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US Group Says Nukes At Incirlik Air Base At Risk of Seizure by Turkey Government

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

A Washington DC think tank has warned in a new report that American nuclear weapons stored at the Incirlik air base in southeastern Turkey are at risk of being seized by the Ankara government.

That is the conclusion reached by the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan Washington DC think tank dedicated to promoting “global peace and economic prosperity.”

The claim was made in a report issued by the group on Monday, entitled “B61 Life Extension Program: Costs and Policy Consideration.”

“Whether the U.S. could have maintained control of the weapons in the event of a protracted civil conflict in Turkey is an unanswerable question,” the center maintained in its report.

According to co-author Lacie Heeley, “it’s a roll of the dice to continue to have approximately 50 of America’s nuclear weapons stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.

“There are significant safeguards in place… But safeguards are just that, they don’t eliminate risk,” she told the AFP news agency. “In the event of a coup, we can’t say for certain that we would have been able to maintain control.”

In response, the Pentagon said in a statement, “We do not discuss the location of strategic assets. “The [Department of Defense] has taken appropriate steps to maintain the safety and security of our personnel, their families, and our facilities, and we will continue to do so.”

Thousands of members of the judiciary, police and military have been arrested in an ongoing purge taking place in the wake of a failed coup attempt in Turkey last month.

The government is also continuing its media crackdown on news outlets that appear to be critical of its policies in any way.

Authorities ordered the closing of 45 newspapers, 23 radio stations, 16 television channels and three news agencies this month. Arrest warrants were issued for 47 former employees and executives of Zaman, a media group accused of links to Fethullah Gulen, an elderly Turkish Islamic cleric in self-imposed exile in the United States.

Hana Levi Julian

New Book Draws Parallels Between Cold War and Israel, Iran, Nuclear Tensions

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

History doesn’t need to repeat itself – not when leaders and citizens understand and apply the lessons of the past. That’s the position of information systems expert, researcher and author Ozzie Paez. His recently published “Decision Making in a Nuclear Middle East” uses the Cold War as a template for understanding the risks of nuclear conflict in the Middle East if Iran becomes a nuclear power.

“The Cold War was not as ‘cold’ as many remember,” explains Paez. “More than once, the world came to the brink of catastrophe. Military and political leaders routinely made decisions in environments of high uncertainty, sometimes taking reckless risks with the lives of millions. Even lower ranking military officers sometimes faced tough decisions that could have led to a nuclear exchange. If you are among the many, including politicians, academics and policy makers, who believe that the Cold War turned out as it was destined and that history suggests a similar outcome for a nuclear Middle East, then this book should give you pause.”

Decision Making in a Nuclear Middle East: Lessons from the Cold War (PRNewsFoto/Ozzie Paez)

Decision Making in a Nuclear Middle East: Lessons from the Cold War

Amazon reviewer M E Niehoff agrees with Paez’s analysis, comparing the mutual deterrence mindset of the USSR and USA during the cold war and the “spatial and timing realities of a nuclear conflict in the Middle East. He concludes (and I agree),” Niehoff notes, “that mutual deterrence is not a valid concept for the Middle East. … It appears that unless current nuclear armed countries come together and take a unified hard line against nuclear proliferation in the world (probably very unlikely), eventual nuclear conflict may be inevitable.”

“Decision Making in a Nuclear Middle East” takes an “operational” view of history, and includes documents and interviews with key players from the Cold War. With the release of many classified materials from that era, it’s now possible to objectively assess the conditions and decision making processes behind pivotal nuclear crisis in hot spots like Korea, Berlin and Cuba.  They can help us put in context the emerging nuclear standoff in the Middle East and its implications for millions of lives in the region and beyond.

Amazon reviewer Ben Gilad notes that, “Ozzie’s analysis of the nuclear Middle East is based on a novel application of ‘benchmarking’ – a technique used in business to compare best practices. Dissecting the Soviet-US Cold War nuclear deterrence history with great clarity. … Paez shows how fickle and unreliable mutual deterrence can be in the Middle East context. This is one of […] if not the most insightful, concise, clear-eyed analysis I’ve read about the Middle East’s fragile balance of power.”

