution 2231’s snapback clauses reflect the administration’s deep-seated commitment to preventing a rogue regime, which has pledged to annihilate Israel and aspires to destroy the United States, from acquiring the means to build a nuclear arsenal. Obviously, it is not the […]
08/27/2020

Macron, Erdogan Use Each Other To Reach Nationalist Voters – Guillaume Perrier

Guillaume Perrier, longtime Turkey correspondent for French newspaper Le Monde, told Ahval editor David Lepeska that the threat of Turkey-linked political parties and Islamist and ultra-nationalist groups is growing in France and that with their latest exchange of insults presidents Erdogan and Macron are playing to a domestic audience and may soon move closer on Libya and the eastern Mediterranean as Paris aims to broker talks. Podcast link  
08/26/2020

A Short History Of The Iranian Drone Program

By Michael Rubin Key Points Iran has embraced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as a major pillar of its military strategy. Iranian officials may exaggerate their capabilities, but Western analysts should not dismiss the threat posed by Iranian drones. Iranian authorities have invested in and experimented with drones for 35 years. Iranian authorities use drones for two main purposes: surveillance and attack. Iranian controllers now have the ability to conduct missions over the horizon and in most weather. Attack drones fall in two categories: Those with the ability to drop bombs or launch missiles and return to base and “kamikaze” drones […]
08/26/2020

Israel’s Rapprochement With The Arab World

A week after the United Arab Emirates and Israel announced their intention to normalize their relations and bring them from the practical level to an official one, there are mixed ramifications. More and more Arabian Gulf regimes react favorably and may soon follow suit, yet in Israel’s immediate vicinity, in Gaza, it is far from quiet, regardless of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s freeze on his plan to extend Israel’s sovereignty towards the Jordan River. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Dr. Nir Boms, Research Fellow, Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University (Istanbul, Turkey). – Dr. Joshua […]
08/26/2020

Russia and Iran’s Dangerous Energy Gambit in the Caucasus

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,708 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: There are signs that the current escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, far from being incidental to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, is driven by Russia’s and Iran’s economic warfare against a competing state and the need to return Europe to dependency on their oil and gas in light of US sanctions. Armenia benefits from the bellicose activity thanks to a sophisticated information warfare campaign in a heated US election year that has been unmatched thus far by Azerbaijan. But Baku can still turn its underdog position around by pursuing an assertive and affirmative policy […]
08/26/2020

Hamas Begins A War Against Israel On Erdogan’s Orders

Hamas launched a war against Israel on Erdogan’s orders, as the Turkish president and the leader of a Palestinian terrorist organization were meeting in Istanbul at the same time, a Greek media Pentapostagma reported, The AKP is launching another proxy war of Turkish President Erdogan, who wants to take control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque after Hagia Sophia, in order to present himself as the absolute leader of the Muslim world. Link To Article     
08/26/2020

Iran and the Israel-UAE Deal

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,704, August 21, 2020 By Dr. Doron Itzchakov  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates presents the Iranian regime with dilemmas on both the foreign and the domestic front. The regime fears the emergence of a new international alliance that will have greater power to contain its hegemonic regional aspirations, and there is a new urgency to the need to prove to the Iranian people that the government’s imperialist foreign policy works to their benefit. Link to Report
08/25/2020

Venezuela May Buy Missiles From Iran

CARACAS (Dispatches) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has thanked ally Iran for helping the South American country overcome U.S. sanctions on its oil industry and floated the idea of purchasing missiles from the country.Washington maintains sanctions against Iran’s oil industry as part of its “maximum pressure” campaign. Earlier this year, Tehran sent several gasoline cargoes to Venezuela to help it overcome fuel shortages, as well as equipment to help state oil company PDVSA repair its refineries.“We are helping each other,” Maduro said in an interview broadcast on state television. “I think the Iranian experience will help us reinforce our management […]
08/24/2020

How Effective Are Modern Air Defenses?

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08/24/2020

Kim Jong-Un Reportedly In Coma, Sister Kim Yo-Jong May Be De-fact-to Leader

According to the New York Post, Chang Song-min, a diplomat and former aide to South Korea’s late president Kim Dae-jung, has claimed that Kim is in extremely poor health. Recent appearances by the dictator, it is claimed, have in fact been faked. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service previously reported that Kim had delegated authority to aides including his sister Kim Yo Jong. Kim Yo Jong‘s increased presence on the political stage provides further evidence the North Korean leader is confined to bed. On Aug. 20, ranking lawmaker of the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee, Ha Tae-keung, told reporters that Kim Jong Un […]
08/23/2020

Integrating the PLA Rocket Force into Conventional Theater Operations

Publication: China Brief Volume: 20 Issue: 14 By: Roderick Lee Currently, only limited analytical discussion exists regarding the command authorities over China’s land-based ballistic and cruise missile inventory. Much of the discourse surrounding the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF)—the military service that operates most of China’s land-based precision strike systems—focuses on nuclear command and control. Further discussions regarding the PLARF’s conventional land-based ballistic and cruise missile systems are limited, and make only vague references as to how the PLA is working to integrate PLARF units into the theater command structure—without going into detail about the major obstacles that preclude full […]
08/23/2020

Why Libya’s Arms Embargo Is Failing

By Yigal Chazan Frequent violations of the weapons ban expose serious monitoring and enforcement flaws. Amid mounting concern that the conflict in Libya could become as intractable as the Syrian civil war, international attempts to uphold the United Nations arms embargo are floundering, primarily due to the limited scope of the monitoring mission and the apparent lack of political will to enforce it. Link to Article
08/23/2020

The Arab Palestinian Veto

By Caroline Glick Since Israel was established the Palestinian veto doomed all efforts to forge peace between the Arab world and the Jewish state. The Palestinian veto rests on a toxic proposition that Israel’s right to exist is contingent on its satisfaction of Palestinian claims against it. So long as the Palestinian Arabs say they are unappeased, Israel cannot expect the Arab world to either recognize or live in peace with it. The very existence of the veto has ensured that the Palestinians will never be satisfied with any Israeli concession and will never agree to peaceful coexistence with the […]
08/21/2020

East Mediterranean – Turkey Greece Tensions

When Homer wrote about “the wine-dark sea”, thousands of years ago, he referred to the same part of the Eastern Mediterranean which throughout history has been a naval battleground. Yet today history and geography converge once again with Turkey and its arch-rival Greece clash over gas reserves hidden underneath, and with regional powers such as Israel and Egypt siding with Athens against Ankara. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center (Central Israel). – Prof. Efraim Inbar, President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security […]
08/21/2020

UN Supports ‘World’s Worst State Sponsor of Terrorism,’ Iran

Europe’s leaders also did not support extending the arms embargo. They have been arguing that they want to preserve the nuclear deal. What deal? The deal that Iran never signed? The deal that Iran has been violating anyway? Although the US recently drafted a resolution to extend the Iran arms embargo, Russia and China exercised their UN security council vetoes. The other 11 members abstained. Russia’s leaders appeared more than willing to help Iran. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party, said in January 2020 that Russia needs to “offer Iran an agreement on military cooperation and urgently sell the most modern weapons so that […]
08/21/2020

This Map Explains How Chinese Bombers And Missiles Control The South China Sea

If you want to know why China wants control of the South China Sea – and why the U.S. and other nations may go to war to stop them – then take a look at this map. A U.S. think tank has put together an interactive map of how Chinese air, missile and radar bases in the disputed South China Sea enable Beijing to project military power as far away as Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The map, compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, depicts the ranges of Chinese weapons and radar deployed on various small islands and reefs in […]
08/21/2020

Russia-Iran Relations And Interests

Several weeks ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif travelled once again to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. As usual, they issued a most positive communique, but behind the nice words there lies friction between these two actors in the Syrian conflict, among other regional sectors of operation. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Mr. Meir Javedanfar, Iran lecturer, IDC Herzliya – Prof. Zeev Khanin, Expert on Russian and Middle Eastern Studies, Bar Ilan and Ariel Universities. LINK TO VIDEO
08/19/2020

Erdogan’s Hands In Yemen

By Saleh Baidhani : The political agenda behind the systematic smuggling of Turkish weapons into Yemen. Ankara’s role in the Arab country become more discernible , when arms shipments began pouring into Yemeni cities. Security authorities announced the seizure of many of such shipments beginning in 2013, including silencer pistols that were believed to have been used in assassinations. Link to Article    
08/18/2020

The Arab World Is Fed Up With The Palestinians

By Ben-Dror Yemini   As these nations come to conclusion that ‘Palestinian problem’ is not an asset but a burden, they will no longer entertain every Palestinian whim, leaving just Yemen and Qatar aligned with Iran and Turkey’s axis of evil LINK TO ARTICLE    
08/18/2020

The Beirut Disaster: Implications for Lebanon and U.S. Policy

Four experts discuss the deadly Beirut explosion as it relates to the Lebanese political system, Hezbollah hegemony, and foreign aid. On August 13, The Washington Institute held a virtual Policy Forum with Saleh Machnouk, Hanin Ghaddar, Matthew Levitt, and Charles Thepaut. Machnouk is a columnist at the Lebanese daily an-Nahar and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge. Ghaddar is the Institute’s Friedmann Fellow and a former journalist with the Lebanese media. Levitt is the Institute’s Fromer-Wexler Fellow, director of its Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, and creator of its newly released Hezbollah Select Worldwide Activity Interactive Map and Timeline. Thepaut, […]
08/18/2020

The MENA Region’s Water Crisis: Avoiding Potential Water Wars

The population of the Middle East and North Africa is facing an imminent, severe water crisis, with a number of potentially disastrous consequences for the region. This water crisis—devastating in and of itself—also means food shortages and famine. Moreover, this additional pressure on the region’s most vulnerable is likely to increase or even begin large-scale conflicts and contribute to an already significant refugee crisis. Approximately 60 percent of the Middle East and North Africa’s population already live in areas under severe water stress; if the current rates of land degradation continue, 8.3 million more hectares of arable land will be lost by 2020. Average […]
08/13/2020

US Global Disruption of Three Terror Finance Cyber-Enabled Campaigns

US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REPORT The Justice Department today announced the dismantling of three terrorist financing cyber-enabled campaigns, involving Hamas al-Qassam Brigades military wing, al-Qaeda, and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).  This coordinated operation is detailed in three forfeiture complaints and a criminal complaint unsealed today in the District of Columbia.  These actions represent the government’s largest-ever seizure of cryptocurrency in the terrorism context. These three terror finance campaigns all relied on sophisticated cyber-tools, including the solicitation of cryptocurrency donations from around the world.  The action demonstrates how different terrorist groups have similarly adapted their terror finance […]
08/13/2020

U.S. Diplomat: FBI To Join Beirut Blast Investigation

The FBI will join Lebanese and other international investigators in the probe of the massive explosion at Beirut’s port that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, a U.S. diplomat said Thursday. Lebanese authorities had invited the FBI to take part, and it is one way that Washington can help the country deal with the effects of the disaster, said U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale as he toured the Gemayezeh neighborhood, which was damaged by the Aug. 4 blast. “The FBI will soon join Lebanese and international investigators at the invitation of the Lebanese […]
08/13/2020

Why The Army Should Be The Focus Of Lebanon’s Protests

By KHALED ABOU ZAHR Protesters should, therefore, no longer waste their time protesting dead institutions such as the current president, but instead should protest in front of the Lebanese Armed Forces, asking for their support. Stop throwing rocks and stones at dead institutions. Go ask for the action of the only institution that might be able to make a change. Ask for the creation of a new governing and legislative entity that will start to rebuild the entire structure of the country. Prosperity can only come through meritocracy and inclusiveness that will unleash the incredible talent of the Lebanese people […]
08/13/2020

Six Blasts, Each 11 Seconds Apart, Preceded Colossal Beirut Explosion

Amazing findings change the story of the Beirut blast The tremendous explosion in Beirut was preceded by six smaller explosions that took place with equal time intervals. Unequivocal seismological statistics indicate the unusual events can be explained as acts of sabotage or as a malfunction of weapons that were being stored nearby. The amazing findings, which are being revealed here for the first time, were discovered and analyzed by geophysics experts in cooperation with Israel’s Tamar engineering group, The Tamar group, which was established by Boaz Hayoun, a former officer in the IDF’s Engineering Corps, has for decades dealt with the […]
08/12/2020

China’s Growing Influence Over Iran

The old lesson about ‘politics abhorring a vacuum’ (including on a global scale) is apparently being learned once again in the Middle East. The United States is in the process of leaving Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. This policy could be reversed by a future administration, but for the time being, an assertive Russia stepped in to claim a leading role in Syria. Even more ominously, China has been negotiating trade and military agreements with Iran. The more the Islamic Republic sinks into crises in its health, economy and strategic affairs, the more Beijing could become its protector and use Tehran […]
08/12/2020

The Mullahs and Hezbollah, Lords of Drug Smuggling

by Majid Rafizadeh Drugs are sold to Western infidels as part of the war against the enemies of Islam. The international community, the United Nations, and specifically its Office on Crimes and Drugs, remain totally silent on Hezbollah and Iran’s large-scale drug trafficking across the world. LINK TO ARTICLE See also Association of Geo-Strategic Analysis report The Dirty Secret No One Talks About, Tehran’s Heroin Drug Trade / its Narco -War Against America
08/12/2020

Analysis: Lebanon Government Steps Down. So What?

