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China deploys 300,000 soldiers to North Korea’s doorstep
February 7, 2018
China deploys 300,000 soldiers to North Korea’s doorstep
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The People’s Republic of China is reportedly moving 300,000 troops to its border with North Korea, in anticipation of hostilities between the rogue regime and the United States.
Given the 880 mile length of the border, this would amount to a concentration of one soldier for every 15.5 feet.
Missile defense system strengthened
South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo was the first news outlet to announce the buildup. It reported:
China is preparing for a potential war on the Korean Peninsula by reinforcing missile defenses near the border with North Korea, Radio Free Asia reported Friday.
RFA quoted a North Korean source in China as saying the Chinese military late last year deployed another missile defense battery at an armored division in Helong, west of Longjing in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.
Military units in Yanbian were relocated from Heilongjiang Province, thus adding 300,000 troops along the border, the source added.
The report went on to say that missile defense batteries will be deployed close to several North Korean reservoirs to augment the troop movement.
 
 
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From: Dunggate2/10/18 4:21 PM 
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Hezbollah: Downing of Israeli F-16 Marks 'Start of New Strategic Phase'
Iran calls Israeli drone claims 'ridiculous'; Russia calls to respect Syrian sovereignty following Israeli strikes
 
Jack Khoury and Reuters Feb 10, 2018 5:04 PM
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A a piece from a missile that landed on February 10, 2018 in the eastern Lebanese town of Rayak, near the border with Syria 
A a piece from a missile that landed on February 10, 2018 in the eastern Lebanese town of Rayak, near the border with Syria HASSAN JARRAH/AFP
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Hezbollah said that an Israeli F-16 was shot down on Saturday marks the "start of a new strategic phase," in an official statement released on Saturday.
 
The comments come after multiple Israeli strikes on Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, following a downing of an Iranian drone which entered Israeli airspace, and a downing of an Israeli F-16 by Syrian air defenses.
 
Hezbollah condemned Israeli aggression, stating that exploitation of Syrian airspace will be limited. "Today's developments mean the old equations have categorically ended," said the statement.
 
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Moscow also expressed serious concerns about the latest developments in Syria and called on the sides to exercise restraint and avoid an escalation of the situation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. 
 
"We urge all sides to exercise restraint and to avoid any actions that could lead to an even greater complication of the situation," the ministry said in a statement. "It is necessary to unconditionally respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and other countries in the region." 
 
Iran, meanwhile, issued its first official response to the events, with its Foreign Ministry rejecting as "ridiculous" reports that Israel had intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria. 
 
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"Reports of downing an Iranian drone flying over Israel and also Iran's involvement in attacking an Israeli jet are so ridiculous ... Iran only provides military advice to Syria," TV quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying. 
 
Earlier on Saturday, the pro-Assad military alliance, which includes Iran and Hezbollah, warned Israel that any new act of what it called "terrorism" will be met with a "severe and serious response."
 
>> Iranian drone, downed Israeli fighter jet: What we know about latest Israel-Syria escalation
 
The statement said that Israel claims the drone entered Israeli airspace are "a lie," adding that the drones were being used to combat the Islamic State.  
 
A senior official was quoted in the statement saying he does not believe matters will develop into a regional war.
 
Meanwhile, the deputy head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps declined to comment on the drone incident, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
 
"We cannot confirm this report on the drone because Israelis are liars ... if Syrians confirm it, Iran will confirm it as well," Brigadier General Hossein Salami said, according to Tasnim.
 
On Saturday, Israel targeted 12 sites around Damascus after an Israeli F-16 was downed. According to the Israeli army, Syrian anti-aircraft missiles targeted the jet after Israel responded to the infiltration of an Iranian drone with a strike in Syria.
 
The two F-16 pilots ejected as the plane went down in northern Israel. The pilots were taken to the hospital in stable condition. One of the pilots is in serious condition. Following the downing of the jet Israel responded with a fresh "large-scale strike" in Syria.
An Israeli military spokesman said that Syria and Iran are "playing with fire" and will pay a heavy price. The Prime Minister's Office has instructed cabinet ministers not to speak publicly about the events on the northern border.
 

