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Analysis: Syria's neighbors may soften sanctions blow ~ link ~ Arab states have landed a hefty blow on Syria's crisis-hit economy by stopping deals with its central bank and halting investment, but unease among Syria's neighbors about the impact of sanctions on their own economies may weaken the impact.

At their meeting in Cairo on Sunday, Arab League foreign ministers also agreed to freeze assets related to President Bashar al-Assad's government and impose a travel ban on top Syrian officials in response to Assad's crackdown on eight months of protests.

Arab sanctions find Syria's seven neighbors on alert: Russian advanced missiles for Assad ~ link ~ Twenty-four hours before the Arab League Sunday, Nov. 27, clamped down sanctions on the Assad regime, the first ever against a member state, the armies of Syria's seven neighbors were already scrambling into position on standby on its borders for acts of retaliation. Military suspense mounted after the Arab League vote to cut off transactions with Syria's central bank, withdraw Arab funding from projects and other painful sanctions over Bashar Assad's refusal to halt his crackdown on protest.    
Debkafile's military sources report Israeli armored brigades pushed forward up to the Lebanese and Syrian borders; Ankara placed three armored brigades, its air force and navy in astate of preparedness, likewise Hizballah and the Lebanese and Jordanian armed forces, while the US and Russia are in the midst of a naval buildup opposite Syrian shores.

Arab League splits delay action on Syria ~ link ~ Arab League divisions over whether to impose further sanctions against Syria were exposed yesterday. A number of neighbouring countries signalled opposition to tougher action against Damascus after it ignored a deadline to allow hundreds of international observers into the country.

Iraq's Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, said yesterday that Baghdad would take no part in Arab League talks in Cairo last night. And Iraq's President, Jalal Talabani, admitted: "We are worried about the alternative. We are afraid that if extremist forces come to power, they would be hostile to democracy, and to Iraq and the Arab League." Foreign ministers are due to meet later today to approve tougher action against Syria, but Mr Zebari admitted that several of Syria's neighbours had reservations about the move.

Pakistan gives America two-week ultimatum to abandon 'secret' airbase and closes border: Hundreds of Afghanistan-bound supply trucks line up as tensions mount ~ link ~ Killing a large nunber of Pakistani troops was either a massive screw-up on NATO's part or a deliberate effort to widen a coming General Middle East War to include Pakistan-China-Afghanistan/Iran/Syria/Lebanon/Gaza/Palestine vs USA/NATO-allies/India/Saudi Arabia-allies/Israel.  The US/allied effort in Afghanistan REQUIRES a vast never-ending stream of logistic support, most of which is land-based and runs through Pakistan.   It cannot be replaced by air supply for any length of time.  Stirling      

Nearly 300 trucks carrying supplies to U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan clogged the Pakistani border crossings Sunday, leaving them vulnerable to militant attack a day after Islamabad closed the frontier in retaliation for coalition airstrikes that allegedly killed 24 Pakistani troops.

As Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani attended the funerals of the victims, including a major, the U.S. sought to minimize the fallout from the crisis, which plunged Washington's already troubled relationship with Islamabad to an all-time low.

Pakistanis denounce US after deadly raid - video ~ link 

Pakistan blocks NATO supply route after deadly raid ~ link ~ Pakistan said Saturday it would block NATO’s supply route into Afghanistan after an air raid near the Afghan border killed at least 26 Pakistani troops. It is the deadliest incident Islamabad has reported in the decade-long US-led war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan to review US and NATO relations ~ link ~ also see ~ link ~ The decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting of senior cabinet ministers and military service chiefs, chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who strongly condemned the strikes, AFP reported.

In the meeting, the Pakistani government also decided to cut supply lines to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Early Saturday, the US-led NATO helicopters targeted two military checkpoints in the Mohmand Agency in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 28 Pakistani soldiers and wounding 15 others.

Pakistan: 23 troops dead in NATO helicopter attack ~ link ~ Pakistan on Saturday accused NATO helicopters and fighter jets of firing on two army checkpoints in the country's northwest and killing 24 soldiers. Islamabad retaliated by closing the border crossings used by the international coalition to supply its troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

The incident before dawn Saturday was a major blow to already strained relations between Islamabad and U.S.-led forces fighting in Afghanistan. It will add to perceptions in Pakistan that the American presence in the region is malevolent, and further fuel resentment toward the weak government in Islamabad for its cooperation with Washington.

NATO air attack on Pakistani troops was self-defense, says senior western official ~ link ~ Sure it was...NOT LIKELY!   Stirling    

The vast bulk of Nato supplies arrive in Afghanistan by trucks that haul equipment up from the port of Karachi to the Khyber Pass, a key crossing point over the mountainous border into Afghanistan.

The shutting down of the border to Nato traffic has happened in the past during periods of Pakistani displeasure with Afghanistan and its foreign backers.

