Two days after an Iranian pilotless helicopter breached Israeli air space, Israel Monday, Oct. 8, stationed Patriot missile interceptor batteries in different parts of northern Israel, including Mt. Carmel, near Haifa, in what one Israeli official called a routine step...military sources disclose that the Patriot, which has extremely high interception capabilities, was in fact rushed into position as the country celebrated Simhat Torah, lest Iran or Hizballah plan a follow-up aerial intrusion and in view of the current deterioration in Syria which Turkish President Abdullah Gulf called Monday “the worst case scenario.” These batteries are only normally deployed during joint US-Israeli drills or in times of eve-of-war tension.
Most worrying was the Iranian drone’s flight over IDF’s sensitive the Palmachim rocket launch site not far from the Nahal Soreq nuclear research reactor, without triggering any early warning tracking systems.
In all, Israel’s air and missile defense systems failed to respond to incoming aerial threats from the north – Syria or Lebanon – and the West – the Mediterranean.
After the incident, a high-ranking Iranian commander, Jamaluddin Aberoumand, deputy coordinator of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, said the incursion exposed the weakness of Israeli air defenses. He told the Fars news agency, that it indicated Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system "does not work and lacks the necessary capacity."
This was taken by the Israeli army command as pointing to more Iranian and Hizballah aerial intrusions in the works.
Israeli military researchers, investigating the incident have, according to DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources, found fragments of the downed Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle had been made out of a certain type of fiberglass which is absorbent to radar beams. This explains why it was not detected by Israeli air defense radar.
This alerted the investigators to the possibility that Iranian engineers were able to reverse-engineer the stealth and radar-repellent elements embodied in the secret US RQ-170 drone they captured on Dec. 13, 2011, and incorporate them in the UAV which breached Israeli air space.
Whatever happened then, Iran managed to commandeer the most secret American drone, a huge prize, together with its highly sophisticated electronic systems. The incident Saturday showed that the IDF had not taken into account that, in the interim ten months, Iran had learned how to use the stolen American RQ-170 stealth and counter-radar capabilities to upgrade unmanned aircraft of its own.
Turkey and Syria have been firing artillery and mortars across their volatile border since Wednesday after shelling from Syria killed five civilians.The exchange of fire stoked fears that Syria’s civil war will escalate into a regional conflagration drawing in NATO member Turkey.Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday called on his people to be prepared for war with Syria should the need arise
Amid growing tensions between Turkey and Syria, with cross-border shelling taking place between the two countries on a daily basis, the fighting between insurgents and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad intensified Monday, with rebel sources putting the death toll for the day at 165.
In Monday’s fighting, the rebels reportedly shot down a Syrian Air Force MIG fighter plane near Aleppo, the historical city ravaged by heavy fighting in recent weeks.Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul described the situation in Syria as “worst-case scenarios.” Gul urged the international community to take action, asserting that Turkey would continue to do everything necessary to protect its borders.
Turkish jets have struck suspected Kurdish rebel targets in two separate cross-border raids in northern Iraq, a Turkish news agency reported Monday, prompting Iraq to vow to take “diplomatic” steps against Ankara for violating its sovereignty.
Don't forget, Hezbollah (as is Hamas) works directly under Iran, who is supporting the Assad regime, so the story below makes sense in this context. Additionally, as we can see, fears are mounting that the Syrian civil war will spill over to include Lebanon and Turkey:
Hezbollah on Sunday fired missiles from Lebanon at the town of Qosayr in response to the killing of 75 of the Shiite group’s fighters in Syria, Syrian opposition sources reported on Monday.
Syrian rebels ambushed and killed 75 Hezbollah militiamen who entered the Homs suburb of Qosayr, the British-based Strategic Research and Communication Center said. Other Syrian sources reported that the Hezbollah fighters came to assist a Syrian army assault on rebel positions in the Homs suburb on Sunday.
Monday’s report of Hezbollah involvement in the Syrian civil war followed an Al Arabiya report published on Friday which claimed that leaked documents showed that “Hezbollah has played an active role in the deadly crackdown on civilians and armed opposition in the neighboring Syria.”
“The resistance can no longer claim that its arms are to defend Lebanon because it is being used locally and against the Syrian people as well as in an attempt to gain control over Lebanon,” Lebanese newspaper Al-Joumhouria quoted him saying.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed concern that the crisis in Syria could spill over to Turkey and Lebanon.
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria held a meeting today with his regime’s army leadership to discuss the possibility of a full general military mobilization to face the prospect of war with Turkey, according to a senior Syrian official speaking to WND.
The officials said that while Assad can depend on Shiite, Druze and Christian reserves, there is concern of large scale refusal among the Sunni population. The majority of the Syrian military is Sunni, while most of the military leadership comes from Assad’s Alawite religious group.
Turkey reportedly bombarded Syrian army positions in response to what Turkish officials said was a new shell strike on a border town.
The exchanges came hours after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier today called the escalating conflict on the Syrian-Turkish “extremely dangerous” and made a strong appeal for countries to stop the flow of arms into the region.
He said the internal situation in Syria had “dramatically worsened” and was causing “serious risks to the stability of Syria’s neighbors and the entire region.”
At least 10,000 Israelis will die if Israel strikes Iran, a senior member of Iran’s Expediency Council and former Revolutionary Guards Corps commander said on Monday.
“If they attack, Iran’s deterrent power would deal a mortal blow to them and the Israeli death rate would not be less than 10,000,” PressTV quoted Mohsen Rezai, who led the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps for 16 years in the 1980s and 1990s, saying. He added that the death toll would quickly force Israel to desist.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in August suggested that in the event Israel goes to war with Iran, his group would fire rockets at Israel and “transform the lives of millions of Zionists in occupied Palestine to a real hell.” Nasrallah said the attacks would result in tens of thousands of Israeli fatalities.
The Palestinians have not abandoned the option of armed struggle against Israel, a top Fatah official in the West Bank said Monday.Mahmoud Aloul, member of the Fatah Central Committee and former Palestinian Authority governor of Nablus, said that although the Palestinians have agreed to launch a "popular resistance against occupation, no one has dropped the armed resistance from his dictionary."
Russia is on its way once again to becoming a world military power, based on promises by Russian President Vladimir Putin and what he is projecting in the way of defense spending over the next six years...Putin wants to “reindustrialize Russia” by rebuilding the defense industry while creating some 25 million new “high-tech jobs” during his six-year term in an effort to transform its military into an “iron fist” against the West.
Deputy Prime Minister for Armaments Dmitry Rogozin, who was Russia’s chief representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels until last year and an ardent supporter of Putin, envisions this effort, as promised by Putin in his election campaign last year, to make Russia a world major industrial power once again.
The U.S. and the U.S.-led alliance of Western nations are seen as the primary long-term adversary that Russia must arm against at all costs and oppose, while partial security cooperation and tactical agreements on issues like Iran and Afghanistan are temporary, opportunistic in nature and may be abandoned as soon as plans to turn Russia into a world industrial and military powerhouse are realized.”