Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Update: Syrian Violence Threatens Israeli Border At Lebanon

Syrian Violence Threatens Israeli Border

Syrian civil war violence spread to Lebanon’s west coast Monday, leaving two dead and 40 wounded in Tripoli clashes between pro and anti- Assad groups in a sign that Lebanon’s history of civil war may repeat itself along Israel's northern border.

At least 10 Lebanese army soldiers were wounded during the fighting in Tripoli, the Beirut Daily Star reported. Security sources said that machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) forced the army to retreat as anti-Assad Sunni Muslims fought with pro-Assad Alawites.

A wave of kidnappings in the past week, similar to those in the 15-year-old civil war from 1975 to 1990, left dozens of captives in the hands of Shi’ite Muslims who want the release of 12 Lebanese being held hostage by rebels in Syria.

“We have long warned against slipping into the smoldering fire surrounding Lebanon but it is clear that there are several parties who seek to involve Lebanon in the conflict,” Prime Minister Najib Mikati said in a statement.

Lebanon has been on the constant verge of civil war since before Syrian President Bashar Assad pulled out thousands of soldiers from the country several years ago. Pro-Syrian and Hizbullah forces have gained strength in every government and now are the dominating force in the splintered country.

The lack of authority by the Lebanese army leaves a power vacuum that Hizbullah, financed by Iran, might continue to fill, allowing it to strengthen its hold on the country.

The worst-case scenario for Israel would be the rebels in Syria and Hizbullah in Lebanon turning their guns on their common enemy – Israel – if war breaks out with Iran.

And of course the threat from Iran is continuous and growing by the day. How many days in a given week do we read something about Iran's war preparations?

Amid increasing talk of a possible Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities, Iran has begun construction of a new, state-of-the-art, anti-aircraft missile base.

The new base, located near the city of Abadeh, in southern Iran, will cost $300 million, be home to 6,000 personnel, and host seven battalions, Iran’s Fars news agency reported Tuesday.

Last month, a senior Iranian air defense commander asserted that all Iranian air defense units and systems are fully prepared to repel possible enemy air raids.

Also on Tuesday, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled an upgraded version of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile just weeks after it was test-fired, Iranian state media reported.

Iran considers both the United States and Israel as potential adversaries. Neither country has ruled out a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, which they claim is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.

Iran has also been pushing to upgrade its missiles, which already can target Israel and US bases in the Middle East. The Pentagon released a report in June noting significant advances in Iranian missile technology, acknowledging that the Islamic Republic has improved the accuracy and firing capabilities of its missiles.


Anonymous said...

Stocks were down, true, but only 68 pts. I am NOT sure if top tick is
in, BUT 13,051 NEEDS to be watched

This market is very overbought and
SPECULATION abounds, an example,
AAPL got up to nearly 700 this am
before selling off.

CONFIRMATION is needed for bears to
be back in the saddle. 13,051 NEEDS
to be taken out to do that.

Otherwise, the end will be DELAYED
yet again.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>

Ally said...

Scott-im not sure why, but I thought you might find this interesting. According to Trading Charts.com China purchased 721,598 tons of corn this year, cimpared to 172,623 tons last year. Storing it up (about 6 or 7 years worth maybe?) Hmmm

Anonymous said...

Talk of another big episode of
earthquakes and subsequent Tsunamis
hitting Hawaii has become more
frequent in the vision and dream
sections on line...

so I did some checking to SEE if
any of these "so called" revelations
have any merit INCLUDING Mr. Jonathan Hansen.

This is what I found, and it is
disturbing to say the least...


prophecy gang please read....

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Scott said...

Ally - that is very interesting indeed. Was any explanation offered? It sure looks like storage to me.

Stephen - I had glanced at a similar headline, but somehow missed reading the article - thanks for that link

Anonymous said...

Iran preparing for war?? Iran has NEVER been a threat, nor will be. We- USA and Israel- are the "supreme powers" and if Iran is doing anything, it's merely defensive as they are quite aware they'd be annihilated if they tried anything. Israel is goading & taunting, blaming Iran for real and perceived slights, basically running to mommie to tattle on naughty Iran so Iran will get a "spanking". Meanwhile, while "mommy" isn't looking Israel is poking Iran in the eye with a sharp stick.

Mrs.C said...

Hi Brother Stephen, :)
Great article, thanks for sharing!
God Bless You Brother! :)