Paez is also the author of “Going Nuclear: The Influence of History and Hindsight on the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations.” His upcoming book, “Informed Decision Makers—And Other Myths and Fallacies,” will address informed decisions across time and industries to illustrate the challenges and possibilities inherent to information driven environments.

David Israel

Prime Minister Netanyahu: “We Will Not Allow Iran To Have Nuclear Weapons”

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – After the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated on Saturday that Iran has made all the necessary steps to fully implement the international nuclear agreement with the P5 +1 countries, both the US and EU removed previously imposed sanctions on Iran.

During a meeting with his cabinet earlier this morning, Prime Minister Netanyahu made it clear that Israel would still continue to closely monitor Iran’s activities.

“Pursuant to the nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel will continue to monitor all international violations by Iran including the nuclear deal, the agreement on ballistic missiles and terrorism,” said Israel’s Prime Minister.

“Israel’s policy was and continues to remain exactly as it was, not to allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,” added Netanyahu.

The Israeli prime minister also spoke of the need for the international community to reenact sanctions against Iran in light of any action by Iran that violates the international agreement on its nuclear enrichment program.

“The international community must impose severe, hard sanctions for each violation,” stressed Israel’s Prime Minister. “If it had not been for our efforts to move ahead with the sanctions and to stop Iran’s nuclear program, then Iran would have already had nuclear weapons.”

A “snapback” provision in the Iran nuclear agreement allows for the P5+1 countries to automatically re-impose sanctions on Iran in response to any Iranian violation of the nuclear agreement. However, critics doubt the usefulness of such a provision, arguing that the “snapback” process is both convoluted and vague.

Netanyahu also addressed terror threats emanating from Iran’s continued aggression in the region.

“What is clear is that Iran will now have more means to turn to its terrorist activity and aggression in the region and the world, and Israel is prepared to handle any threat,” Netanyahu stated.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Former IDF Intelligence Chief Urges US, Israel, to Hinder Iran’s Nuclear Expansion

Monday, October 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) Maj. General (res.) Amos Yadlin, Director of The Institute for National Security Studies and former head of IDF Military Intelligence called on the US and Israel to continue pursuing their original goal of blocking Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon, following the implementation of its nuclear deal with the West.

Speaking to more than 1,300 Israeli Americans from around the US, at a panel discussion of “Post Iran Deal – A New Era” at the 2nd Annual National Israeli-American Conference in Washington, Yadlin said: “The deal is a catastrophe but it is done and unfortunately the issue is not going away. How do we go forward to deal with the deal?”

Yadlin said Israel must work with the Administration parallel to the existing deal. “We need to plan to confront nuclear and non-nuclear issues,” he reiterated. “Iran continues to send weapons to Hezbollah, Hamas and Assad in Syria. It is imperative that the breach with the US is healed in order to control Iran’s activities that continue to create chaos throughout the region.”

Yadlin added, “We must never lose sight of the fact that when the 15-year term of the Iran deal ends, Iran may very well have an unlimited stockpile of centrifuges.”

General Yadlin emphasized that both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama—as well as Obama’s successor—must use the next five years to prevent Iran’s empowerment. The new deal should be based on a strong defense package to equip Israel to cope with the fallout of the current deal.

Yadlin’s appearance followed an evening featuring speeches from Israel’s Leader of the Opposition MK Itzhak Herzog, Israel’s US Ambassador Ron Dermer, and Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked.

Ambassador Dermer said, “With the nuclear deal now moving ahead, Israel is also moving ahead, hoping to forge a common policy with the United States to address the continuing dangers posed by Iran.”

Dermer outlined areas where Israel will seek to cooperate with the US to counter the Iranian threat, including working together to ensure that Iran is complying with all its nuclear obligations, confront and roll back Iran’s aggression in the region, and tear down Iran’s global terror networks.

Udi Segal, senior diplomatic correspondent for Israel’s Channel 2 News, warned that “Israel cannot sit on its hands and wait. The US and Israel share values and both sides need to realize that we need each other and that we have common interests.”

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Secure in Nuclear Deal, Iran Boasting New generation of Long-Range Missiles

Friday, October 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force, announced this week Iran’s plans to replace its solid and liquid fuel long-range missiles with a new generation next year, FARS reported. Hajizadeh said on Wednesday that “a new and advanced generation of liquid and solid fuel long-range missiles will replace the current productions next year.”

