Monday, October 19, 2015

US Military Head Meets Israeli PM- Arming Israel

I find this meeting curiously timed

US military head meets Israeli leaders 

The top US military officer has pledged further military cooperation with Israel.

The top US military officer has pledged further military cooperation with Israel in meetings with the country's leaders, amid increasing worries about Iranian involvement in the Syria conflict.
Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.
They acknowledged that while the US and Israel differ on the Iran nuclear agreement, the two nations must also deal with malignant Iranian activities in the region.
The seven-nation nuclear pact formally took effect on Sunday and could eventually provide Iran relief from international sanctions in exchange for constraining its nuclear program.
Netanyahu has condemned the deal as empowering Tehran to spread unrest in the Mideast while leaving the country capable of making an atomic bomb.
Iran, meanwhile, has sent hundreds of troops to Syria, joining allied Hezbollah fighters and Russian air strikes in an offensive to wrest key areas from rebels fighting the Syrian government.
Navy Captain Greg Hicks, a spokesman for Dunford, says the meeting at Netanyahu's residence included discussions about Islamic State extremists, Iranian influence and Iran's ties to Hezbollah.
"There's no shortage of challenges, and I think that there's common agreement that we have to stop this aggression in the region, but specifically the aggression that is aimed at Israel," Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting.
"There's a lot to talk about - how to bolster our common security interests and Israel's ability to defend itself, by itself, against these and other threats." said Dunford, who took over as chairman on October 1, is on his first overseas trip as chairman.
Dunford the new man as of October 1/2015- First stop- Israel
He said he made Israel his first stop, reflecting the important relationship the US has with the Israelis.
"I'm confident that the solution to those challenges is our cooperation and that's what I'm committed to, and that's why I'm here today," Dunford said as the meeting with Netanyahu started.
Dunford's visit to Israel coincided with the recent spike in violence around the country, including a bold attack at a southern bus station Sunday when an Arab armed with a gun and knife opened fire, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding 10 others.
During his two days in Israel, Dunford also met with Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, the commander-in-chief of the Israel Defence Forces at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, and with Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon and other military leaders.
During the meeting with Yaalon, the two men briefly mentioned the expected discussions about a military aid package for Israel.
Hicks said the subject came up "in passing" and that additional talks are forthcoming.
There is no way in hell these military aid package for Israel came up for discussion in passing
The discussions had been sidelined by the disagreement over the Iran deal. But in August, President Barack Obama indicated that conversations would "move rapidly" and would include next-generation missile defence programs.
This article definitely goes with the previous two but  each news item screamed for it's own space:

Syrian 'Rebels" aka Terrorists Receive More Weapons via Turkey/ CIA Arms Program

14 comments:

  1. Perhaps the meeting between the US and Israeli was a mutual hand-wringing event due to the information--recently delivered to Netanyahoo by Putin that Russia has now put a Khibiny-style "dome" over Syria and, as a result, any Israeli planes that "accidentally" stray into Syrian territory will now face unpleasant consequences.

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  2. One thing is certain, Netanyahu will be playing the 'poor defenseless Israel' card for all it is worth in order to scam more free stuff from the US.

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    1. Israel always plays the poor defenseless Israel card
      God that nation is sick!

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  3. OT but timely

    Mark Twain said, "Congress and diapers should be changed with the same frequency, and for the same reason."

    I can't help thinking he could have mentioned Parliament in the same sentence.

    Throw the bums out! Throw 'em all out!!

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    1. Well Canada sure saw red. I was not a fan of Mr Trudeau- he and his campaign reeked of Obama's hope and change rhetoric- I think Canadians are going to feel very betrayed by Justin

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  4. An excellent South Front video on the Saker website.

    The only negative is that Hezbollah lost its Commander in Chief, but Israel must be quaking at the thought of Hezbollah upgrading it's military capabilities.

    It was to be expected that when the USA and Saudi Arabia threatened to supply manpads to the syrian rebels, the Russians could very easily return the favour.

