Iraq Military Base Housing US Contractors Targeted By Five Explosive DronesBy Behold Israel, Jun 10, 2021

Multiple drones targeted Balad Airbase in northern Iraq on Wednesday, resulting in no casualties; Iranian-backed militias have been the culprit in past attacks; A base at Baghdad International Airport was also targeted.

Another attack occurred in Iraq on Wednesday, targeting the Balad Airbase located north of Baghdad. No casualties or even damage was reported following the event, and like previous attacks, Iranian-backed militia groups are suspected to be the source. Balad has been a frequent hotspot for Iranian-sponsored attacks due to the US presence.

In what is a certain concern for the US military, the attacks this week took place via explosive suicide drones that are difficult for the US military to detect on its radar systems due to the low altitude at which the drones fly.

An additional attack was reported as having taken place at the Baghdad International Airport, where another base is located. Several injuries have been inflicted due to these recurring militia attacks, and one foreign contractor was killed several weeks ago.

One source has reported that the US military is now offering a significant reward for anyone who can offer information regarding the source of Wednesday’s attack.

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Post-Conflict, UN Human Rights Council Opens Ludicrous Investigation Into Alleged Israel War CrimesBy Behold Israel, May 28, 2021

On the heels of the two-week conflict between Hamas (Gaza) and Israel, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved an investigation into supposed war crimes committed by Israel; Israeli Foreign Ministry: The decision is a moral stain on the international community and the UN.

Just days after Hamas (Gaza) and Israel agreed to a unilateral ceasefire, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened an investigation into alleged Israel war crimes and human rights violations. The 11-day conflict came to an end on Friday morning, May 21st, but it’s critical to remember how it began in the first place – Hamas firing multiple rockets towards the capital city of Israel, Jerusalem.

The UNHRC voted 24-9 in favor of the investigation, including 14 abstentions. It is also worth noting that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation brought the resolution to the table, which has a longstanding sympathy for the Palestinians.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the probe “completely ignores the 4,300 rockets toward Israeli citizens” and added that it is a “moral stain on the international community and the UN.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined the criticism, stating that the UNHRC clearly has a “blatant anti-Israel obsession.” He added that the “automatic majority at the council whitewashes a genocidal terrorist organization that deliberately targets Israeli civilians while turning Gaza’s civilians into human shields.”

Not only did Hamas initiate the violence that ensued, but it fired over 4,000 rockets in total, sometimes harming its own people. Furthermore, the acts of terror that came out of Gaza resulted in the deaths of several Israeli civilians. As Hamas continued to launch rockets, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) retaliated with numerous airstrikes throughout the Strip. 

And while the UNHRC cites the Jewish state for potential human rights violations, it’s worth noting that it’s Hamas that strategically establishes itself in civilian areas and compounds, creating human shields for itself as noted by the PM.

It was perhaps Defense Minister Benny Gantz who said it best, stating that the decision “ends all legitimacy for the Human Rights Council’s continued existence.”

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IAEA chief: Iran’s uranium enrichment now at levels of ‘countries making bombs @Koenig eyeview watch.org

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog has said Iran is enriching uranium to levels that only countries seeking to make atomic weapons reach, and that the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program can no longer be returned to where it stood when a landmark 2015 deal was struck with world powers.

“A country enriching at 60 percent is a very serious thing — only countries making bombs are reaching this level,” International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Wednesday and cited by the Reuters News Agency.

“Sixty percent is almost weapons-grade, commercial enrichment is 2, 3 [percent],” he said. “This is a degree that requires a vigilant eye.”

ael Kills Hamas Commander Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir, IDF SaysBy Tim Pearce

Israel has killed a top Hamas commander in a strike against the terror group.

“We just killed the commander of the Hamas anti-tank missile unit, Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir. He was in charge of carrying out anti-tank missile attacks on Israel. Our aircraft are currently striking additional terror targets in Gaza,” the Israel Defense Force tweeted Tuesday while carrying out attacks in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Military Retaliates To Hamas Rocket Fire On JerusalemBy Behold Israel, May 10, 2021

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has retaliated to Hamas rocket fire on Israel’s capital city; As the conflict between both parties continues to escalate on Monday, the IDF has also killed multiple known Terrorists in Gaza.