By David Romano Lebanon’s prime minister and leading government ministers announced their resignation on Monday evening. They evidently preferred to fall on their swords after demonstrations in Beirut featured effigies with nooses around the necks of Hassan Diab, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and others. The question is, will Lebanon get the change it really needs? LINK TO ARTICLE
08/11/2020

1968-70 Israel’s War of Attrition is Potently Relevant Today

by Jonathan Ruhe and Ari Cicurel The War of Attrition with Egypt, referred to in Arabic as the War of Bloodshed, raged across the Suez Canal from 1968-70. As the names suggest, Egypt sought to bleed Israel, thereby reducing Jerusalem’s territorial conquests and military superiority from the 1967 Six-Day War. On paper, Israel won the War of Attrition on the battlefield and in the ceasefire, which left the IDF in place along the canal. But actual victory proved elusive. The conflict ate away at some of Israel’s critical military advantages from the Six-Day War, particularly combat aircraft, and did little to prepare Israel for […]
08/11/2020

The Intelligence Dimension of the IDF’s Flight from South Lebanon in May 2000

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,682, August 9, 2020 By Col (Res.) Dr. Raphael G. Bouchnik-Chen EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The extent of the current military threat to Israel posed by Hezbollah is the outcome of the hasty Israeli withdrawal from the security zone in South Lebanon in May 2000. Then-PM Ehud Barak appears to have made this fundamental decision without consulting Israeli intelligence. DOWNLOAD REPORT LINK
08/11/2020

IRAN : Khamenei’s Offering $100,000 Bounty For Bombing The U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem

There is one man in control of the Islamic Republic of Iran the great dictator, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei. Nothing in Iran is done without his permission. The $100,000 bounty for the bombing of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, was initially released by Islamic Revolutionary  Guard Corps (IRGC) run Fars News agency in 2018. Khamenei offer the bounty through the IRGC controlled Iranian Justice Seeker Student Movement .
08/09/2020

Israel’s Imminent Security Challenges

LINK TO VIDEO In recent weeks tensions along Israel’s northern front have erupted on several locations – steeply exacerbating the prospects for wider escalation. Are we on the brink of war despite widespread domestic unrest in all the member-states involved? Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Brigadier General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Project Director on Middle East Developments, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. – Dr. Nir Boms, Research Fellow, Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University.
08/08/2020

What Really Happened at the Port of Beirut?

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,681, August 7, 2020  By Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion occurred at a warehouse on the waterfront of the Port of Beirut, Lebanon. It killed at least 135 people, wounded at least 5,000, left approximately 300,000 people homeless, and devastated the port region of the city, causing damages estimated between $10 billion and $15 billion. The Lebanese authorities are blaming the explosion on mismanagement by port officials, but there is reason to suspect that it was the result of Hezbollah negligence.  DOWNLOAD REPORT LINK
08/07/2020

Israel, Hezbollah, and the Disaster in Lebanon

PODCAST LINK ISRAEL – Institute for National Security Studies Orna Mizrahi, a senior research fellow at INSS, and Yoram Schweitzer, head of the INSS Program on Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflict, discuss the growing tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, as well as the implications of the massive blast at the port of Beirut on Lebanon and on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict. What are the reasons for the current tension along Israel’s northern border? What are the interests of the respective actors? How does the situation in Lebanon, especially the latest disaster in Beirut, affect Hezbollah’s calculations and behavior?
08/07/2020

Israel Versus Anyone: A Military Net Assessment of the Middle East

LINK TO REPORT This report assessments are based on historically proven combat data, which reflects the impact of human and technical quality on military combat effectiveness. The study also reflects a unique understanding of the significant variation in the efficiency of alternate national defense systems and the realistic impact of time on the generation of regional military power. Israel Military Strength (2020) The study first provides a summary of current Israeli military capability. Rather than simply providing figures, this section provides a baseline for subsequent comparisons of Israeli capability to the ability of remote countries to project military power into the […]
08/07/2020

China Has Been Hoarding Iranian Crude Oil

A number of high-profile reports last week cited data released on 26 July by China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) as clear evidence that China did not import any crude oil from Iran in June ‘for the first time since January 2007’. This is absolute nonsense. Not only is China continuing to import many millions of barrels of crude oil from Iran every single month but also it will continue to do so in line with the now firmly in-play 25-year deal between the two countries.   Specifically, from 1 June to 21 July (51 days), China imported at least 8.1 […]
08/07/2020

China Announces Hydropower Megaprojects In Pakistan

Beijing has invested significantly not only in financial terms but also politically. In this context, the success of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is essential to showcase Beijing’s model of development. The CPEC was announced in 2013 in response to the countries’ economic needs and political necessities. After the election that brought Imran Khan to power, Chinese-Pakistani relations entered a difficult phase due to the criticism of the new government concerning the conditions of the loans. More recently, however, the CPEC has seen a revival as the countries have settled certain differences and signed new multibillion agreements in amongst others […]
08/07/2020

Beginning Of A Nuclear Power Race In The Gulf States

One of the world’s largest oil producers and exporters, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has just launched the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world.  Touted as a major milestone for the UAE and its energy diversification, the project raises questions about the economic viability of an expensive nuclear power plant in one of the best spots for solar energy in the world.  The rest of the article here
08/07/2020

Pakistan Army Receives Its First Batch of Al-Khalid-I MBTs

The Pakistan Army (PA) officially inducted into service its first batch of Al-Khalid-I main battle tanks (MBTs) in a ceremony held on 28 July at the facilities of state-owned defense manufacturer Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) in the Rawalpindi District of the Pakistan’s Punjab Province. During the ceremony, which was also attended by Pakistan’s chief of army staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the platform displayed some of its capabilities, including “mobility, speed, bi-axis gun stabilisation of the control system, and use of smoke screen to mask movement”, said ISPR, adding that the new tanks will be handed over to formations that […]
08/05/2020

New Zealand At The Center Of Regional – Territorial Power Play

LINK TO VIDEO REPORT The recent mapping of New Zealand’s continental crust could redefine maritime boundaries in the Pacific. New Zealand has sovereign rights over a vast area of ocean, along with the fishery, mineral and petroleum resources that may exist in that area. This falls into a balance of regional players of Asia, China , EU and America.
08/05/2020

We Were Caught Unprepared: The 2006 Hezbollah-Israeli War U.S. Army Combined Arms Center Combat Studies

2006 Lebanon War The 2006 Lebanon War, also called the 2006 Israel–Hezbollah War and known in Lebanon as the July War and in Israel as the Second Lebanon War, was a 34-day military conflict in Lebanon, Northern Israel and the Golan Heights. The principal parties were Hezbollah paramilitary forces and the Israel Defense Forces. REPORT LINK The Combat Studies Institute (CSI) is pleased to present Long WarSeries Occasional Paper 26, We Were Caught Unprepared: The 2006Hezbollah-Israeli War by CSI historian Mr. Matt M. Matthews. The outcomeof the war that was, at best, a stalemate for Israel has confounded militaryanalysts throughout […]
08/05/2020

ISRAEL 2006 HEZBOLLAH WAR

VIDEO REPORT LINK ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (July-August 2006)The Israel-Lebanon/Hezbollah War—(July 12, 2006-August 14, 2006): The latest chapter in the ongoing Arab-Israeli Conflict began on July 12, 2006, when guerillas from the Islamic Lebanese group, Hezbollah (Arabic for “Party of God), crossed into Israel and attacked an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) patrol, killing three and capturing two others. They then returned to southern Lebanon with their prisoners. Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said the men were taken in order to set up a prisoner exchange with Israel. Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, declared the attack an “act of war” on Lebanon’s part, and […]
08/05/2020

Iran’s Persistent Efforts To Preserve Its Regional Agenda

LINK TO VIDEO Despite repeated efforts to portray itself as resilient, the Islamic Republic of Iran is in one of its worst situations ever. The Corona virus crisis has it Iran especially hard. Its economy is crumbling. Mysterious attacks on its nuclear infrastructure seem to have set it back even as the regime threatened to ignore its international obligations to curb it. And its ambitious outreach to various parts of the Middle East has been blocked by persistent Israeli actions. What is in store for Tehran in the remainder of 2020? Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. […]
08/04/2020

Lebanese Hezbollah Select Worldwide Activities Interactive Map and Timeline

LINK TO RESOURCE Hezbollah is a global organization engaged in overt social and political activities in Lebanon, military activities throughout the Middle East, and covert militant, criminal, and terrorist activities around the world. While highly public about its social and political work, the group goes to great lengths to conceal its illicit pursuits. As a result, no single repository of the collected, open-source information about Hezbollah’s worldwide activities is yet available. This deficit has hindered the emergence of a fully informed public debate on the totality of Hezbollah’s activities.
08/04/2020

Countering Iran’s Asymmetric Way of War Washington Institute for Near East Policy,

Postcast and downloadable reports For forty years, Iran has operated in the gray zone between war and peace to manage risk, prevent escalation, and avoid war. To do so, it leverages asymmetries to achieve disproportionate effects, and employs its hybrid force structure for maximum effect. The current U.S. approach, military analyst Michael Eisenstadt explains in the latest episode of the Middle East PolicyCast podcast, is based on overt action, blunt force, and emphatic messaging, all of which entail a heightened potential for escalation. But an alternative gray zone approach—one focused on covert or unacknowledged activities, indirection, subtlety, and discreet messaging—could […]
08/02/2020

Israel And The Mideast: Lebanon / Syria A Situation Overview

LINK TO VIDEO The border between Israel and Lebanon flared up this week, as the leader of the Iranian-proxy Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, made good on his promise to retaliate for each time one of his operatives is killed in alleged Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in Syria. Israel, which counter-claimed that the Lebanese national killed in an Iranian facility near Damascus last week was unknown to it, tried to avoid escalation. Nevertheless, the escalation earlier this week seemingly demonstrated the fragility of the cease-fire along Israel’s many fronts. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Dr. […]
07/28/2020

Erdogan Signs Military Agreement with Niger

Erdogan expands warfront forming new alliances, sending message to Egypt. The signing of a military agreement with Niger, a neighbouring country of Libya, reflects Turkey’s interest to have a foothold in a country adjacent to Libya, The New Khalij reported on Friday. The agreement was reached during last week’s tour by the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu of Africa, as Niger was among the African countries he visited. Çavuşoğlu met with President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, and both sides discussed the effects of the unstable security situation in Libya on their countries. The New Khalij disclosed that Turkey, which has military agreements with Libya, […]
07/28/2020

Libya Satellite Images Turkey Al-Watiyah Airbase Missile Batteries Construction

Satellite images  al-Watiyah airbase located in northwest of Libya released which show new SAMs installed. In addition, a Turkish ECM Koral system can be seen in the published images. Turkish military analyst Metin Gurcan, recently pointed out that “medium- and high-altitude air defense is vital for air dominance in the Sirte-al-Jufra axis, but this remains a problem for Turkey, though low-altitude air defense has been secured through the deployment of the Hisar air defense systems in Libya.” But Turkey’s air defenses have their limitations. While Ankara also deployed two MIM-23 Hawk batteries at al-Watiya airbase, they did not prevent an air strike on […]
07/28/2020

Iran Purchases Six ORION-20 Ekranoplan From Russia

Russia has sold Iran six ekranoplan ground-effect vehicles (GEVs), RIA Novosti has reported. The model sold to Iran is the ORION-20 Ekranoplan. It has been in operation in Russia for the past few years. Ekranoplan are needed by Iran navy to launch quick amphibious assaults across the Persian Gulf to carry special forces and hold/ occupy territory, before more forces are moved by regular ships later The ORION-20 has a maximum speed of 180 km/h and can haul one ton of cargo, plus 12 passengers. According to a statement from ORION: “A contract for the supply of six vehicles to Iran […]
07/27/2020

AFRICOM : Russia and the Wagner Group Military Ops Libya

United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) assessed the Russian Federation continues to violate UN Security Council Resolution UNSCR 1970 by actively providing military equipment and fighters to the front lines of the Libya conflict. AFRICOM has documented in a series of media releases, the U.S. assesses that Russia supplied Wagner forces operating in Libya with fighter aircraft, military armored vehicles, air defense systems, and supplies, further complicating the situation and increasing the risk for miscalculation leading to continued and needless violence in Libya.  “Imagery reflects the broad scope of Russian involvement,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Gregory Hadfield, AFRICOM deputy director […]
07/27/2020

Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs chairman Snap Visit to Israel

General Mark A. Milley is the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council. The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday 24 July, meeting with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, IDF chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi and Mossad director Yossi Cohen, along with other top brass. They discussed regional security challenges” at a time of heightened tensions with Iran and its allies across the Middle East. Army Gen. […]
07/22/2020

Guam’s B-1B Cruise Missiles

ARTICLE LINK ADDITION NOTES B-1Bs currently calling Guam home having one of its three cavernous weapons bays stuffed with live JASSMs. The images showcase the fact that the B-1B can put even a peer state’s most defended targets at risk from a standoff distance. The JASSM has a declared range of around 230 miles, while its enhanced successor, the JASSM-ER, can reach out and touch targets nearly 600 miles from its point of launch. The B-1B itself has an intercontinental range.  The AGM-158C LRASM, based on the AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER), is the new low-observable […]
07/22/2020

