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Russian Military Tu-154 Aircraft with 91 On Board Disappears En Route to Syria

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

A Tupolev Tu-15 three-engine medium-range narrow-body aircraft belonging to the Russian Defense Ministry disappeared from the radar after its takeoff at 2:40 GMT from Sochi, a Russian city on the Black Sea, where it had stopped to refuel, Russian media reported Sunday. There were 91 people on board, including 83 passengers and eight crew members.

The Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement saying “hull fragments of the Tu-154 plane operated by the Defense Ministry have been found about 1.5 km off the Black Sea coast of Sochi at a depth of 50-70 meters.”

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the passengers were musicians of the Alexandrov Ensemble, the official choir of the Russian Armed Forces and crews from media outlets Channel One Russia and Zvezda.

Aircraft was en route to the Russian base in Latakia, Syria. “The aircraft departed to Latakia and then disappeared from the radar,” a source in regional emergency services told TASS.

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IDF Officials: Hezbollah Took American APCs From Lebanese Army

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Senior IDF officials have informed the United States that the Hezbollah terrorist organization is using American armored personnel carriers while fighting in Syria.

Photographs of the APCs, supplied by the U.S. to the Lebanese Army, were seen posted to the internet while being paraded by Hezbollah guerrilla fighters in Syria.

Israeli military officials say it is clear that the APCs were taken from the Lebanese armed forces.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Prepares for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The IDF is preparing to deal with unconventional threats on Israel’s northern border, including those involving nuclear, biological and chemical warfare.

The “Yahalom” Special Operations Engineering Unit has established the new Seyfan company for this purpose, which last week joined the unit for its first training exercise.

Another new company is to be established next year, according to military sources. At that time, Yahalom is expected to move from its base near Petach Tikvah to Camp Julis in southern Israel.

Military forces fighting on behalf of the Syrian government have been cited numerous times for their use of chemical weapons against the civilian Syrian population during the ongoing civil war across Israel’s northern border.

In addition, there has been recent evidence that the Islamic State (Da’esh or ISIS) terrorist organization may also have begun using chemical weapons in some of their operations as well. As early as 2015, ISIS was trafficking in chemical weaponry in Europe, according to a European Union parliamentary report.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Says Israel Will Accept Wounded Syrians From Aleppo

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is willing to accept wounded Syrian civilians who are casualties from the horrific clashes in Aleppo.

The prime minister tweeted a series of statements on his Twitter account late Tuesday night in response to questions during a gaggle in Jerusalem at the annual winter holiday toast for the foreign media corps.

“I’ve asked the Foreign Ministry to expand our medical assistance to civilian casualties of the Syrian tragedy, specifically in Aleppo,” Netanyahu said. “We’re prepared to take in wounded women and children, and also non-combatant men.

“We’d like to bring them to Israel, to our hospitals, as we’ve treated thousands of Syrian civilians. We’re looking for ways to do this,” he added.

Israel opened a field hospital in the Golan Heights to provide medical treatment to wounded Syrians several years after the start of the Syrian civil war, which began in March 2011, as the so-called Arab Spring swept across the Middle East.

Some of the more seriously wounded Syrians — including children — who cannot be treated within the confines of that environment are transferred to hospitals within Israel until their health improves.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Joins Worldwide Condemnations of Killing of Russia’s Envoy to Turkey

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Monday night condemning the assassination of Russia’s envoy to Turkey, and warning the attack served as a reminder of the need to rein in the forces of planetary terror.

“Israel condemns the brutal assassination of Ambassador Andrey Karlov this evening in Ankara,” Netanyahu said. “We send our deepest condolences to his family and to the Russian people. The murder of a diplomat serves as a stark reminder of the need for the civilized world to come together in fighting the forces of terrorism.”

The U.S. State Department said in its own statement, “We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source.”

Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot in the back at point-blank range at least eight times by an off-duty Turkish riot police officer named Mevlut Mert Altintas.