Hamas, backed by the Iranian regime and oversees Gaza, fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Monday while the Jewish state prepared to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day). While the typical hotspot for Hamas’ rocket fire is in southern Israel, the terror proxy targeted Israel’s capital city on Monday evening. 

Throughout the Muslim observance of Ramadan, tension has been on the rise between Palestinians and the Jewish community, including the police. However, the decision to fire rockets at Jerusalem was met with no small consequence, as multiple Israel response attacks have already occurred, with many to follow. The IDF specifically targeted multiple known terrorists in Gaza, eliminating them, and carried out several airstrikes on other Hamas targets.

Netanyahu said, “We will not tolerate an attack on our territory, in our capital, on our citizens and soldiers. Whoever attacks us will pay a heavy price.”

Netanyahu also stated, “We are in a struggle on several fronts: In Jerusalem, Gaza and other places in Israel. The terrorist groups in Gaza crossed a red line on the eve of Jerusalem Day, a red line, and attacked us with rockets on the outskirts of Jerusalem.”

Rocket fired continued from Gaza in the hours to come, though Israel’s Iron Dome would intercept most of the projectiles. Tel Aviv would eventually open all of its bomb shelters as well, following an announcement from Hamas that it would begin targeting the major city.

Furthermore, the Palestinians lit a tree on fire in Jerusalem via fireworks.

Later into the evening on Monday, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) conducted a large-scale attack in Gaza on more military targets.

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Iranian Factory Near Qom Faces Significant Explosion by Behold Israel

A chemical factory in central Iran experienced a massive explosion on Sunday, resulting in the arrival of well over a dozen firefighting vehicles; The source of the explosion remains unknown.

Qom, located in central Iran, was rocked by a massive explosion on Sunday in one of its chemical factories, resulting in the injury of at least two firefighters. Reports indicate that upwards of 20 fire engines had to arrive on the scene to help put out the fire, consisting of approximately 150 firefighters. The particular site of interest is the Movaledan chemical factory.

According to one representative from the fire department, two of the fire engines involved caught fire following multiple explosions that occurred. Online video showed how dark smoke filled the sky in the immediate area. One of two firefighters injured in Sunday’s event remains in critical condition.

Initial reports revealed that the cause of the blast remains unknown, much like the series of explosions and fires that took place throughout the Islamic Republic in the summer of 2020. Sunday’s explosion took place during a time when tensions are on the rise between Iran and Israel. Iran blamed Israel for the series of explosions that occurred last year.

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Russian warplanes buzzing Alaska at highest rate since collapse of Soviet Union

(THE SUN UK) – The U.S. Air Force is seeing the “highest activity” of Russian aircraft over Alaska since the Cold War, a top U.S. commander has said. The increased military activity in the area is attributed to Russia’s expanding activities, according to Air Force generals. Top U.S. commander, Air Force Lt. Gen. David Krumm,…

Source: Russian warplanes buzzing Alaska at highest rate since collapse of Soviet Union

Dozens Killed In Northern Israel Amid Civilian Stampede On Lag BaOmerBy Behold Israel, Apr 30, 2021

Several members of the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community were killed on Friday during a religious gathering for Lag BaOmer; Well over 100 others were injured during the catastrophe; PM Netanyahu has marked Sunday as a day of mourning.

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community faced a tragedy on Friday when a massive gathering for Lag BaOmer took a turn for the worst. The incident took place in northern Israel’s Mount Meron, where it’s estimated that nearly 100,000 people showed up for the event. At least one source said that the site was only capable of hosting 25,000.

The incident, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “terrible disaster,” occurred when a stampede occurred after an overwhelming amount of people collapsed down a narrow passageway consisting of slippery metal stairs. One report revealed that the barriers put in place created a hindrance for people to escape the catastrophe quickly. However, as mentioned above, the amount of people on-site was far beyond what the location could handle.

Friday morning’s disaster took place in the men’s corridor of the facility. Children are among those killed. Many of those who died still await identification.

Netanyahu said, “There were heartbreaking scenes here. People who were crushed to death, including children. Many of the dead have yet to be identified, and I ask not to spread rumors on social networks because it breaks the families’ hearts. Let the authorities work.”

Netanyahu and many others gave blood on Friday to help the injured.

The holiday observance was the first large religious gathering since the Jewish state removed several longstanding COVID restrictions.