US Military Expansion, Wake Island

U.S. Military has carried out a considerable expansion of its airfield at Wake Island, which is situated between Japan and Hawaii and is seen as a vital staging ground for projecting power into the Western Pacific. The expansion comes amid growing tensions with China and a simmering conflict with North Korea, both of which have invested heavily in ballistic missiles and a range of other assets capable of striking Guam – currently a central hub for U.S. air and naval  operations in East Asia. The U.S. has notably sought to develop facilities further afield than Guam to provide greater survivability against possible Chinese […]
07/22/2020

Through 2022 Turkey Will Be Manufacturing F-35 Components

Will F-35 Technology Finds Its Way Into Turkey’s  TF-X Fighter ? Turkish manufacturers are involved in building some 937 parts for the F-35, according to Pentagon. About 400 of those parts are sole-sourced in Turkey. Understanding F-35 technological production puts Turkish military industries on the fast track for their  TF-X Fighter. Within the scope of TF-X Program, Turkey will become one of the few countries to possess the necessary technologies, engineering infrastructure and production capabilities. Once the engineering activities on all the critical technologies are accomplished (e.g. increased situational awareness, sensor fusion, low observability, weapon bay, …etc), which are needed […]
07/22/2020

Assad’s Syrian Regime Captured A Black Hornet Spy Drone

In July 19, 2020, a photograph first emerged online on Pro-regime social accounts claimed that Syrian troops recovered the Black Hornet near the town of Tal Tamr in the country’s northeastern Al Hasakah Governorate, which borders Turkey to the north and Iraq to the south. The Black Hornet 3, currently developed and made by FLIR Systems, spans an impressively small seven inches long and weighs only a tenth of a pound. The drone is controlled by its controller using a tablet-like touchscreen device and a hand-held controller.  The drone can be sent to a specific location using a GPS-enabled navigation […]
07/19/2020

Egyptian Forces Enter Libya

The Libyan House of Representatives in Tobruk this week passed a motion approving Egyptian military intervention, should this prove necessary in the fight against the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.  On Friday, Egyptian forces entered Libya backing up the war-torn country’s warlord General Haftar Khalifa’s forces (Libyan National Army). Turkey, which supports the rival forces of UN-recognised Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, slammed the intervention in the country’s civil war as ‘illegal’. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “Steps taken by Egypt here, especially their siding with the putschist Haftar, show they are in an illegal process,” he said. He also called the […]
07/18/2020

Japan’s ASM-3 Supersonic Cruise Missile

The ASM-3 is a supersonic missile that could prove to be the game-changer for Japan to counter the Chinese (PLAAF) warships. Developed by Mitshubishi Heavy Industry, It travels hits its target five times faster than the speed of sound, making directional enhancements by itself, almost impossible to detect like a stealth fighter jet and carries a “Sea Buster” tandem charge warhead designed to annihilate surface warships and aircraft carriers. According to Jane’s, it is comprised of a central warhead, which carries armour-piercing high-explosive shells and a nose fuze, and a precursor warhead that uses shaped charges. Unmanageable to stop and […]
07/18/2020

Pakistan Navy New Special Warfare X-Craft Midget Submarine

The submarine was first revealed on Forbes in April 2020. Since then further satellite images have emerged. These provide additional clues about the unidentified boat. But more significantly, there may have been a social media leak from an official Twitter account. On July 3, Rear Admiral M Arshid Javed, Director General Public Relations for the Pakistan Navy, shared a video of a passing out parade. In the video new operatives of the Special Services Group Navy (SSG-N) special forces unit are parading and receiving awards. They are marching in the parade square at PNS Iqbal, the SSG-N’s headquarters and training base. For the first […]
07/16/2020

U.S. Air Force Future Skyborg AI Fleet

The world’s most advanced fighter jet, the Lockheed Martin F-35, costs around $100m per jet. Four of these in formation means almost half a billion dollars of hardware in the air (not including the per hour cost of flying them). Losing just one fighter would be catastrophic for the US Air Force’s budget. The US Air Force’s (USAF) project Skyborg aims to address this cost risk by replacing some of these expensive fighter jets with more affordable unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) acting as unmanned wingmen. Under the project, the Kratos-built XQ-58 Valkyrie drone will team up with the F-35 […]
07/16/2020

MQ-9 Reaper vs Shahed-129 | A Comparison of Military Drones (UCAV)

2020 VIDEO REPORT ADDITION NOTES AND VIDEOS HESA SHAHED-129  Iranian industry has been actively involved in development of drone aircraft for some time now – reengineering foreign types as well as evolving all-new indigenous designs with mixed levels of success. The HESA Shahed-129 series is a dual-role platform capable of reconnaissance work and attack. It was developed by the Shahed Aviation Industries Research Center of Iran with production handled by HESA (and based in the earlier “Shahed-123” which became a redesignation of the “HESA-100”). It appeared during September 2012, remains in active production and may have been procured by the […]
07/15/2020

Saudi F-15 Shoots Down Iranian Shahed 129 UCAVs Over Yemen

VIDEO Combat Video Footage Saudi Arabian F-15 aircraft A video reportedly filmed on July 2, 2020 shows Saudi Arabian F-15 aircraft intercepting and shooting down two Iranian Shahed 129 UCAVs over Yemen. These combat drones look to be a counterfeit model of the Israeli Hermes 450. The Shahed 129 combat drones are a direct copy based on reverse engineering from a crashed Israel Hermes 450 combat drone, according to various sources. The Shahed 129 is considered the country’s most capable drone. Shahed 129 is a powerful platform with significant more payload capacity, compared to other similar drones. Its external shape […]
07/15/2020

Seven to Eight Ships Catch Fire At Iran’s Bushehr Port

Massive Blaze Rips Through Iranian Port Near Nuclear Power Station As Seven Ships Burn 15 July 2020 (Reuters) – At least eight ships have caught fire at Iran’s Bushehr port, the Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of fires and explosions around the country, some of which have hit sensitive sites. No casualties have been reported, the agency said. Plumes of dense black smoke billowed into the air, in a photograph of the incident published by the official IRNA news agency. State broadcaster IRIB showed fighters tackling clouds of smoke […]
06/29/2020

ANALYSIS: Two Massive Mystery Explosions Iran on June 26

LINK TO ARTICLE ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONAL On June 25, Tehran residents were treated to an unusual sight, a bright orange light in the nighttime sky over Eastern Tehran. Iranian officials soon claimed that what had happened was a mere explosion of industrial gas tanks in the general area of Parchin, the site of Iran’s vast explosives, rocket, and ammunition manufacturing complex. Yet a closer examination of videos posted on social media seemed to suggest that the blast took place in the Khojir region of Tehran, something finally confirmed by satellite pictures a day later. While Parchin has gained notoriety for its role in Iran’s pre-2003 nuclear weapons program, Khojir has […]
06/23/2020

USS Gerald R. Ford , Delivered in 2017, Still Not Fit For Combat Duty

LINK TO ARTICLE The ship still does not have all of its essential systems certified, owing to major difficulties with its ship-service turbine generators, electromagnetic aircraft-launch systems, advanced arresting gear (the apparatus that slows down aircraft as they land on deck), and finally its weapons elevators. The upshot of all of these difficulties is that the Navy has been forced to use dollars from its crucial operations-and-maintenance accounts to “repair” a brand-new ship, for which it had already paid $13 billion, that has yet to deploy operationally, despite having officially been in the fleet for nearly three years.  It has […]
06/22/2020

Iran’s Unyielding Pursuit Of Nuclear Weapon Capabilities

LINK TO VIDEO With less than five months before the American Presidential elections, U.S. relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran seem to be moving on two parallel routes leading to heating up and cooling down. There has been a prisoner swap, with express calls on the American side to enlarge this opening for a comprehensive deal focusing on the nuclear dimension but not limited to it; but at the same time there are credible reports that the Iranian regime is moving its uranium stockpile dangerously close to a weapons-grade quantity. Do these currents contradict or complement one another? Panel: […]
06/20/2020

PM Netanyahu’s Hesitation – Judea and Samaria, Jordan Valley

LINK TO ARTICLE PM by Caroline Glick Netanyahu’s hesitation about applying Israeli law to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley is clearly a product of the immense pressure he is under from every direction to shelve President Trump’s Middle East peace plan.
06/20/2020

Egypt, Turkey War – Libya ?

LINK TO ARTICLE Turkey has increased its military intervention in Libya in recent months, sending ships off the coast, planes to bring weapons, mercenaries and armed drones to the country. This is ostensibly to support the government in Tripoli which is fighting a civil war against forces in eastern Libya. But it is actually part of Turkey’s desire for a greater role in energy exploration in the Mediterranean and aimed at weakening Egyptian-backed opposition forces. In response Egypt’s president hinted during a tour of a massive military base on Saturday, that Egypt might intervene.
06/20/2020

The Strategic Postures of China and India A Visual Guide

LINK TO REPORT Frank O’Donnell is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Security Affairs Department at the US Naval War College, and a Nonresident Fellow in the Stimson Center South Asia Program. From 2017–18, he was a Stanton Junior Faculty Fellow and Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, as a joint appointment by the Managing the Atom Program and International Security Program. His research investigates the intersection between strategic cultures, technical force developments, deterrence conceptions, and stability challenges within nuclear rivalries, with a special focus upon Southern Asia. His most recent book is […]
06/19/2020

IRAN NAVAL WAR GAMES, Tests New Sea Cruise Missile

LINK TO VIDEO   Iran state run media claims Iran’s navy successfully conducted a series of tests of maritime missiles of varying sizes and ranges, including a new homemade cruise missile. The test came on Thursday morning during war games in the Indian Ocean close to the strategic Strait of Hormuz. A statement, issued through the semi-official Tasnim news agency, said: “During the exercises, short-range and long-range coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles were successfully fired from the coast and from decks of ships, hitting their targets with great precision.” The weapons, it said, included a new, locally manufactured cruise missile with a […]
06/19/2020

Judea & Samaria United Arab Emirates’ US Ambassador Yousef Al-Otaiba Open Threat To Israel

LINK TO ARTICLE Otaiba presented Israel with a choice: Normalize relations with the Gulf states or normalize relations among its own citizens. Otaiba wrote, “Annexation, [that is, Israel’s plan to apply its laws to its communities in Judea and Samaria and to the Jordan Valley in accordance with President Donald Trump’s vision for peace] will certainly and immediately upend Israeli aspirations for improved security, economic and cultural ties with the Arab world and with the UAE.”
06/19/2020

Iran: Khorad Air Defense Missile System, new video footage including production line

LINK TO VIDEO The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unveiled a never before seen video of the domestically- manufactured Khorad Air Defense Missile System . A sea and land based system. The footage shows some of the stages of research that led to the system’s development, as well as pictures of its transfer to some southern regions along the Gulf waters.  Watch the production and testing of Iran’s state of the art Third of Khordad long range air defense system. This system managed to successfully shoot down an American RQ-4A Global Hawk BAMS-D surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz on […]
06/19/2020

Saudi-Israel Relations And Prospects Of Peace

LINK TO VIDEO Saudi Arabia is obviously the largest, wealthiest and most important country in the Arabian Peninsula. The Sunni House of Saud considers the militant Shiite regime in Tehran as its sworn enemy. There is thus common cause between the Saudis and the Israelis, as well as with the Trump administration in Washington. What is the current state of affairs in this triangle? Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and Lecturer at Shalem College (Central Israel). – Dr. Nir Boms, Research Fellow, […]
06/17/2020

Libya’s Conflict And Strategic Significance

LINK TO VIDEO The state of Libya, which is a country of significant strategic value in the south-central Mediterranean, continues to be torn between domestic forces supported by regional and global powers. The winning side of the ongoing conflict between the Western-based Government of National Accord and the Eastern-based Libyan National Army, will grant their respective allies control of major economic and energy benefits. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Dr. Eran Lerman, Vice President of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and Lecturer at Shalem College (Central Israel). – Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, […]
06/17/2020

German Intelligence Service Baden-Württemberg State Intelligence Agency Tehran Seeking Nuclear Weapons Technology

LINK TO NEWS REPORT “They aim to complete existing arsenals, perfect the range, applicability and effectiveness of their weapons and develop new weapon systems,” the report said. “They try to obtain the necessary products and relevant know-how, among other things, through illegal procurement efforts in Germany.” “The term ‘proliferation,’” the report continued, “refers to the further spread of atomic, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction –­ or the products and know-how required to manufacture them –­ and corresponding delivery systems.”
06/17/2020

Iran Is Developing New Guided Missiles With Advanced Targeting

LINK TO ARTICLE The arms commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Brigadier, General Amir Ali Haji Zadeh, said that these new guided missiles will greatly improve the IRGC’s capabilities in the field. “The combination of departments of specializations in the defense industries sector has contributed to great achievements and you can remove obstacles and break the restrictions imposed on progress and development by engaging in various specialized sectors related to,” he continued. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced, last week, that the “Tabas” and “Mersad” systems had been able to destroy air targets with complete success .
06/11/2020