    There is so much news packed into this short video, but the Russians are described as having increasing numbers of "advisers" down to squad level which should increase the effectiveness of the Syrian army dramatically. The Russians are also beefing up their naval base at Tartus with reports of 10 cargo ships on the way. The Syrian army can look forward to new supplies, but if Hezbollah and perhaps Iran are also recipients, then Israel's position just got a lot more precarious.

    Very interesting that the Iraqis are also coming down hard on ISIS and the possibility of a Russian supported Iran, Iraq, Syria, Hezbolla axis with the Houthis piling on the misery for the Saudis in Yemen mean that this has been an unprecented game changing few weeks.

    Anthony

    http://thesaker.is/international-military-review-analysis-syria-iraq-battlespace-oct-19-10-2015/

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    1. Hey Anthony- I went and watched the video!

      Judging by the news out of Syria, it appears the SAA with the assistance of Russia are making headway.
      I saw Kerry was talkin' diplomacy so figured the advance has to be going along well-
      ty for letting me know!

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  5. regarding your theory that ISIS act as front-wave/shocktroops to create space for Kurdish groups to expand their hold on Syria/Iraqi territory: well, it ain't just the Kurds it seems - there's an ISIS/"Syrian Turkmen" symbiosis too . . .


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    FARSNEWS (Iran) -
    Wed Aug 12, 2015 - Turkey Replaces Al-Nusra Front with Turkmen Rebel Group in Aleppo Countryside


    "TEHRAN (FNA)- Al-Sultan Murad Brigade, a Turkmen militia group, replaced the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group in Aleppo at the order of the Turkish government in order to pave the way for creating a buffer zone in Northern Syria.

    The Al-Sultan Murad Brigade militants crossed the Turkish border into Syria on Monday and occupied areas that were previously under the control of Al-Nusra Front.

    Witnesses said the Al-Sultan Murad Brigade was equipped with DshK-equipped four-wheel drive vehicles, trucks packed with weapons and ammunition.

    The Al Nusra Front militants withdrew from the areas under their control in the Aleppo countryside.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants the areas in Aleppo to block a Kurdish autonomous area in north Syria but also as a supply route for his forces who are planning to seize the Aleppo city which is Erdogan's real strategic target, Arab regional media said.

    Al-Sultan Murad Brigade, led by Ahmet Osman, is a terrorist group that was established in Aleppo in March 2013."



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    REUTERS (AngloZionist) - Mon Oct 19, 2015 -
    (filed under: "Business" btw)

    Syrian rebels say they receive more [US-made] weapons for Aleppo battle"

    "We received more supplies of ammunition in greater quantities than before, including mortar bombs, rocket launchers and anti-tank (missiles)," said Issa al-Turkmani, a commander in the FSA-affiliated [Al-] Sultan Murad group fighting in the Aleppo area.

    "We have received more new TOWs in the last few days ... We are well-stocked after these deliveries.""


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    1. "regarding your theory that ISIS act as front-wave/shocktroops to create space for Kurdish groups to expand their hold on Syria/Iraqi territory: well, it ain't just the Kurds it seems - there's an ISIS/"Syrian Turkmen" symbiosis too . . . "

      reading the linked articles the Turkmen group are going to attempt to blocks the Kurds..

      'Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants the areas in Aleppo to block a Kurdish autonomous area in north Syria"

      and as an afterthought seize Aleppo city?

      I've talked about Turkey wanting to block the Kurds using Turkmen militia previously here at the blog, but, this is the first I've read of a move to take Aleppo city- which seems highly unlikely at this time.

      It's also interesting to think that Turkey could actually remove FSA from the area? Wonder what is really going on?


      and yes I have the news here about the terrorists receiving more weapons from teh US

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  6. does this above gel with the alleged theory, which you may have seen being waffled on about, at the Saker's place by some character calling themselves "Penelope", concerning the alleged existence of a CFR-Rockefeller Peacenik Faction?

    I think not

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    1. I am completely unfamiliar with this theory and am only vaguely familiar with "Penelope".. could you leave me a link for this alleged theory?

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