Hajizadeh said that Iran is now designing and building different types of long-range, mid-range and short-range missiles, adding, “We are not concerned even an iota about the enemies’ new and most advanced generation of satellites and espionage and offensive devices and equipment.”

“The missiles in various ranges are mounted on the launchers in all bases and [are] ready to be launched,” Hajizadeh said, while the FARS video showed an underground facility which, according to Hajizadeh, was only one of “numerous missile bases” scattered across the country.

Noting that all US military bases in the Middle East are within the range of the IRGC’s missiles, Hajizadeh insisted that Iran will never initiate a war, but warned that “any mistake by the enemies will trigger eruption of missiles from bases deep under the ground like eruptions of volcano which will destroy the enemy.”

The release of the new footage came a few days after Iran reported test-firing a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles. The test was in violation of the UNSC sanctions, but not, as the US Administration insisted, in violation of the nuclear agreement.

Iran’s new generation missile

Iran’s new generation missile

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Russia-Linked Gangs Trying to Smuggle Deadly Radiation Material to ISIS

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Russia-linked smugglers have been trying — and may have succeeded — in smuggling deadly radioactive material to Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, according to the Associated Press.

Investigators in Moldova shared with the AP files concerning four busts over the past five years.

The most recent known case was last February, when a smuggler was looking for a buyer from ISIS to purchase a quantity of cesium, a deadly radioactive material, that AP reported was “enough to contaminate several city blocks.”

One of the gang members told the Moldova undercover agent, whom he thought could sell the radioactive material to the ISIS:

You can make a dirty bomb, which would be perfect for the Islamic State. If you have a connection with them, the business will go smoothly.

The smugglers are criminal gangs, some of which have ties with the Russian intelligence agency.

The Moldovan investigators, who were assisted by the FBI, often smashed the rings after samples of nuclear material had been obtained but before they could catch the ringleaders, who were able to escape with the radioactive material that ISIS wants to wreak more destruction.

The investigators infiltrated into smuggling gangs, using a Mercedes-Benz and high-tech equipment supplied in part by the FBI.

Matthew Bunn, a Harvard University professor who led a secret study for the Clinton administration on the security of Russia’s nuclear arsenal, told AP:

In the age of the Islamic State, it’s especially terrifying to have real smugglers of nuclear bomb material apparently making connections with real buyers.

One bust in 2011 led investigators to a group that was headed by a man whom authorities believe is an officer with what used to be known as the KGB and now is called FSB.

Wiretapped conversations revealed that the gang sought an ISIS buyer “because they will bomb the Americans.”

One of the investigators told AP:

We can expect more of these cases. As long as the smugglers think they can make big money without getting caught, they will keep doing it.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

The Experts Were Wrong, Iran Strikes Vast Uranium Reserves

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

(JNi.media) Iran has discovered high reserves of uranium at a new mine, which it will soon begin to extract, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday, according to IRNA.

“I cannot announce [the size] Iran’s uranium mine reserves,” Salehi said, noting “the important thing is that before aerial prospecting for uranium ores we were not too optimistic, but the new discoveries have made us confident about our reserves.”

Back in 2009, Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency officially announced there were some 400 uranium mines in operation nationwide. Official Iranian sources back then reported more than 36,000 tons in uranium reserves in those mines.

However, according to Reuters, some Western analysts have said Iran had a low supply of uranium, suggesting that, were it to pursue an aggressive nuclear program, it “would sooner or later would need to import uranium.”

According to a 2009 report of the Institute for Science and International Security, for instance, “Iran could be close to exhausting its supply of uranium oxide while lacking the adequate resources to sustain indigenous commercial-scale uranium processing and enrichment.”

A 2013 Carnegie Endowment and Federation of American Scientists report said the scarcity and low quality of Iran’s uranium resources forced it “to rely on external sources of natural and processed uranium,” stating that “Iran’s estimated uranium endowments are nowhere near sufficient to supply its planned nuclear program.”

Salehi said uranium extraction is starting soon at a new mine in the central province of Yazd, according to IRNA.

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