The Alleged Nuclear Weapons Development Site near Abadeh, Iran

LINK TO REPORT The IAEA did not name this site, but by providing the timing of when the site was razed, it became clear that the IAEA is referring to a site revealed earlier by Israel. On September 9, 2019, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference revealing the existence of a previously clandestine nuclear weapons development site, located approximately 24 kilometers north of the town of Abadeh, in central Iran.
06/11/2020

Iran Defies the International Atomic Energy Agency: The IAEA’s Latest Iran Safeguards Report

LINK TO REPORT This analysis summarizes and assesses information in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA’s) periodic safeguards report, NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Safeguards Agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the most recent of which was issued on June 5, 2020. The report’s major finding is: The Agency notes with serious concern that, for over four months, Iran has denied access to the Agency, under Article 4.b.(i) and Article 5.c of the Additional Protocol, to two locations and, for almost a year, has not engaged in substantive discussions to clarify Agency questions related to the possible undeclared nuclear material and […]
06/11/2020

Analysis of the IAEA Iran Verification and Monitoring Report

LINK TO REPORT Highlights of the report are: Iran’s violations of nuclear limitations in the JCPOA continued. Iran’s stock of low enriched uranium (LEU) grew by about 50 percent, to 2324.9 kilograms of low enriched uranium (hexafluoride mass), all enriched below 5 percent, or the equivalent of 1571.6 kilograms (uranium mass). Enrichment capacities did not grow at the Natanz and Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plants during this reporting period. Total enrichment capacity increased by only about five percent, reflecting the deployment of more advanced centrifuges at the Natanz Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant. Breakout timelines decreased slightly from the last reporting period […]
06/09/2020

Turkey and Russia are at War, and Libya’s the Loser

LINK TO ARTICLE The long-running Libyan civil war appears to be staggering toward a finale. In recent days, the forces of Gen. Khalifa Haftar have been forced to withdraw from their stalled offensive against the capital, Tripoli. It is a triumph for the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj. But the fighting is not simply a domestic issue — Libya’s civil war has become a proxy for regional and global power geopolitics. It is also a legacy of the way in which the West abandoned the country a decade ago. The Tripoli government is supported strongly by Turkey, […]
06/09/2020

Israel’s Growing Security Challenges, Part 2

LINK TO VIDEO The first of this two-part series examined how Israel is preparing for a potential escalation on its Palestinian front if the planned annexation of parts of the West Bank comes to pass. Part 2 takes a look at other enemies and problems facing the Israeli military. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin, Israeli Public Diplomacy, Security, Intelligence Expert at Interdisciplinary Center / International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Herzliya. – Col. (Res.) Reuven Ben-Shalom, Cross-Cultural Strategist and Associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Herzliya.
06/09/2020

Putin Flooding Libyan Civil War with Hundreds of Syrian Mercenaries

Russia “accelerated” its recruitment of Syrian mercenaries to fight in Libya for rebel leader Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) in May, contracting hundreds of Syrian fighters according to a new Reuters report. Citing five Syrian opposition sources and a regional source with knowledge of the recruitment, Reuters found that among the new recruits in May were 300 fighters from the Homs area of Syria – including some former Free Syrian Army fighters – and roughly 320 from southwest Syria. Russia recruited over 900 Syrians in total to fight in Libya in May, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which cites “a […]
06/06/2020

Israel’s Growing Security Challenges, Part 1

LINK TO VIDEO In recent days Israel has stepped up preparations for various contingencies which may arise ahead of or following a formal announcement of asserted sovereignty over parts of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and Biblical districts of Judea and Samaria as early as the beginning of July. Threats of massive conflict and other retaliatory measures against the move are rising, raising questions over Israel’s preparedness to contend with the potential consequences of a probable annexation. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin, Israeli Public Diplomacy, Security, Intelligence Expert at […]
06/05/2020

IAEA – Iran Violating All Restrictions Of Nuclear Deal

LINK TO ARTICLE In one of the report’s most startling revelations, it was revealed that Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile was almost eight times over the limit set under the terms of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.The IAEA reported that Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of 4.5 per cent, higher than the 3.67 per cent allowed under the JCPOA. It is also above the pact’s limitations on heavy water, a vital component of certain types of nuclear reactor. The agency also repeated its warning that Iran has continued for months to deny it […]
06/03/2020

Iranian Republican Guard Corps-Quds Force, Sustaining Its Economic Viability, China , Russia, Hezbollah, & Drugs

LINK TO ARTICLE Despite the decapitating airstrike killing General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps-Quds Force (hereafter Quds Force), the functionality of his organization remains. This proxy network of worldwide Shia militias remains a potent political, military, and economic pillar for Tehran amid Western economic sanctions. Despite foreign pressure, the Quds Force is able to orchestrate a complicated web of backdoor international partnerships and trafficking networks. 
06/03/2020

2018 U.S. Department of Treasury Chart How IRGC is in control of Iran’s Economy and Finances

2018 U.S. Department of Treasury Chart How IRGC is in control of Iran’s Economy and Finances
06/03/2020

Avoiding an Epic Mistake: The Case for Continuing the U.S. Mission in Sinai

LINK TO REPORT For almost four decades, the Multinational Force & Observers has protected Israel-Egypt peace and anchored stability in the Sinai Peninsula, but a new Pentagon initiative could end the American contribution by late next year. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has indicated that all military endeavors must now fall within a National Defense Strategy focused on Great Power competition. Look closer, though, and America’s MFO role does just that. Both Russia and China have recently sought deeper involvement in Egypt’s development, nuclear energy, arms acquisition, and broader economy, so staying in Sinai means staying relevant
06/03/2020

Iran’s Regional Activities In The Face Of Israeli Active Resistance

LINK TO ARTICLE In recent weeks, Israel marked the 20th anniversary of its final withdrawal from Lebanon, thereby depriving the Lebanese Iranian-proxy Hezbollah of its main declared cause for battling Israel. Yet, the Islamic Republic of Iran has persisted in its anti-Israel campaign and is actively using Syria as one of several launching pads. As of late, Israel has gone on the offensive, pushing Iranian proxies away from the Golan Heights front. What is the score in this contest, which also includes cyber and other counterattacks? Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Mr. Meir Javedanfar, Iran […]
06/01/2020

Iran’s Asymmetric Naval Response to ‘Maximum Pressure

LINK TO VIDEO Since the 1980s, Iran’s naval forces have been central to its asymmetric way of war. In addition to bolstering its deterrent posture by virtue of the threat they pose to oil exports and maritime traffic in the Gulf, they have played a central role in the counter-pressure campaign that Tehran launched in May 2019 against the U.S. maximum pressure policy. Because of the country’s geographic location, well-thought-out force-building effort, and creative operational tactics, its naval forces can punch far above their weight. Discussing this threat are: Michael Connell is the senior scientific analyst at the Center for […]
05/31/2020

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy, Received Over 100 Small Attack Boats, Manned Torpedoes And Other Unconventional Naval Craft

LINK TO ARTICLE In a ceremony in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas on Thursday, more than 100 new gunboats were delivered to the Revolutionary Guard’s Naval Force. The ceremony was attended by Defense Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami who said more than 95 per cent of naval boats are being manufactured in Iran now.
05/30/2020

The Future of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces

LINK TO ARTICLE 300 PAGE FREE EBOOK Hastily raised when the Islamic State was knocking at the gates of Baghdad, the state-backed Iraqi militia network al-Hashd al-Shabi has swollen into a 160,000-strong armed force with an annual budget exceeding $2 billion. But more than five years after its formation, the Hashd — also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces — still lacks defined roles and has largely fallen under the sway of Kataib Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed factions. Now that Iranian Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Kataib Hezbollah leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis are no longer on the scene, observers […]
05/30/2020

U.S. Army: New 1B Version of The Excalibur GPS Guided Artillery Shell

LINK TO ARTICLE The U.S. Army has successfully tested the new 1B version of the Excalibur GPS guided artillery shell. The 1B model can turn in flight and hit targets behind a ridge (the “reverse slope”) or under a bridge. In effect the Excalibur is programmed to carry out a high speed U-turn so that it comes down behind a ridge next to a bridge. Artillerymen have mentioned that they are often asked to hit Islamic terrorists on the reverse slope or under a bridge because that provides them some protection from guided artillery shells, rockets and mortar shells.
05/30/2020

Israel Can Help America Keep Its Technological Edge

LINK TO ARTICLE In its 2017 National Security Strategy, the Trump administration acknowledged the importance of maintaining the U.S. “innovation and technological edge” to protect “American prosperity and power.” Washington and Jerusalem should establish a permanent umbrella body to oversee R&D collaboration, which could identify joint capability gaps, minimize duplication, and direct resources based on shared policy priorities. For instance, it could instruct the Israeli Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and American Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a new layer of defense against the ever-evolving missile threat. Critically, jointly pursuing the most sensitive ventures would necessitate […]
05/30/2020

Iran’s IRGC-N New Mini-Submarine

LINK FOR ARTICLE Though not exactly an upgrade in terms of Iran’s naval capabilities, the likely unmanned nature of their newest sub points to one of Iran’s most important strengths: in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf Iran doesn’t have to be prepared to win a conflict, it just has to have enough leverage to hinder traffic and make more powerful, more sophisticated opponents take pause.
05/29/2020

Israel’s Interests And Challenges Vis-A-Vis West Bank Annexation

LINK FOR VIDEO In about one month’s time, the Israeli government would be able to start the process of extending its sovereignty over parts of the territories east of its border and west of the Jordan River. This move should be coordinated with the U.S. administration and has already raised strong objections by the Jordanian and Palestinian leaderships, as well as by domestic critics. Is this effort to annex disputed areas practical and wise? Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Prof. Efraim Inbar; President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security (Jerusalem). – Colonel Reuven […]
05/29/2020

What Is A Space Weapon, And Who Has Them?

LINK TO ARTICLE With the increasing militarization of space, there have been a number of efforts to find an international agreement to create controls on the use of space weaponry. But there’s a problem: How do you create a meaningful framework for a treaty against space weapons if no one defines them the same way?
05/28/2020

China’s Mideast Interests And Challenges

LINK TO VIDEO China’s Ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead in his residence last week. While there was seemingly no foul play involved, the timing was curious. Ambassador Du only arrived in Israel three months ago at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in his country, and his death came just days after a visit to Jerusalem by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – whose purpose was partly to urge Jerusalem to avoid trade arrangements with Beijing that could threaten Washington’s national security. What are China’s interests and ambitions in the Middle East and how does Israel […]
05/28/2020

Why Are Russian Mercenaries Beginning to Flee Libya?

LINK TO ARTICLE While Moscow has denied being responsible for the deploying of the “Wagner Group,” the Russian paramilitary organization reportedly has close ties to President Vladimir Putin. Earlier this month the UN diplomats said the group is supporting military strongman Khalifa Haftar. Haftar is also reportedly being supported by Syrian fighters.
05/28/2020

NDTV Exclusive: China Expands Airbase Near Ladakh, Fighter Jets On Tarmac

LINK TO ARTICLE New Delhi: Satellite images show massive construction activity at a high altitude Chinese air base, located just 200 kilometres away from the Pangong Lake, the site of the skirmish between forces of India and China on May 5 and May 6. The images have emerged amid a standoff between Indian and Chinese forces near Ladakh, described as India worst border tension since Kargil in 1999
05/27/2020

India-China Conflict in Ladakh, Pangong Tso Lake

LINK TO ARTICLE Sino-Indian border dispute: Most of the clashes between the Indian and Chinese armies occur in the disputed portion of the Pangong Tso lake. The disputed boundary between India and China, also known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC), is divided into three sectors: western, middle and eastern. The countries disagree on the exact location of the LAC in various areas, so much so that India claims that the LAC is 3,488 km long while the Chinese believe it to be around 2,000 km long.
05/27/2020

India Deploys Troops to China’s Military In Standoff Near Karakoram Pass

LINK TO ARTICLE New Delhi: India has decided to not back down from a standoff with China — along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh  that centers around a strategic bridge being built near Daulat Beg Oldi, the last military post south of the Karakoram Pass, and has moved troops to counter Chinese forces stationed in the region
05/27/2020

Thousands of Chinese Troops Flood Border with India as Tensions Rise

LINK TO ARTICLE Up to 5,000 Chinese troops are now massed along the disputed Ladakh border with India, and according to Indian officials, not all of them are staying on China’s side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
05/27/2020

Strategic Dialogue: Shaping a U.S. Strategy for the “Ghosts” of Iraq

LINK TO REPORT The 80 page CSIS report provides a broad historical perspective as well as detailed quantitative analyses of the key political, governance, economic, and military issues involved. It shows in depth that it is not enough to only call for a dialogue or to focus on current issues like the revival of the threat from ISIS and the threat from Iraqi popular militia forces (PMF) and their ties to Iran.
05/27/2020

The Islamic State’s Resurgence in the COVID Era?From Defeat to Renewal in Iraq and Syria

LINK TO VIDEO Almost three years since it lost Mosul and more than a year since it last controlled territory, the Islamic State continues to conduct insurgent activities against its adversaries in Iraq and Syria, upending any notion that it has been “defeated.” While the group’s current status is a far cry from its zenith five years ago or its prior nadir more than a decade ago, the grievances and conditions that animated its resurgence in 2012-2014 remain, and the coronavirus pandemic has opened new opportunities for it to exploit vacuums. How has the group recovered? Where does it plan […]
05/27/2020