Turkey’s Interior Ministry said Altintas was born in 1994 in Aydin and graduated from Izmir police academy. Security officials confirmed he used a police ID to enter the art gallery. “It has saddened us and our people. I offer my condolences to the Russian federation and the Russian people,” Suleyman Soylu, the Turkish interior minster, told reporters.

Several other people were also shot and wounded in the attack. Altintas was eventually shot and killed by Turkish security forces.

The attack took place was the ambassador was speaking at the opening of an art exhibition in the Turkish capital.

Altintas is seen in the video yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great, in Arabic), and then saying in Turkish, “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secure, you won’t enjoy security. Only death can take me from here. Everyone who is involved in this suffering will pay a price.”

According to Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, he also shouted in Arabic, We are the one who pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to wage jihad.”

Several other people were also shot and wounded in the attack. Altintas was eventually shot and killed by Turkish security forces.

The attack took place was the ambassador was speaking at the opening of an art exhibition in the Turkish capital.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on national television Monday night that the assassination was intended to drive a wedge between Ankara and Moscow in order to disrupt diplomatic relations.

“The crime that was committed is without doubt a provocation aimed at disrupting the normalization of Russian-Turkish relations and disrupting the peace process in Syria that is being actively advanced by Russia, Turkey and Iran,” he said. “There can be only one answer to this – stepping up the fight against terrorism, and the bandits will feel this.” He added that a investigation team would be sent to Ankara to “know who directed the hand of the killer.”

Hana Levi Julian

Top Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Violates International Travel Ban

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Exactly as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned, Iranian leaders are ignoring the “red lines” drawn around the JCPOA nuclear deal with the six world leaders, signed in Vienna in July 2015.

The latest violation involves a travel ban imposed on top Iranian Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, who was photographed while touring Aleppo in Syria this past weekend.

He’s the general who leads Iranian operatives around the world, and according to the Washington Free Beacon, is also “directly responsible for the deaths of … many hundreds of Americans.”

Soleimani heads the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, which has provided major military guidance, backup and support to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in addition to directly intervening in Iraq — and in Yemen.

Congressional and foreign policy sources told the Free Beacon that Obama Administration officials are working the back channels to prevent any new sanctions against Iran, “because they know that would force them to take action against Iran, and then Iran would walk away from the [nuclear] deal.

“Now they’re ignoring even old sanctions against the Iranians. They’ll do anything to keep the Iranians in the deal for just a couple more weeks, so they can blame the inevitable collapse on Trump,” the Free Beacon was told, according to a report posted Monday, Dec. 19.

At a briefing with journalists also Monday, State Department spokesperson John Kirby acknowledged Soleimani’s visit to Syria was a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution that governs the nuclear deal. But he took refuge in simply reflecting the question, and thereby ducking the need to give any answer.

“We do intend to consult with our partners on the Security Council about how to address our concerns with this,” he said.

“We’ve long said that Iran needs to choose whether it’s going to play a positive role in helping peacefully resolve conflicts, such as in Syria, or whether it will choose to prolong them.

“And you’re absolutely right, his travel was a violation.”

Hana Levi Julian

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri Leads 30-Minister Government

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri launched a new 30-minister government on Sunday, one that ranged from one end of the political spectrum to the other and included all parties with the exception of the right-wing Christian Phalangists. The latter rejected the minister of state portfolio it was offered.

“This is a government of entente,” Hariri said, after six weeks of hard work forming the new coalition following the election of President Michel Aoun.

Hariri, 46, is not a supporter of Iranian-backed Shi’ite Hezbollah, some members of which have been accused of involvement in the 2005 murder of his father, also a prime minister of Lebanon. But a return to power required him to support the Hezbollah candidate for the presidency – Aoun – and to at least tolerate two ministers from the terrorist organization.

The prime minister is also an opponent of Syria and any meddling or other influence from the regime of its President Bashar al-Assad, “spillover” or other “negative consequences” from its savage civil war, AFP reported.

New portfolios in the government include an anti-corruption ministry and a first-time minister of state for women’s affairs.

Hana Levi Julian

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