 
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Israel Demands UN Security Council 'Put an End to Iranian Provocation'
Iranian drone's infiltration into Israel 'proves that each and every one' of Israel warnings turned out to be true, ambassador Dannon says
 
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Israel asked the United Nations Security Council on Saturday to condemn Iran after an Iranian drone was shot down over Israeli territory earlier in the day. The Israeli ambassador to the UN called on the panel to "put an end to Iranian provocations."
 
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The Israeli military says it shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country and struck Iranian targets in Syria that launched it. Syrian air-defense missiles hit an Israeli F-16 fighter jet, prompting the pilots to eject. Following the downing of the jet, Israel carried out what an Air Force general said was the "largest and most significant" strike in Syria since 1982.
 
"This is not the first time we warn you of Iran's dangerous and destabilizing actions in the region," ambassador Danny Danon wrote in the letter. "This incident proves that each and every one of those warnings turned out to be true. Israel will defend its civilians and will not tolerate any violation of its sovereignty."
 
In the letter, Dannon called on the Security Council to condemn Iran. "The Security Council must condemn this dangerous move and put an end to Iranian provocation." Dannon noted Iran was in violation of Security Council resolutions.
 
 
UN soldiers look out on a post at Mount Avital, in the Golan Heights near the Israeli Syrian border, February 10, 2018. \ AMMAR AWAD/ REUTERS
 
Hezbollah earlier said that the downing of an Israeli F-16 marks the "start of a new strategic phase."
 
"Today's developments mean the old equations have categorically ended," the group said in an official statement.
 
Russia, a member of the Security Councill, expressed serious concerns about the latest developments in Syria and called on the sides to exercise restraint and avoid an escalation of the situation.
 
"We urge all sides to exercise restraint and to avoid any actions that could lead to an even greater complication of the situation," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "It is necessary to unconditionally respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and other countries in the region." 
 
Iran, meanwhile, issued its first official response to the events, with its Foreign Ministry rejecting as "ridiculous" reports that Israel had intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria.
 
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Bennett: No more ‘surgical precision,’ Iranian forces are ‘legitimate targets’
 February 8, 2018
Bennett: No more ‘surgical precision,’ Iranian forces are ‘legitimate targets’Minister Naftali Bennett. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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“We will not be handling things with surgical precision, we view neighborhoods that have rockets as legitimate targets,” warned Israeli parliamentarian Naftali Bennett.
 
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
 
Naftali Bennet, Minister of Education, Minister of Diaspora Affairs, and a member of Israel’s security cabinet, said in an interview on Israeli Radio 103 on Wednesday that it’s “illogical” to send the IDF to fight terror organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah when hitting their Iranian backers makes more sense.
 
“Iran is behind the anti-Israel activity in Syria and Lebanon,” Bennett said on the program. “It is an octopus that sends out tentacles and expects us to act against its proxies, while it sits safely in its place. I am promoting a policy that calls for focusing our efforts against Iran itself.”
 
The minister did not act concerned about possible collateral damage, which has been the Israeli army’s chief concern in all its counter-attacks from the air as well as the ground over at least the past decade. Worry over civilian casualties has reportedly led to many cancelled airstrikes against wanted terrorists.
 
“The force behind everything is Iran and we must pinpoint the laser on it,” Bennet commented. “I am putting forward a strategic line and saying that we will not be handling things with surgical precision, we view neighborhoods that have rockets as legitimate targets.”
 
He did not, however, answer a direct question regarding whether an Israeli attack is imminent.
 
This is not the first time the hawkish minister has talked of Iran being the correct target for Israel’s military. At the recently concluded International Conference of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, Bennet spoke about Iran’s short- and long-term strategies and what Israel’s response should be.
 
“For more than 30 years, the Iranian swamp has been sending mosquitoes at us,” Bennett said in his INSS speech. “Once from a forward base in Lebanon, another time from a forward base in Gaza. Now it is trying to establish a base in Syria.” The cost, he continued, was a heavy one: “Hundreds of soldiers and civilians killed in the fighting against the emissaries of Iran.”
 