Yemen: Sovereign South / Nervous North

LINK FOR ARTICLE Fighting continues but not in a very organized or intense fashion. In April there were about a thousand combat related casualties (dead and wounded) nationwide. Most of these were fighters, not civilians. The Saudis have reorganized their depleted (by the UAE and Sudan withdrawing troops this year) ground forces and used their air power mainly to keep the rebels from concentrating forces to carry out any major attacks. This month the violence is down a bit as all Yemenis try to cope with disease (cholera and covid19) as well as food shortages and worsening poverty. Then there […]
05/27/2020

US Offering $5 Million Reward For Information On North Korean Hackers

LINK FOR ARTICLE The United States has offered a $5 million reward for useful information on North Korean hackers and the North Korea hacking program in general. The North Korean hackers have been concentrating on raising cash for the North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program. Their favorite targets are banks and other financial organizations, including those that handle cryptocurrency. It is estimated that the program has taken about $2 billion so far.
05/26/2020

Locusts and Covid -19 : when two plagues collide

LINK FOR ARTICLE As Covid-19 weakens supply chains throughout Africa and South-West Asia, desert locusts are threatening the food supply, In a large stretch of the planet that reaches from West Africa to India, the narratives from both are merging. With rising numbers of coronavirus cases and waves of locust swarms, hundreds of millions of people living in the region are finding themselves facing two plagues at once.
05/26/2020

Coronavirus may have been a ‘cell-culture experiment’ gone wrong

EXCLUSIVE: The coronavirus that has become a world-wide pandemic may have been created in a “cell-culture experiment” in a laboratory, according to prominent scientists who have conducted ground-breaking research into the origins of the virus. Professor Petrovsky, from the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University who has spent the past 20 years developing vaccines against pandemic influenza, Ebola and animal SARS, said this highly unusual finding left open the possibility that the virus leaked from a laboratory.
05/26/2020

AFRICOM HAS JUST RELEASED PHOTOS OF RUSSIAN MIG-29S DEPLOYED TO LIBYA

Russian fighter jets were recently deployed to Libya in order to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors (PMCs) operating on the ground there. The Russian fighter aircraft arrived in Libya, from an airbase in Russia, after transiting Syria where it is assessed they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin. “The world heard Mr. Haftar declare he was about to unleash a new air campaign. That will be Russian mercenary pilots flying Russian-supplied aircraft to bomb Libyans,” said U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command. (Date taken = date uploaded to DVIDS) LIBYA 05.26.2020 Courtesy Photos, U.S. Africa […]
05/19/2020

U.S. Regional Challenges And Interests

LINK TO VIDEO U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Jerusalem for a few hours earlier this week, to confer with Israeli political and intelligence leaders. As usual, he touched upon the joint American-Israeli fight against Iranian aggression, as well as the so-called Trump Peace Plan and a possible change in the status of parts of the West Bank. How do these issues fit into the broader American strategy for the Middle East, less than six months before the U.S. elections? Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Mr. Robert Silverman, Lecturer at Shalem College and Former President of the […]
05/18/2020

Commentary on “The US Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028”

LINK FOR REPORT Does The US Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028 lack a clear theory of victory? A comparative analysis of the development of MDO and the historical concepts of Active Defense and AirLand Battle reveals the necessity of greater insight into sources of Russian and Chinese behavior and countering mechanisms, what constitutes effective deterrence, and greater clarity regarding the political will of Allies to assist in this deterrence.
05/18/2020

The Development of Libyan Armed Groups Since 2014: Community Dynamics and Economic Interests

This Report explores armed group–community relations in Libya and the sources of revenue that have allowed armed groups to grow in power and influence. It draws out the implications for policy and identifies options for mitigating conflict dynamics.
05/18/2020

Tehran Summons Swiss Envoy Over US Threats to Intercept Tankers Heading To Venezuela

Iran summoned the Swiss ambassador, who represents U.S. interests in the Islamic Republic, over possible measures America could take against an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela, the Mehr news agency reported.  TankerTrackers.com, which tracks oil shipments and storage, showed the route of the suspect ships, which allegedly received gasoline at the port of Shahid Rajaee. A senior official in U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration told Reuters on Thursday the United States was considering measures it could take in response to Iran’s shipment of five oil tankers headed to  Venezuela. A group of five Iranian tankers was previously spotted sailing through the […]
05/18/2020

Sweden’s Deadly Stealthy Submarine Is Now Even Quieter

LINK TO ARTICLE A cornerstone of Gotland’s effectiveness in exercises with the U.S. Navy was its AIP propulsion. Indeed it was a major factor in why the Navy wanted to exercise against this specific boat. AIP meant that it could stay submerged for much longer than other non-nuclear boats. When Sweden loaned one of its AIP (Air Independent Power) submarines to the U.S. Navy, it made waves. HMS Gotland operated out of San Diego for over 2 years in the late 2000s, reputably ‘sinking’ the carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in an exercise. It wasn’t fast, but it was quiet, which is a valuable quality […]
05/17/2020

US And Israel Announced New Large-Scale Attacks Against Syrian Iranian Targets

LINK FOR ARTICLE The United States of America announced its intention, together with Israel, to launch a large-scale attacks on Iran’s position in Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Avaipro and Al-Masdar news agencies. 
05/15/2020

Moscow’s War in Syria

This report is from Center for Strategic and International Studies, it  examines Russia’s military and diplomatic campaign in Syria, the largest and most significant Russian out-of-area operation since the end of the Cold War. Russia’s experience in Syria will shape its military thinking, influence promotion and personnel decisions, impact research and development for its arms industry, and expand its influence in the Middle East and beyond for the foreseeable future. Yet despite the importance of Russia’s involvement in Syria—especially as the United States competes with countries such as Russia and China—there has been little systematic analysis of Russia’s campaign in […]
05/15/2020

King of Jordan Threatens Confrontation With Israel Over Annexation Jordan Valley

LINK TO ARTICLE If Israel fulfills its promise to annex the Jordan Valley, it will lead to a “massive” confrontation with Jordan, King Abdullah II said in an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel. NOTES Jordan’s King Abdullah has warned that should Israel move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, it would lead to a “massive conflict” with his country, and did not rule out pulling out of Amman’s peace deal with the Jewish state. In an interview published Friday by the German daily Der Spiegel, Abdullah insisted that a two-state solution was “the only way forward” in the […]
05/15/2020

Israel’s Regional Security Challenges

LINK TO VIDEO Israel usually declines to comment on reports detailing alleged attacks by its Air Force and other units in Syria, mostly against Iranian targets. But according to reliable sources in Jerusalem, action against Iran and its proxies had indeed intensified, as of late. Meanwhile, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Islamist groups in Gaza have not laid down their arms, which are declaratively earmarked for the purpose of annihilating the Jewish State. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, host. – Amir Oren, analyst. -Prof. Efraim Inbar; President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security. -Colonel Reuven Ben-Shalom, cross-cultural strategist and associate […]
05/14/2020

Venezuela’s Government Uses Rich Contracts To Buy Loyalty Of Top Military Officers

LINK TO REPORT The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project investigation has exposed the intimate financial relationships between the administration of President Nicolás Maduro and a coterie of generals with ties to private companies. Analysts say the embattled regime used financial rewards such as lucrative state contracts to ensure their loyalty as the political and economic situation deteriorated.
05/14/2020

Why The Venezuela Armed Forces Stand By Beleaguered President Nicolás Maduro

LINK TO ARTICLE One of the central mysteries of Venezuela’s slow-motion collapse: Why does the military continue to support Nicolás Maduro, the president who has led the once-prosperous South American country into poverty and chaos?
05/14/2020

The Mystery of the Venezuelan Navy’s Submarines

LINK FOR ARTICLE in the last few years there has been very little public information on Venezuela’s attack submarines. NOTES Today Venezuela Navy lists two German built Type-209 submarines, Sábalo (S-31) and Caribe (S-32). The Type-209s are relatively dated designs and overdue for replacement. They were delivered in 1976 and 1978. They have received some upgrades during their service, including an improved weapons system, but remain dated. They are armed with the German supplied Atlas Electronik SST-4 Seal wire-guided torpedoes. This weapon is a 1980s generation type but is still considered relevant. During President Hugo Chavez’s term there were reports […]
05/08/2020

F-35s and KC-46A Tankers, Israel Can Hurt Iran Like Never Before

LINK TO ARTICLE The KC-46A Pegasus is based on Boeing’s 767 airliner, the twin-engine KC-46A can carry 106 tons of fuel to feed hungry jet fighters, and has a range of more than 6,000 miles. The Israeli-modified F-35I has special Israeli-designed external fuel tanks, a direct flight path between Jerusalem and Tehran is just under a thousand miles each way.  The U.S. State Department has approved an Israeli request to buy eight KC-46A Pegasus aerial tankers. Including support equipment, spare parts and training, the deal is valued at $2.4 billion, with the first aircraft arriving in 2023.
05/06/2020

Chinese Spies Have Targeted Belgian Biological Warfare and Vaccine Experts

LINK TO ARTICLE China suspected of bio-espionage in ‘heart of EU’, Belgium’s security service suspects. They are also targeting British pharmaceutical giant and vaccine-maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Belgium and Belgian high-tech firms, Belgian intelligence fears. The suspicions were detailed in confidential Belgian reports dated from 2010 to 2016, seen by EUobserver. They were meant to alert Belgian authorities to the threat of Chinese military, scientific, and medical espionage.
05/06/2020

Iran’s Military Advancement Amid COVID19

LINK TO VIDEO The Islamic Republic of Iran is suffering from several overlapping crises, which brought public approval of Tehran authorities to a new low. While Iran faces one of the most severe consequences of the corona pandemic, its Revolutionary Guards Corps defied international scrutiny by conducting a successful launch of a military satellite, an obvious signal of missile capabilities – all the while ignoring American warnings to stop harassing the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf and Straits of Hormuz. What are the reasons for the regime’s behavior and is an American-Iranian clash inevitable? Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, host. […]
05/06/2020

SYRIA Russian Radar Resonance Radar System Discovered Near Israeli Border

LINK TO ARTICLE A Russian publication reported this week that the Russian Armed Forces have deployed their Resonance radar system in an area near the Israeli border. The meter range radar system allows the detection and recognition of various air targets at long ranges. Resonance-N (NE) is capable of detecting such an air target as a fighter at an altitude of up to 10 thousand meters at a distance of 350 km. According to other sources, the range exceeds 400 km. The maximum detection range is 1100 km. At the same time, the complex is capable of simultaneously tracking and […]
05/04/2020

Syria’s Chemical Arsenal: Obama’s Failure, Trump’s Mixed Success

REPORT Middle East Quarterly Spring 2020 Chemical weapons provide the most fearsome capability in Syrian president Bashar Assad’s hands. His arsenal includes a variety of warheads and delivery vehicles—predominantly with chlorine gas and sarin nerve agent—from improvised barrel bombs up to Scud missiles. As his father before him, Bashar views weapons of mass destruction (WMD) as crucial to his survival.
05/02/2020

Understanding the Hermit Kingdom: Assessing North Korea’s Future

Following is the full transcript of the April 28th, 2020 Hudson online livestream event titled Understanding the Hermit Kingdom: Assessing North Korea’s Future
05/02/2020

Air Force Deploys Four B-1 Bombers, 200 Airmen To Guam

LINK TO ARTICLE They were deployed to support Pacific Air Forces in training allies and partners and to reinforce the “rules-based international order” in the Indo-Pacific region through strategic deterrence missions, the statement said.
05/01/2020

AFTERMATH OF ISRAELI STRIKES IN SYRIA NEW SATELLITE IMAGES/ PHOTOS /VIDEOS

LINK TO REPORT Private intelligence firm ImageSat has released a series of satellite images allegedly showing the extent of the damage done to Syrian infrastructure by the airstrikes that targeted the country between 31 March and 27 April. One set of images purportedly showed the destruction at the Shayrat Air Base, in the Homs region as a result of the 31 March airstrike.
04/30/2020

Shocker: FBI Lied, Hid Evidence, Covered Up State of Disorder

LINK FOR ARTICLE Notorious for failing in its duty to thwart terrorist attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is under fire again, this time from a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators who want the beleaguered law enforcement agency investigated for “major abnormalities” involving evidence in a terrorism case. Known for its corrupt method of operating, the FBI appears to be hiding evidence critical to a pending Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) lawsuit brought by family members of 9/11 victims. Two years ago, the FBI received a civil subpoena in the case and the lawmakers believe the agency has committed numerous violations […]
04/30/2020

Statement by the Institute for Science and International Security on Sanctions, the Coronavirus, and the Need to Verifiably Dismantle Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program

LINK TO REPORT Iran’s uranium enrichment program provides, by itself, a major justification for continued U.S. and international sanctions. A snapback of sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is fully justified today. If Iran today wants a serious discussion about sanctions relief, it should start by abandoning the key threat Tehran poses to international peace and security: its uranium enrichment program. Instead, Iran holds its own people hostage over the deadly coronavirus outbreak in a cynical campaign for wholesale sanctions relief. Pakistan’s leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto famously said, “We will eat grass, even go hungry,” to get an […]
04/29/2020

