- MARCH 20, 2021Iran, Russia and Turkey signal growing alliancePresidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Ankara, Turkey April 4, 2018 (photo credit: UMIT BEKTAS / REUTERS)Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was very content during a trip to Turkeyon Friday. He said it was productive and smiled alongside his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. He said it was a “wonderful” trip where he spoke with his “brother Cavusoglu.”The trip signals the growing alliance that Turkey and Iran have in the region.Zarif said: “As before, constructive engagement on bilateral and regional issues. Ultimate aim: Apply Iran and Turkey’s experience of 400 years of peace to our region. Together, anything is possible.”
- taken from Koenig’s Eye View https://watch.org/
For Americans used to having the biggest and most modern military forces in the world, it is humbling to realize that China’s Navy is now the world’s largest. It has been for some time. The U.S. Navy may still rule the oceans, but China rules the vital trade routes in the South China Sea.
Pentagon planners know this and have called out China’s work on building both capital ships and the swarms of smaller escort vessels that will project the dragon’s breath across those critical trade routes for years to come.
The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is building their capability to control and possibly interdict shipping from other Asian nations, mostly as an economic and political lever.
China means to threaten the economic security of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and others. America must remain resolute in the face of this build-up in order to maintain freedom of commerce in the Asian seas.
The Israel Defense Forces is drawing up plans for an attack on Iran’s nuclear program, the Israel Hayom daily reported Thursday in a front-page article.
The newspaper said that IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi has asked for three alternate proposals to derail Tehran’s program, without elaborating on them. It only indicated one of the proposals is a military strike, noting that such a plan would require a significant budgetary boost for the Israeli military.
Iran resumed enriching uranium to 20 percent last week, well in excess of the threshold set out in its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and a short technical jump from the 90% level of enrichment needed to produce weapons.
https://watch.org/ The Koenig’s Eye View
A group of 150 Democrats in the US House of Representatives has signed a letter calling on US President-elect Joe Biden to “swiftly” re-enter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
In the Dec. 23 letter, they wrote that “diplomacy is the best path to halt and reverse Iran’s nuclear program, decrease tensions in the region and facilitate our nation’s reincorporation into the international community. We are united in our support for swiftly taking the necessary diplomatic steps to restore constraints on Iran’s nuclear program and return both Iran and the United States to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a starting point for further negotiations.”The signees claim that the agreement “verifiably constrained Iran’s nuclear program until after the United States’ unilateral withdrawal.” per Koenig Eye View https://watch.org/
The leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) warned that the killing of Iran’s lead nuclear scientist nearly two weeks ago is only causing the regime to further plot against its ‘sworn enemies.’
Hossein Salami, the current leader of the IRGC, spoke recently concerning the killing of Iran’s head nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and what Iran’s sworn enemies can expect in response. Fakhrizadeh was killed nearly two weeks ago east of Tehran at the hands of Israel’s Mossad. However, in his recent address, Salami did not specifically name the Jewish State.
In a recent speech, Salami stated, “Iran’s sworn enemies should know that the Shahids are our burning flames, we will continue on the path they have laid out before us, we will not stop.”
A Shahid is an Islamic martyr.
He continued his statement by claiming that Iran knows that its enemies are “waiting in fear,” knowing that the Islamic Republic will strike at the proper time. He added that Iran’s enemies would be wise to acknowledge that the regime grows whenever a martyr takes place.
As they have for a significant amount of time, Israel warned of its readiness to confront Iranian aggression. Israel has been very active in the prevention of Iranian entrenchment inside of Syria, especially in the last 12 months.
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The southern town of Sderot Sunday night was enjoying its first entertainment, a drive-in movie show, since the outbreak of the coronavirus, when a red alert signaling an incoming Palestinian rocket from the Gaza Strip and explosions sent them running for shelter. No one was hurt but many of the parked vehicles were damaged by falling shrapnel from the rocket’s interception by an Iron Dome. The attack coincided with the changing of the Gaza division’s command: Brig..Nimrod Aloni took over from Brig. Eliezer Toledano.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is believed responsible for the rocket fire in revenge for Israel’s targeted assassination its leader Al Atta last November.
Earlier this month, Russia tested an object with the capabilities of targeting satellites in space.
The United States and United Kingdom on Thursday accused Russia of conducting a test on a space-based anti-satellite weapon earlier this month.
U.S. Space Command said it has evidence that Russia conducted a non-destructive test of a space-based anti-satellite weapon on July 15.
The group also said Russia “injected a new object into orbit” from Cosmos 2543, is a satellite that has been in orbit since 2019. It also said the object has the capabilities to target a satellite.
The head of the U.K.’s Space Directorate called on Russia to cease any further testing of this sort, saying that it could “risk causing debris that could pose a threat to satellites and the space systems on which the world depends.”
This marks the first time the United States has accused Russia of testing an “on orbit” weapon, which is a weapon that is based in outer space.
Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, commander of U.S. Space Command and U.S. Space Force chief, said that the Russian satellite system used to conduct the test has been of concern for several months.
“This is further evidence of Russia’s continuing efforts to develop and test space-based systems, and consistent with the Kremlin’s published military doctrine to employ weapons that hold US and allied space assets at risk,” Raymond said.
Russian and Chinese anti-satellite weapons were some of the main reasons that led to the creation of the U.S. military branch focused on space – the Space Force – which Raymond now leads.
Video circulating in local and social media Saturday night show a large fire blazing at an oil pipeline in southern Iran’s Khuzestan Province/ It comes after a series of devastating explosions and fires at Iran’s most sensitive nuclear and other military sites, the latest being fires on seven vessels at the Iranian port of Bushehr. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
There is a lot going on in Iran the past couple of weeks. Not sure who if anyone is doing the damage. The Middle East is the “always on”, hot spot of the world. Iran is coming to the forefront as the nation to watch at the present time. Trouble will always brew in that region. Debka File