“The Iranian chain of command consists of four entities,” he noted. “The sender, the purveyor, the host and the messenger. … [T]he State of Israel has focused for 30 years on fighting only the emissaries. We barely touched the hosts, and we never touched the purveyor or the sender. “
 
 

 
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Trump tells Putin now time for peace between Israelis and Palestinians
Feb 13, 2018 | 0  |     
Trump tells Putin now time for peace between Israelis and Palestinians
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday told his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that “now is the time” to work toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. The two leaders spoke on the phone shortly before Putin met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. According to statements released by both the White House and the Kremlin, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was an important part of the conversation between the two leaders.
In the statement, the White House said that after Trump offered his condolences to Putin for the fatal plane crash that took place in Moscow over the weekend, the Russian President noted his meeting with Abbas later in the day, “and President Trump said that now is the time to work toward an enduring peace agreement.” During their meeting, Abbas told Putin he could no longer accept the role of the United States as a mediator in talks with Israel because of Washington’s behaviour, the Interfax news agency reported. 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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DEVELOPING: Israel appears to be preparing for major war, Gives strong warning to Iran
Feb 11, 2018 02:36 pm
DEVELOPING: Israel appears to be preparing for major war, Gives strong warning to Iran
Israel has boosted its air defense in the North following a significant confrontation between the Jewish State, Syria and Iran which led to the loss of an F-16 fighter jet.  While the army refused to comment on the reports, witnesses reported seeing a convoy of missile-defense batteries heading north near the Israeli-Arab city of Baka al-Gharbiya. Other witnesses posted photos of several trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel.
Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets; the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere and the David’s Sling missile-defense system, which is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from ranges of between 40 km. to 300 km. Israel also has Patriot missile batteries stationed in the North and has used them to intercept drones infiltrating into Israeli airspace from Syria. 
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MAKES STRONG THREAT TO IRAN: Israel issued stark warnings on Sunday over Iran’s presence in neighboring Syria after a confrontation threatened to open a new and unpredictable period in the country’s seven-year civil war. Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets — the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began. The raids came after an Israeli F16 fighter was shot down by Syrian air defences. The pilots survived, but it was Israel’s first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982. “We inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. 
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PROPHECY WATCH: Russia, Turkey And Iran Discuss Meeting On Syria In Kazakhstan
Feb 12, 2018 | 0  |     
According to a new report from the Jerusalem Post, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday that Russia, Turkey and Iran had discussed a possible meeting of their foreign ministers
on Syria, which could be held in Kazakhstan’s Astana in March, the TASS news agency reported. Bogdanov also warned against escalation in the Middle East after Israeli strikes on Syria. 
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RUMORS OF WAR: Damascus warns Israel of ‘more surprises’ in Syria
Feb 13, 2018 | 0  |     
RUMORS OF WAR: Damascus warns Israel of ‘more surprises’ in Syria
Israel will face “more surprises” should it again attack Syrian territory, Damascus said on Tuesday, after Syria’s air defenses shot down an advanced Israeli warplane during the fiercest flare-up between the old foes in 36 years.  The F-16 jet was hit over northern Israel on Saturday as it returned from a raid on a Syrian position blamed for launching an Iranian-made drone across the border. Iran is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s near seven-year civil war.
“Have full confidence the aggressor will be greatly surprised, because it thought this war – this war of attrition Syria has been exposed to for years – had made it incapable of confronting attacks,” Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sussan said. “God willing, they will see more surprises whenever they try to attack Syria,” Sussan said during a Damascus news conference. READ MORE https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/damascus-warns-israel-of-more-surprises-in-syria-idUSKBN1FX198Scripture Signs Removed From High School Choir Room Following Complaint From Atheist Activist Group
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RUMORS OF WAR: Lebanon threatens all out war with Israel ‘at any cost’ in shock warning
Feb 20, 2018 | 1  |     
RUMORS OF WAR: Lebanon threatens all out war with Israel ‘at any cost’ in shock warning
A blunt threat was issued to Israel by the head of the Lebanese army when he vowed to do whatever it takes fight aggression from Tel Aviv at a conference on increasing stability in the Middle East. General Joseph Aoun’s furious remarks were made in a speech at the “Support for Stability and Development in the Arab States and the Middle East” regional conference. Lebanon and Israel have seen relations strain
in recent years over Tel Aviv’s plans to build a border wall and Beirut’s decision to explore for offshore energy near disputed waters. General Aoun said: “I reiterate today our categorical rejection of the Israeli enemy’s sovereignty of Lebanon and its sacred right to invest all its economic resources. “And the army will not spare any method available to confront any Israeli aggression, whatever that costs.” 
 
 
 

 
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