Syria Vs Turkey Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

LINK TO VIDEO The entire Middle East seems to be focused on the coronavirus crisis. While the spreading contagion is indeed a major issue everywhere, it is not the only one. In northern Syria, the Assad regime and Turkey are still in conflict, with various other powers involved directly or indirectly. To look at this persistent problem, which will probably outlast even, the pandemic. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, Research Fellow, Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University. – Dr. Nir Boms, Research Fellow, Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv […]
04/27/2020

Turkey’s Nationalist Course Implications for the U.S.-Turkish Strategic Partnership and the U.S. Army

LINK TO FULL REPORT For more than six decades, the United States has maintained a strategic partnership with the Republic of Turkey as a key element of U.S. strategy in Eurasia and the Middle East. This partnership was forged at the outset of the Cold War to check Soviet expansionism, and Turkey remains a powerful North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally at the nexus of three regions important to U.S. security.
04/27/2020

Ahead of the Curve: Turkey’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan in Action

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE In 2017, Turkey’s Ministry of Defence released its latest five-year Strategic Plan, which identifies the priority procurement programs for that country’s military. With defence expenditures in 2019 estimated at 1.89% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – just below the 2.00% threshold that only nine of Turkey’s fellow NATO members currently meet – these procurement programs hold global significance. However, how applicable is the Strategic Plan to Turkey’s current strategic context? Could some recalibration be necessary ahead of the introduction of the next Strategic Plan next year? After all, since 2017, ISIS has lost its territory, and Turkey has shifted its attention to Bashar al-Assad’s […]
04/27/2020

Russian Submarine Rostov-On-Don, Heads To Syria, New Naval Buildup

FULL NEWS ARTICLE LINK The Black Sea Fleet’s Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don has embarked on its deployment in distant waters and will soon join the Russian Navy’s permanent Mediterranean task force. ADDITIONAL NOTES: In 2017, the diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don  became one of two Project 636.6 submarines, along with Novorossiysk, to be awarded Russia’s new honorary military title of “shock” submarine. The Russian Defense Ministry explained that “the right to bear this title goes to submarine crews with a high level of training, demonstrated through the accomplishment of missions with Russian Naval units in the Mediterranean Sea.” Rostov-on-Don, or B-237, is a modernized Kilo-class attack submarine. The second […]
04/24/2020

Iran’s Evolving Approach to Asymmetric Naval Warfare: Strategy and Capabilities in the Persian Gulf

LINK TO REPORT The study’s main message is that based on its doctrine of naval warfare, the Iranian revolutionary naval forces have embarked on a fast-paced rearmament and re-equipment program during the past two decades, aimed at offsetting the U.S. Navy’s military presence in the Persian Gulf region. Ideologically, the mariner Guardsmen are as zealous now as ever about fighting against the Western navies in the Gulf and their allies, despite the presence of a slightly moderate government in Tehran and the maturation of a younger and more disenchanted population.
04/24/2020

COVID – 19 A Chernobyl Moment in Tehran

LINK TO ARTICLE Iran’s failures during the coronavirus crisis has presented a sort of existential crisis for the regime. Its early inability to admit to, much less contain the outbreak—and its subsequent inability to manage the public health response required by COVID19, have shown the regime’s indifference to the wellbeing of the its own people, steadily increasing the public’s sense of alienation.
04/23/2020

IRAN’S HISTORY OF NAVAL PROVOCATIONS

APRIL 22, 2020 I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.” -President Donald J. Trump, Twitter, April 22, 2020 LINK TO ARTICLE Iran has long used its naval forces to terrorize the international maritime community – this is not a new phenomenon. In 2015, during negotiations of the Iran Deal and after its adoption, the U.S. Navy recorded 22 incidents of unsafe and unprofessional conduct by the IRGC Navy (IRGCN), many that risked collision. An additional 36 incidents of unsafe and unprofessional conduct were […]
04/23/2020

Tehran’s Secret Space Program Launches First Military Satellite Into Space

The satellite launches defy a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. American officials, as well as European nations, worry that these launches could help Iran develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The IRGC successfully put Noor (light) into orbit on Wednesday morning 22 April 2020. The homegrown satellite was launched with a three-stage satellite carrier, indicating that the satellite is in orbit, distance of 425 km (264 miles) from the Earth’s surface. Dubbed Qassed (messenger), from a launch pad in Dasht-e Kavir, a […]
04/22/2020

Trump Orders Navy to Destroy Iranian Boats That Harass Its Ships

LINK TO ARTICLE President Donald Trump says he has ordered the U.S. Navy to destroy any armed Iranian boats that harass American ships. This comes a week after 11 boats from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy swarmed U.S. military vessels in international waters in the Persian Gulf, getting dangerously close at times. 
04/22/2020

Iranian Breakout Estimates and Enriched Uranium Stocks

LINK TO REPORT In light of a recent U.S. State Department arms control compliance report highlighting Iran’s growing “uranium enrichment activities and stockpile of enriched uranium,” this report presents recent Iranian breakout estimates and compares them to pivotal historical ones, where breakout is defined as the time Iran would need to produce 25 kilograms of weapon-grade uranium (WGU), enough for a nuclear weapon. As of late February 2020, the breakout estimate is 3.8 months, with a range of 3.1 to 4.6 months. This estimate is based on an Institute breakout calculator, utilizing modified ideal cascade calculations, adjusted with results from […]
04/21/2020

April 2020 IRAN, U.S. State Department Compliance Report, Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments,

LINK TO REPORT The April 2020 U.S. State Department Compliance Report, Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments, states that Iran has “progressively expanded its uranium enrichment activities and stockpile of enriched uranium, key factors in determining the amount of time required to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon or device, should Iran decide to pursue nuclear weapons.” This time period is often referred to as the time needed to produce enough weapon-grade uranium for a nuclear weapon, or as breakout time. In line with previous conventions used by the Institute, 25 kilograms of […]
04/21/2020

Israel, the Arab Palestinians and the Coronavirus – Jerusalem Studio 507

LINK TO VIDEO Amid ongoing efforts by Israeli authorities to battle the corona contagion, Jerusalem is forced to consider the implication of the pandemic in the two Palestinian entities, neighboring the country. And while relations with the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah is institutionalized, the Jewish State has seen the mutual benefit of working with health authorities in the Islamist-controlled Gaza Strip. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, Host. – Amir Oren, Analyst. – Col. Reuven Ben-Shalom, cross-cultural strategist and associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (Central Israel). – Dr. Amira Halperin, Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Canada).
04/20/2020

Iran Unveiled Two New Homegrown Strategic Radar Systems

LINK TO ARTICLE The two Iranian radars, “Persian Gulf” and “Moraqeb” (vigilant), were unveiled in a ceremony attended by Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi and Commander of Army’s Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard The radars, named the Khalij-e Fars (‘Persian Gulf’) and the Moraqeb (‘Watchful’) were demonstrated to Army Commander Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi and Army Air Defence Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Alireza Sabahifard. The Khalij-e Fars is described as a 3D phased array radar with an operational range of over 800 km and the capability to detect conventional air targets, as well as stealthy radar-evading aircraft […]
04/19/2020

Saudi Arabia Is Nearing Completion of Its First Nuclear Reactor

LINK TO ARTICLE/PHOTOS Saudi Arabia is nearing completion of its first nuclear reactor, satellite images of the facility show, The research facility is located in the southwest corner of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh, according to images published by GoogleEarth. They’re the first in the public domain to confirm that the program is advancing, showing construction nearing its finish around a columnar vessel that will contain atomic fuel.
04/19/2020

Inside The UAE’s Barakah Nuclear Plant

LINK FOR ARTICLE The UAE has announced that the first reactor of its under-construction Barakah nuclear power plant is scheduled to come online within “a few months”. The country’s first nuclear plant could address a key energy need in the region, but questions remain as to its usefulness and safety in a geopolitically tense environment.
04/18/2020

Bosnia , Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, al-Qaeda, CONNECTIONS

For various reasons some well-intended, some not, his fact has been either unknown or (shall we say) “controversial” in the West in the decades since. It is, therefore, important to note that there have been several recent revelations from in and around the Iranian regime itself that confirm the Islamic Republic’s involvement in the Balkans in the early 1990s. The clerical regime in Iran established a relationship with Al-Qaeda shortly after its foundation thirty years ago. One of Tehran’s and Al-Qaeda’s first joint projects was in Bosnia during the war (1992-5), where Iran helped to make Al-Qaeda a truly global phenomenon—with a […]
04/18/2020

IRAQ SITUATION REPORT: APRIL 8 – 14, 2020 Institute for the Study of War

LINK TO REPORT ISW is assessing the ongoing unrest and its effects on political-security dynamics in Iraq. The Iraq Situation Report (SITREP) map series summarizes key events and likely developments to come. The following SITREP map covers the period April 8 – 14, 2020.
04/18/2020

Institute for the Study of War (ISW) Iraq Crisis Brief: Iranian Proxies Expand Efforts to Oust US Forces from Iraq

PODCAST Iran’s proxy network in Iraq has escalated rocket attacks, stood up at least four new Shi’a militia groups, and diversified its targets and methods of attack. These efforts aim to wear down US forces and eventually compel their withdrawal from Iraq. In this episode of Overwatch, Middle East Security Program Manager Nicholas Heras and Iraq Research Assistant Katherine Lawlor discuss Iran’s ongoing campaign to shape Iraq into a state that serves Iran’s geopolitical interests.
04/17/2020

11 IRGCN SHIPS HARASS 6 US NAVAL SHIPS PERSIAN GULF

LINK Official US Navy Video of Incident Persian Gulf 15 April 2020 IRANIAN VESSELS CONDUCT UNSAFE INTERACTION WITH U.S. NAVAL FORCES IN ARABIAN GULF STORY NUMBER: NNS200415-11RELEASE DATE: 4/15/2020 6:28:00 PM FROM THE OFFICE OF THE NAVY CHIEF OF INFORMATION NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN (NNS) — On April 15, eleven Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessels repeatedly conducted dangerous and harassing approaches of the USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Sirocco (PC 6), USCGC Wrangell (WPB 1332) and USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) while the U.S. vessels were conducting […]
04/16/2020

IRAN ASPIRATIONS AND CHALLENGES AMID COVID19

LINK TO ARTICLE The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the countries hardest-hit by the corona contagion, on top of the fact that its global standing and domestic difficulties have challenged the Ayatollah regime well-before the current crisis emerged. Will this pandemic also prove lethal to the regime? Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Mr. Meir Javedanfar, Iran lecturer at IDC in Herzliya. -Dr. Menahem Merhavy, a research fellow at the Truman Institute, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
04/15/2020

Small Groups, Big Weapons: The Nexus of Emerging Technologies and Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism

LINK TO REPORT Historically, only nation-states have had the capacity and resources to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) due to the significant capital, infrastructure, and intellectual capacity required to develop and maintain a WMD program. In recent years, however, this paradigm has been shifting, particularly for non-state actors. The commercialization of emerging technologies is reducing the financial, intellectual, and material barriers required for WMD development and employment. This report surveys three emerging technologies—synthetic biology, additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3D printing), and unmanned aerial systems—and examines the nexus of each with nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons agent proliferation. It […]
04/15/2020

Germany Arrests 4 Islamic State Suspects Planning Attack on U.S. Bases

LINK TO ARTICLE German authorities say police have arrested four suspected members of the Islamic State group alleged to be planning an attack on American military facilities.
04/14/2020

US Officials Sounded Alarm About Wuhan Lab Years Before Coronavirus Outbreak

LINK TO ARTICLE U.S. Embassy officials warned about safety risks at a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan researching infectious diseases, including coronaviruses from bats, sending warning cables back to the United States two years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
04/14/2020

Iran Builds A ‘Waze’ To Navigate the Sea For Its Submarines

LINK FOR ARTICLE Iran’s coastal navy took a step forward as it claimed to have created a network of to identify undersea terrain and map the sea for its submarines. Called “Wasa,” the network of underwater wireless sensors was designed and built by Iran’s navy to collect subsurface information, Iran’s Fars News claims.
04/14/2020

How Iran and the WHO Let Coronavirus Proliferate

LINK TO ARTICLE What happens when the Iranian regime, China and the World Health Organization mismanage a pandemic and then suppress the truth
04/13/2020

Iran Precision Missile Strikes Iraq, Ayn Al Assad Airbase

LINK TO ARTICLE Assuming the estimation of the intended targets and measurements are realistic, an Iranian missile accuracy ranging on average between 2.5 and 19.5 m is very impressive to say the least and indicates the use of advanced terminal guidance technology (guiding a missile in its terminal phase). Reports have suggested that the Fateh-313 tactical short range ballistic missile (SRBM) was used in the Ayn Al Asad Airbase attack, with other reports suggesting that the Qiam 1 was also used in the attack, including on Erbil Airport. The Fateh-313 is an upgraded Fateh-110, with an increased missile range up […]
04/08/2020

IRAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS Shahid Mahallati: “Temporary” Plant for Manufacturing Nuclear Weapon Cores

LINK TO REPORT Based on documents in the Iran Nuclear Archive, seized by Israel in early 2018, Iran’s Amad Plan created the Shahid Mahallati Uranium Metals Workshop near Tehran to research and develop uranium metallurgy related to building nuclear weapons. Figure 1 shows this site as it looked in 2002 and 2003, when an existing workshop was renovated and brought into operation. The facility was intended as a pilot plant, aimed at developing and making uranium components for nuclear weapons, in particular components from weapon-grade uranium, the key nuclear explosive material in Iranian nuclear weapon cores. The site was meant […]
04/08/2020

South Korea: 51 COVID-19 Survivors Test Positive Of COVID-19 Again

LINK TO VIDEO , Video News Report More than 50 patients who recovered from COVID-19 in South Korea have now tested positive again, this is due to the concept called reactivation of the virus. WION -The World is One News, examines global issues with in-depth analysis. We provide much more than the news of the day. Our aim to empower people to explore their world. With our Global headquarters in New Delhi, we bring you news on the hour, by the hour. We deliver information that is not biased. We are journalists who are neutral to the core and non-partisan […]
04/07/2020

Iranian Building New Submarines and a 6,000-Ton Destroyer

LINK TO ARTICLE The Iranian Navy’s latest homegrown warship projects include “giant submarines” and a large destroyer, Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, Head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Marine Industries Organization, said in a recent interview with Iranian media.
04/07/2020

Iran Deploys Missiles Covering The Strait Of Hormuz

LINK TO ARTICLE Iran has deployed an array of anti-ship missiles and large rockets overlooking Strait of Hormuz. The Strait is vital for the supply of oil from the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. The waterway is being patrolled by U.S. Navy and its allies to protect vessels from Iranian action. Multiple amateur videos and photos of the weapons lined up on overlooking the beach began surfacing on social media on April 4. Geospatial analysis has confirmed that the location of one of the batteries is on Qeshm Island. Videos are emerging of Iranian rocket and missile systems lined up along beaches. […]
04/07/2020

Iran’s Nakhsa Special Forces “Spontaneous Forces of Islamic Lands.”