Pakistan stops NATO supplies after deadly raid - with video ~ link ~ Pakistan shut down NATO supply routes into Afghanistan - used for sending in nearly half of the alliance's land shipments - in retaliation for the worst such incident since Islamabad uneasily allied itself with Washington following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Islamabad also said it had ordered the United States to vacate a drone base in the country, but a senior U.S. official said Washington had received no such request and noted that Pakistan had made similar eviction threats in the past, without following through.

Rage grips Pakistan after NATO attack ~ link ~ Fury spread in Pakistan on Sunday over a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and could undermine the U.S. effort to wind up the war in Afghanistan.

On Sunday night in Pakistan, more than 40 hours after the incident, many questions remained.

If Israel fires single missile at Iran ~ link ~ You cannot talk this way to the Israelis.  The nutty extremists in control of the government have a Eastern European Yiddish/Ashkenazi ghetto gangster attitude; only they can have such chutzpah, never the goyim!  This infuriates them as few things do.  Stirling       

A senior military commander says if Israel fires even a single missile at Iranian nuclear facilities, every inch of the entity will be the target of Iran's missiles.

Referring to recent anti-Iran rhetoric by the US and Israel, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani said on Saturday that Iran will not just repel enemy attacks and is capable of countering hostile attempts within enemy territory.

“If Israel fires a missile towards our nuclear or critical facilities, it should know that every inch of Israel including its nuclear centers are a target for our missiles [to hit] and we have this capability today,” the Iranian general said.

“Today, our enemies have reached a dead-end which they cannot escape from and this is why they say things without noticing [they are making] contradictory statements,” ISNA quoted Javani as saying.

“They threaten with military attack which they are incapable of [launching it]… if an entity repeatedly threatens with attack but does not have the capability to carry it out, its threats will be rendered inert,” he added. 

On November 6, Israeli President Shimon Peres threatened that an attack against the Islamic Republic was becoming 'more and more likely.'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Military Affairs Ehud Barak have also reportedly been lobbying the Israeli cabinet to approve of a military strike on Iran.

Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.

Earlier in November, Brigadier General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, who is senior military adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, dismissed Israeli threats saying any act of aggression would receive a response from Iran, Lebanon and Hamas.

Former Mossad Chief Yatom: Israel can't afford NOT to Strike Iran ~ linkHowever a majority of his other former Mossad chiefs (such as Meir Dagan)  disagree most strongly with him, as do many former IDF, Aman (IDF Military Intelligence Corps) and Shin Beth (internal security) chiefs.   Some men are blind to the danger to them and their people, such is how Satan works.  Others see the dangers clearly.  Stirling     

The Begin Sadat Center, a respected think tank based at Bar Ilan University, held a conference on  November 23, 2011 on the subject of  "Israeli Security in a New Regional Envornment", which focused on the so-called "Arab Spring" and its implicatons. Its experts concluded that the  Arab Spring is not going to result in democracy, despite original hopes in the West, and may make things even worse for Israel.

"As steep as the price for hitting Iran may be, a military strike on Iran will be less painful than the cost of living with an Iranian nuclear weapons threat," argues former Mossad head Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Yatom. "The backlash from a strike on Iran's nuclear sites will not be as bad for Israel as will an Iran armed with nuclear weapons," he says. "I don't think that those predicting apocalyptic repercussions of a strike on Tehran are correct, and even if they are, Israel can't afford to wonder if Tehran will go crazy and bomb us."

Iran to hit Turkey if nuclear program targeted by Israel - US general says ~ link ~ also see ~ link ~  Which would bring in all NATO nations' armed forces under treaty obligations!   Stirling       

A senior commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says the country will target NATO's missile defense shield in Turkey if the U.S.¬ or Israel attacks the Islamic Republic.

Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guards' aerospace division, is quoted by the semiofficial Mehr news agency as saying the warning is part of a new defense strategy to counter what it sees as an increase in threats from the U.S.¬ and Israel. 

Syria turns missiles toward Turkey ~ link Turkish sources say that Syria has turned its Russian-made SCUD missiles towards Turkey, Press TV reports.
The sources said that the missiles have been deployed in Syria's Kamisili and Ayn Diwar regions, Press TV's Ankara correspondent reported on Saturday.  The two regions are close to the borders of Turkey and Iraq.

Assad's fall good for Israel ~ link ~ This Israeli site/article fails to consider that "good for Israel" does NOT include triggering a General Middle East War that will destroy Israel!  In Roman days, when a victorious general rode into Rome in a victory parade, he often had a slave speaking into an ear saying, "Those who the gods would destroy, first they make proud."  That is something from history the Israelis should take full note of.   Stirling      

Everyone is talking Iran. Go to any AIPAC meeting and you will hear about Iran, and if Israel's PM speaks publicly he will surely mention Iran.