LINK TO ARTICLE Nakhsa Special Forces,” they claim to be an Iranian Shi’a group active in both Syria and Iraq, and their social media posts suggest they are very real indeed. According to their own description, posted in their debut Instagram post on Dec. 21, 2019, Nakhsa is a way of thinking. With a motto that translates from the Arabic as “Islamic Resistance Around the World,” the group calls for a global movement to spread and support Islam and unconditional obedience to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Nakhsa has also boasted about their presence in Syria, claiming they were “on […]
04/06/2020

US expands Navy Presence in Caribbean,Target Venezuela?

LINK TO ARTICLE Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, National Security Council Director Robert O’Brien and Attorney General William Barr all said during the press conference that the additional military is meant to crack down on “counternarcotics operations,” but is also aimed at denying funds to Maduro and his closest allies, who have been recently indicted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.
04/06/2020

US Air Force Gathering Intelligence on Russia’s S-400 Capabilities

LINK TO ARTICLE Using its military aircraft, the U.S. is attempting to pick up on the S-400’s frequencies around the Hmeimim Airbase, which is located in Syria’s Latakia Governorate. “In recent months, US military reconnaissance aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles have been regularly seen near the borders of Crimea and Syria. It’s about working in pairs. At the same time, the drone often operates at the very borders of airspace, forcing the Russian S-400 to work in an active mode, while military reconnaissance aircraft scan electronic signals and process them,
04/05/2020

Turkey’s Deadly Anka-S Combat Drones Are Earning Their Wings In Syria

LINK TO ARTICLE Many photos from Turkey’s Operation Spring Shield offensive against the Syrian Arab Army involve the Anka-S drone, their choice for frontline armed combat. In the operation, losses of Anka-S drones were confirmed, but Turkey claims that then type has been crucial to their success in the region. 
04/05/2020

USS Truman Carrier & its Strike Naval Group Leave Gulf , US Forces Pull Out of Iraqi Habbaniyah Al-Taqaddum Air Base

LINK TO ARTICLE The US left another base In Iraq on Saturday, April 4, handing over the big Habbaniyah Al-Taqaddum air base 74 km west of Baghdad to the Iraqi army.  No US troops now remain in the Baghdad region. They are all now regrouped at the big Ain al-Asad Airbase in the western province of Anbar near the Syrian border,
04/04/2020

Iran and the Changing Military Balance in the Gulf – Net Assessment Indicators

LINK TO REPORT The Burke Chair at CSIS is issuing a working draft of a new net assessment of the security situation in the Persian/Arab Gulf. This net assessment is a free report soon  a book, The assessment covers the policies and security forces of Iran, the Arab Gulf states, and the U.S. role in the Gulf. It sets out the baseline conditions now shaping the balance and addresses three major changes in the Gulf military balance: First, the changing strategic relationship between Iran and its Arab neighbors and the uncertainty of the future U.S. role in the Gulf. Second, […]
04/04/2020

Countering China’s Laser Offensive

LINK TO ARTICLE China is laser-focused on maritime primacy — quite literally. Beijing is leveraging lasers and other emerging technologies to expand and police its offshore sphere of influence and keep American and allied naval power at bay. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) finds it insufficient to fabricate law with expansive nine-dash line claims and coerce others the old-fashioned way via ramming and gunboat diplomacy.
04/03/2020

The Coming Egyptian, Ethiopian War for WATER

LINK FOR ARTICLE The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Formerly known as the Millennium Dam and sometimes referred to as Hidase Dam, is a dam recently built on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. Egypt, which depends on the Nile for 90 percent of its irrigation and drinking water, sees it as an existential threat. Ethiopia has Ignored Egyptian warnings against cutting off its water supply, as Ethiopia begins to cut off Egypt’s water supply by filling GERD. 
04/03/2020

US Navy Sacks Carrier Captain, Pulls Another Carrier Off Station Over COVID-19 Concerns

LINK TO ARTICLE  U.S. Navy has relieved Captain Brett Crozier, the commanding officer of the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is presently in Guam amid a major outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus among its crew. Crozier wrote a damning letter to his superiors over the response to the outbreak, pleading to get the bulk of the sailors off the ship to avoid “tragic outcomes.” 
04/03/2020

2,100 Turkish Military Vehicles Enter Northwestern Syria

LINK TO ARTICLE  Since the start of the new ceasefire in line with last month’s Moscow deal, 2,100 military vehicles, in addition to thousands of Turkish soldiers have entered Syrian territories.
04/03/2020

Saudi Arabia Calls for Emergency OPEC+ Meeting

LINK TO ARTICLE Saudi Arabia called on Thursday for an emergency meeting of OPEC and other oil producers, a grouping known as OPEC+, to stabilize the oil market
04/03/2020

Israel Targets Iranian Commanders in Syrian Base Near Homs

LINK FOR ARTICLE Israel fired missiles at the Shayrat airbase in Homs, central Syria, targeting a high-level meeting held between Syrian and Iranian military officials, according to Syrian opposition sources. Israeli warplanes used Lebanon’s airspace to target Iranian military transport aircraft and a meeting of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Lebanese Hezbollah commanders, as well as the chief of al-Quds Force Esmail Ghaani, the sources told the German News Agency (DPA).
04/02/2020

Pentagon Orders Installations to Stop Reporting Coronavirus Cases

LINK FOR  ARTICLE WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has ordered commanders at all of its installations worldwide to stop announcing publicly new coronavirus cases among their personnel, as the Pentagon said Monday that more than 1,000 U.S. military-linked people had been sickened by the virus.
04/01/2020

US Navy Evacuating Crew of USS Theodore Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier Struck by Coronavirus

LINK FOR ARTICLE The US Navy is evacuating thousands of sailors nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt currently anchored in Guam following a letter from the vessel’s captain warning of a dire situation on board due to an ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
04/01/2020

IRAN: Speeding Up Nuclear Activities

LINK TO ARTICLE If the Iranian government is advancing its nuclear program for peaceful purposes, why has Tehran repeatedly failed to report its nuclear facilities, including those at Natanz and Arak, to the IAEA? Also, why does the Iranian government keep refusing to answer the IAEA’s questions regarding its secret nuclear facilities?
04/01/2020

Analysis: Iran Now Has Enough Enriched Uranium to Build Bomb

LINK TO ARTICLE the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reported that Tehran has increased its enriched uranium stockpile, which now stands at the equivalent of 1,510 kg. Iran is allowed to possess 300 kg of low enriched uranium — a substantial increase in Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile in a short period of time. Why should having this amount of enriched uranium be regarded as a critical issue? Because the Iranian regime now has enough enriched uranium to refine and build a nuclear bomb if it desires to do so. Approximately 1000kg of uranium enriched at just 5% can be refined to create one nuclear bomb.
03/31/2020

Soros and the Coronavirus Pandemic

ARTICLE LINK Billionaire George Soros uses his political-philanthropic private foundations’ global network to induce chaos to change the capitalistic democratic systems that prevailed since the end of WWII. Soros aims to reshape the world according to his purported wily Open Society philosophy, which evolved after the collapse of the Soviet Communist system. He tested his ideas in Eastern Europe before moving to the rest of the world, and on to his major target, the United States of America. 
03/31/2020

Iran’s Ababil 3 Drone & South African Telecom Company

ARTICLE LINK  the South African telecommunications company MTN Group secured a lucrative multi-billion telecommunications deal in Iran in exchange for various technologies that Tehran apparently requested. Among these requests, helicopter tech, support for Iran’s nuclear program — and drone technology.
03/31/2020

North Korea Hails ‘Super Large’ Launcher Test

ARTICLE LINK Sunday’s test was of two short-range ballistic missiles fired from the eastern city of Wonsan. They flew for 410km (255 miles) with a maximum altitude of around 50km before falling into the sea, the South Korean military said. Then on Monday, North Korean state media outlet KCNA reported that it had successfully tested “super large” multiple rocket launchers.
03/30/2020

Turkey: Pressures, Attacks, and Discrimination Against Christians

LINK TO ARTICLE  In 2019, Christians across Turkey were exposed to hate crimes and hate speech, as well as to verbal and physical attacks. In 21st century Turkey, whose constitution asserts that the state is officially “secular”, Christians continue losing their jobs for their faith. Christians in Turkey still face serious pressures, attacks and bans when they attempt to share their faith.
03/29/2020

CORONAVIRUS Arab World on Verge of Collapse as Gulf States Blame Iran

LINK TO ARTICLE The Arab world has seen its fair share of the international scourge known as coronavirus. It’s enough to take a look at the catastrophe taking place in Iran, where the virus, according to stats published by the regime, has already infected over 35,000 individuals with the death toll currently at 2,500 and climbing, to comprehend the scope of the calamity.
03/29/2020

Around Half of Israelis Hospitalized with Coronavirus are Ultra-Orthodox

LINK TO ARTICLE Ultra-Orthodox patients account for 60% of those hospitalized with the coronavirus at the ICU of Sheba Medical Center, the country’s largest hospital, located just outside Tel Aviv, and 50% in the hospital’s other units. Some members of community that makes up just 10% of national population accused of driving infections through failure to adhere to social distancing restrictions
03/28/2020

Now Both US Aircraft Carriers in The Western Pacific Have COVID-19 Cases, Raising Readiness Concerns

If Reagan is sidelined, as well, the service would have no carriers presently deployed in the Pacific region that can actually operate. T wo sailors onboard the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which forward-deployed in Japan and presently pier-side there, have tested positive for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. This comes just a day after the U.S. Navy announced it had quarantined the entire crew of another aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, on their ship in port in Guam after a number of sailors contracted the virus. 
03/28/2020

MASSIVE PROTEST BREAKS OUT IN CHINA’S HUBEI PROVINCE, GROUND ZERO FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

The Hubei residents are angry after weeks of the coronavirus lockdown, which in theory is being lifted as the Chinese government claims infections in Hubei have dropped to zero. Evidently the protesters are infuriated by how the government has treated them during the crisis, infuriated enough to flip over police cars and swarm past riot control barriers.
03/28/2020

TEHRAN PRODUCES A NEW GENERATION OF ADVANCED NUCLEAR CENTRIFUGES

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has designed and produced a new generation of centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant in central Iran. The new generation of centrifuges will likely be unveiled on April 8 which is Iran’s National Nuclear Technology Day.
03/27/2020

IS NEW YORK CITY THE NEW WUHAN?

In a matter of weeks, the city of 8.6 million has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., with more than 23,000 cases and 365 deaths. Until a statewide lockdown was instituted Sunday, New Yorkers were getting mixed messages about whether (and how) they should get tested, remain in self-isolation, take public transportation or gather in groups.
03/27/2020

THOUSANDS OF URNS HAVE REPORTEDLY BEEN DELIVERED TO FUNERAL HOMES IN WUHAN, CHINA,

Trucks shipped in about 2,500 urns on both Wednesday and Thursday to the Wuhan funeral homes, according to Chinese media outlet Caixin. The reports call into question the Chinese communist government’s official figures of 2,535 people in Wuhan who have died of the virus
03/27/2020

HUNDREDS DIE IN IRAN AFTER DRINKING POISON ‘CURE’ FOR CORONAVIRUS

Iranian media report nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers. An Iranian doctor helping the country’s Health Ministry told The Associated Press on Friday the problem was even greater, giving a death toll of around 480 with 2,850 people sickened.
03/27/2020

GERMANY ISLAMIST MIGRANT CONVICTED FOR RICIN BIO-TERROR PLOT

BERLIN (AP) – A German court on Thursday convicted a 31-year-old Tunisian man of planning to carry out a ricin attack in the name of the Islamic State group. The Duesseldorf regional court found Sief Allah H. guilty of manufacturing a biological weapon and preparing an attack, sentencing him to 10 years’ imprisonment.
03/27/2020

Cesium: The Most Important Metal You’ve Never Heard Of – Analysis

The 5G revolution, American military defense, and even time itself are dependent on this one critical metal that China monopolizes and that the U.S. is desperate to get more of. The metal is Cesium, and it’s quite possible you’ve never even heard of it–yet, global dominance, which depends on technological superiority, can’t happen without it. In May 2018 Cesium was added to the list of critical minerals by the United States Department of the Interior.
03/27/2020

UK CORONAVIRUS EXPLOSION WELSH REGION RESEMBLES ITALY PATTERN’

The British coronavirus death toll has risen to 578, seeing its biggest daily increase with 115 coronavirus fatalities in 24 hours — and an explosion of cases in Gwent, Wales.
03/26/2020

ISRAELI ARMY SHOOTS DOWN HEZBOLLAH DRONE

 Israeli army said on Thursday that a drone belonging to the Lebanon-based group of Hezbollah has entered Israeli airspace before being intercepted. “A model airplane belonging to Hezbollah was downed while crossing from Lebanon into Israeli airspace,” a military spokesperson said in a statement. The spokesperson added that the Israeli forces have captured the drone. The military said that the incident was a “violation of Israeli sovereignty” and is seen “with great severity,” adding that Israel holds the Lebanese government responsible for it.
03/26/2020

PUTIN ACCELERATES UKRAINE CAMPAIGN AMID CONVERGING CRISES

Key Takeaway: Russian President Vladimir Putin is using multiple ongoing crises, including the COVID-19 outbreak, to advance his strategic objectives in Ukraine without drawing attention from the West. Ukrainian officials agreed on March 11 to the Kremlin’s demands to consider direct discussions with the Kremlin-controlled proxies in Donbas. This agreement for further talks could launch an irreversible process of internationally legitimizing Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine – one of Putin’s core objectives. These negotiations would have major consequences for Ukraine’s sovereignty, U.S. national security, and the international order. However, the talks remain unsolidified and Ukraine and the West still have time […]
03/26/2020

North Korean Missile Tests Are Not in Lockdown During Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is going to change the world but it won’t change North Korea’s missile tests, which have occurred three times since the beginning of the global public health crisis. The missile tests serve as a reminder of the persistent stalemate that has existed since the failed Hanoi summit of late February 2019. 
03/26/2020

THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM

While the coronavirus crisis evidently overshadows all other world events; the Islamic Republic of Iran seems bent on challenging the West vis-à-vis its nuclear program. Earlier this month, the international atomic energy agency published a sharp rebuke of the clerical regime in Tehran over its persisting efforts to evade its responsibilities under its obligations as a signatory of the Non-proliferation treaty. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, host. – Amir Oren, analyst. – Mr. Meir Javedanfar, Iran lecturer, IDC Herzliya. – Dr. Eran Lerman vice president of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and a lecturer at Shalem College. – Dr. […]
03/25/2020

Is Erdogan Planning A New Invasion of Eastern Syria? – Analysis

Hints of Turkey’s new plan to push the US out of the remaining parts of Syria, where Americans are guarding oil fields  “I made a proposal to Putin,” Erdogan said on March 9. “We can build with the aid of the oil.” Turkey now wants to “revive Syria,” apparently to help keep Russian-backed Assad regime in power, despite Turkey’s past statements critiquing Assad. Turkey has a long history of working with  Russia to partition parts of Syria.
03/25/2020

Updates – African Countries With Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

All-Africa updates this page with reports of confirmed cases of the virus.
03/24/2020

MEASLES RIPS THROUGH CONGO

Measles has ripped through Congo unchecked into remote regions. Some 6,400 people have died, according to official figures, though healthcare workers say the number is likely much higher because reporting rates are so low.
03/24/2020

Soros’ Anti-Israel Funding

George Soros seems to have developed a special dislike of the State of Israel. He has rewritten Middle Eastern history to better jibe with his idea of the “poignant and difficult case” of “victims turning perpetrators.” Soros, much like the virulent anti-Semitic graphic daily propaganda in Arab, Palestinian, and Iranian newspapers, has been comparing Israel’s self-defense against repeated attempts of annihilation by Islamist/Arab terrorists to Nazi atrocities. The successful defense against terrorism, especially preemptive actions, is never appropriate in Soros’ book.
03/24/2020

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Was Accused Of Covering Up Cholera Epidemics In Africa

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, was accused in 2017 of downplaying cholera epidemics that hit Ethiopia and Sudan. A group of American doctors wrote that Tedros was “fully complicit in the terrible suffering and dying” that stemmed from a cholera outbreak in Sudan. Before that, Tedros faced allegations that he refused to investigate three cholera outbreaks when he served as Ethiopia’s health minister.
03/23/2020

Israel Under the Weight of Covid-19, Will Iran’s Proxies Strike ?

With the chaos of the coronavirus, will Iran take advantage of Israel’s perceived weakened state to attack through proxies? Iran may perceive Israel’s military as being unable to call up masses of reserves or send large groups of civilians into close quarters in rocket shelters due to coronavirus restrictions. Will Iran attack?
03/23/2020

DON’T TAKE SANCTIONS OFF IRAN

As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday at the president’s press conference about the coronavirus, the humanitarian channel to Iran is “wide open.” Indeed, the administration offered to help Tehran fight the pandemic last month, as its spread there became an issue and weeks before Americans started treating the threat seriously.
03/23/2020

COVID-19 Doctor in Italy, We No Longer Help Those Over 60

Israeli medical doctor Gai Peleg told Israeli television that in northern Italy the orders are not to allow those over 60 access to respiratory machines, because of medical equipment shortages. He added that all health services in the world face shortages due to the rapid and unexpected nature of COVID-19.  
03/23/2020

Wuhan Virus Cases on 3 US Naval Ships

There have been at least four novel covid-19 cases on three US Navy ships, raising concerns that the illness could spread rampantly across a military service that packs as many as 5,000 personnel onto vessels with tight quarters. Navy commands have now been told they must, to the largest extent possible, avoid mass gatherings and implement social distancing whenever possible
03/23/2020

CHINA – Children and Covid-19 Study

A recent review of 72,314 cases by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that less than 1% of the cases were in children younger than 10 years of age. In order to determine the spectrum of disease in children, Chinese doctors evaluated children infected with SARS-CoV-2 and treated at the Wuhan Children’s Hospital, the only center assigned by the central government for treating infected children under 16 years of age in Wuhan. Both symptomatic and asymptomatic children with known contact with persons having confirmed or suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection were evaluated.
03/23/2020

US Army Has Directed All Medical Units to Prepare for Possible Response To COVID-19 Outbreak

The US Army gave two combat support hospitals (CSH) — one at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington, and the other at Fort Campbell, Kentucky — a “prepare to deploy order” as the U.S. government wrestles with how best to help communities if the spread of COVID-19 intensifies, Gen. James McConville told reporters at the Pentagon.
03/23/2020

SYRIA : Secret Airstrike Destroys Iran’s Albukamal Base

At least 26 fighters from Iranian-backed units in Syria were dead. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights pointed a finger at the US and western countries. The US-led Coalition said it wasn’t them.
03/22/2020

The Race to Buy Spyware in the Gulf

Cyber surveillance has become a major weapon for Gulf states to crack down on dissent. The push to acquire cyber spyware followed the Arab Spring in 2011, which saw activists and protesters coordinate demonstrations and campaigns over social media. Since then, major defense and spyware companies have sold some of the most sophisticated cyber surveillance technologies to repressive regimes in the Gulf.
03/22/2020

VIDEO: Pentagon Test Launches Prototype Hypersonic Weapon

The template for a new generation of Army and Navy weapons was put to the test in a late Thursday missile launch in Hawaii. A prototype of the joint common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) rode a modified Polaris A3 booster from a launch pad at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai. The successful test ended with the glide body landing at an undisclosed distance from the launch site. The joint program is developing the common glide body that will house a conventional warhead and guidance system. This system will be the heart of the Army and Navy’s developing prompt global strike […]
03/21/2020

Israel and the Coronavirus, a World Pandemic

The commonly-known coronavirus, which was declared by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic, has engulfed Israel – must as it did many other countries, throughout the world. The Israeli interim government has issued strict orders with regard to public and private behavior, with normal life almost grinding to a halt, and the economy suffering a severe blow. Panel: -Jonathan Hessen, host. -Amir Oren, analyst. -Dr. Eran Lerman vice president of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and a lecturer at Shalem College. -Prof. Nellie Munin, adv., International Trade Law Expert, Former Minister of Economic Affairs in the […]
03/19/2020

IRAN, ITS PARTNERS, AND THE BALANCE OF EFFECTIVE FORCE

From Yemen to Iraq and through Syria to Lebanon, Iran’s use of local partners has proved consistently effective. What is the current balance of power in the Middle East?  In conventional terms it rests overwhelmingly with the West and its allies, whose combined arsenals dwarf those of Iran and its partners. But the more subtle “balance of effective force” — in other words, those capabilities which are most readily deployable and deliver greatest military and political advantage in an actual conflict — has tipped over the last five years decisively toward Iran. Tehran possesses a capability which its adversaries do not: the […]
03/19/2020

The Coronavirus Crisis in Iran

The scale of the virus’ spread and the death rate in Iran are dire, to the extent that if not contained, hundreds of thousands of Iranians risk infection and death. This drastic situation is a direct result of the ruling regime’s incompetence, lack of sufficient resources to confront the virus, and the corrupt ruling elite.
03/19/2020

Coronavirus in the Middle East: Unlearned Lessons and Missed Opportunities

There is little indication that Middle Eastern rulers are learning any lessons from the devastating coronavirus. Nor is there any suggestion that they are willing to see the pandemic as an opportunity to negotiate new social contracts at a time when the virus has temporarily taken the wind out of the sails out of mass anti-government protests.
03/18/2020

Averting a Total Collapse Middle East and North Africa

How is the water-energy-food nexus impacting ecological, social, and political systems in the Middle East and North Africa?
03/18/2020

Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 5,950 in 194 Cities

March 17, that the Coronavirus death toll has reached 5,950 in 194 cities in all of Iran’s 31 provinces. The number of victims in Isfahan, Gilan, Khorasan Razavi, and Fars provinces respectively is 600, 733, 501, and 152. The situation in Hamadan, Markazi and Yazd provinces is getting worse with 129, 115, and 120 losing their lives respectively. The names of 100 victims in Aran and Bidgol in Isfahan province have been obtained by Resistance Units. Despite stage-managed shows and lies by the mullahs’ regime during the World Health Organization (WHO) delegation visit to Iran, Dr. Richard Brennan, the emergency director for […]
03/14/2020

COVID-19 Wuhan Institute of Virology, China’s Covert Biological Weapons Program

Wuhan is the location of China’s sole declared Level-4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The laboratory is engaged in research on deadly coronaviruses and has been linked to China’s covert biological weapons program
03/14/2020

US Naval Research, Raytheon SM-6 Block 1B SM-6 Hypersonic Speed, Anti-Surface Role

A U.S. Navy document that cryptically describes a versatile and powerful new missile likely offers the first confirmation of the hypersonic speed and newly acquired, antisurface-warfare role for the Raytheon SM-6 Block 1B. The terse reference in a written submission by Navy officials to the House Armed Services Committee on March 11 also likely offers the first proof that the SM-6 Block 1B remains in development, even after the Navy scrubbed all references to the project in the latest round of fiscal 2021 budget documents.
03/14/2020

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force Mahan Airlines brought the Covid-19 Virus from China to Iran

Video News Report. Flight records shows that from February 4 to February 23 the airline had at least 55 return flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Gwangju and Shenzen and the flights still continue.
03/14/2020

Syria vs Turkey, War and Diplomacy

A major conflict between Russia and Turkey was seemingly averted last week, when their respective presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met in Moscow and reached a relatively limited arrangement for an immediate ceasefire in Syria’s northwestern Idlib governorate. Nevertheless, to judge by past agreements – which were proclaimed but never fully implemented – the Syrian situation is as fragile as ever. Panel: – Jonathan Hessen, host. – Amir Oren, analyst. – Miss Paula Slier, Middle East Bureau Chief of Russia Today. – Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak: research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center.
03/14/2020

The F-35 Still Has Hundreds of Design Flaws

The latest damning assessment of the F-35. The latest report from the Pentagon’s operational test and evaluation on the aircraft for fiscal year 2019, released to the public in January, indicates that the F-35’s critical software is currently dealing with some 873 bugs, as well as 13 other “must fix” issues.
03/14/2020

US Keeping Two Carriers in Gulf to Deter Iran Proxy Attacks

The Pentagon said Friday it would keep two aircraft carrier task forces in the Gulf region after carrying out strikes in Iraq on five depots for Iran-supplied rockets. Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie said the carrier groups would be staying for a sustained period 
03/13/2020

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now

An update on containment vs. mitigation strategies, 17 translations at the bottom of the article. Covered in this article,  lots of charts, data and models with plenty of sources:
03/13/2020