However, while Syrians unite to fight the regime, and members of the Arab League feel the pressure of the Arab street, China and Russia have shown support for Assad's grip. In early October, Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution blaming the Syrian regime for the escalation of violence. Syria has long been Russian's main ally in the Middle East and Russia maintains a naval base there. China fears instability in a region that sells it oil. Both Russia and China also have important economic and geopolitical interests in Iran and do not want its power diminished.  

On a megalomaniac seeking to detonate the Middle East ~ link In various recent statements, Israel’s Minister of Defense Ehud Barak is desperately pushing ahead for an Israeli attack on Iran. In a recent interview with CNN, he said Iran has fewer than nine months until it produces a nuclear weapon, adding that soon we will reach a situation where nobody will be able to do anything practical about it. In “Hold Me Back,” Shouts Netanyahu, Netanyahu and Barak disclosed themselves as supporting such an attack, while IDF Head of Staff Beni Gantz, Mossad Director Tamir Pardo, Head of Aman (IDF Military Intelligence Corps) Aviv Cochabi and the Head of Shin Beth Yoram Cohen – in other words, Israel’s leading generals - opposed it. Then, in A French Kiss to Netanyahu, it was mentioned that Israeli President Shimon Peres had said that “the military option against Iran is the most probable outcome of the current situation.” With this declaration, the triumvirate of supporters of a military attack on Iran was completed: Netanyahu, Barak and Peres. Days later, Peres typically changed his discourse. Barak didn’t mind that, he kept pushing ahead towards such an attack. Is Barak a good shepherd taking care of sheep about to be slaughtered? Is Barak sincerely attempting to avoid a nuclear holocaust?

France training rebels to fight Syria ~ link According to Milliyet, as cited by IRNA, France has sent its military training forces to Turkey and Lebanon to coach the so-called Free Syrian Army -- a group of defectors operating out of Turkey and Lebanon -- in an effort to wage war against Syria's military.

The report added that the French, British, and Turkish authorities “have reached an agreement to send arms into Syria.”

The Turkish daily said that the three have informed the US about training and arming the Syrian opposition.

According to Milliyet, a group of armed rebels are currently stationed in Turkey's Hatay Province near the border with Syria.

The report comes as an earlier report had revealed that the British and French intelligence agencies have reportedly tasked their agents with contacting Syrian dissidents based in the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli in order to help fuel unrest in Syria. 

The 'Israeli Puppets' against Syria ~ link ~ Turkey’s top daily, Milliyet, has reported that French military forces are training Syrian rebels belonging to the US-Israel sponsored ‘Free Syrian Army’ in Turkey and Lebanon. The daily has also claimed that France, Britain and Turkey have agreed to send arms into Syria to bring a regime change in Damascus.

The Turkish daily also stated that the governments of the three countries have received green light from Washington to support the Syrian rebels in every possible way.

US supercarrier battle group enters Syrian waters, Russian carrier en route ~ link ~ As I reported yesterday, the USS George H. W. Bush supercarrier battle group is taking a port leave in France.  While this is still fairly close to Syria (the other end of the Med), it is NOT still in Syrian waters.  Will the Kuznetzov (Russian carrier) arrive?   Stirling     

The USS George H.W. Bush arrived Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the wake of the three Russian warships anchored earlier opposite Tartus which established a command post in the Syrian port. They will be augmented by Russia's only air carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov, which is due in mid-week.

The Russian Kuznetzov carrier and its accompanying strike vessels will join the three Russian warships parked opposite Tartus for more than a week. It will enter the same Syrian offshore waters as the USS Bush and the US Sixth Fleet, which is permanently posted in the Mediterranean.  

Israel threatens to cut Gaza water and power ~ link ~ That is legally a War Crime under international law!  This is stupid ghetto gangsterism!   Stirling      

Israel has threatened to cut the supply of water and electricity to the Gaza Strip if rival Palestinian movements, Fatah and Hamas, establish a unity government. 
Iran launches three new submarines ~ link ~ While this Israeli site says the subs are very good quality I have my doubts, but they could be.  The "things" that make a submarine an effective fighting force are: stealth, weapon systems, design for fighting in the environment that it is in.  The photo shown is of a very small sub.  However that is not necessarily bad.  The question is, is the sub VERY Quite?  Are the offensive and defensive systems top quality? It does carry the Iranian copy of the Russian VA-111 Shkval supercavitation (rocket) torpedo, the Hoot, which is very fast (300 km/h).  It does appear to be designed for close-in to shore battle in the Persian Gulf and nearby.  Stirling     
Some links on the Ghadir class of Iranian submarines:   Ghadir Class Submarine - Wikipedia ~ link ~ Hoot missile torpedo - Wikipedia ~ link ~ Ghadir Class submarines photos ~ link ~ Current Iranian capabilities ~ link ~ Yono class - Ghadir midget submarine ~ link ~ Ghadir submarine - video ~ link ~ Ghadir class - enotes ~ link 



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