Israel said bracing for direct cruise missile or drone attack by Iran

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Security cabinet to meet next week as Army Radio cites sources saying Tehran may respond to strikes against its regional proxies attributed to Israel Illustrative: Iran says it successfully tested the Hoveizeh cruise missile on February 2, 2019 (Screen grab … Read More

Turkish move into Syria gives Putin a chance to ramp up Middle East role

Analyst: Russia is probably the only player in the room among the grown-ups who can talk with everyone in the room at the same time. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shake hands during their … Read More

Pentagon calls Russia as US announces Syria withdrawal

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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper/ Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ©  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann;  Sputnik/Alexey Druzhinin US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu on Monday, as US President Donald Trump announced the US pullout from northeastern Syria. … Read More

Analysis Why Iran Is Risking a Major Escalation With Israel

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Israel prevented the Iranians from building bases from which to launch attacks against it. But it failed to dislodge them from Syria — and Putin plans to keep it that way. A demonstrator holds a representation of the Israeli flag … Read More

Iran Presence in Iraq Threatens Israel, Security Officials Say

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Reports Tuesday credited Israel with earlier attacks on Iranian targets in Iraq ■ Israeli intelligence says Iran is providing Iraqi militias with missiles more accurate than Hezbollah’s, capable of hitting anywhere in Israel. Location of two reported Israeli strikes against … Read More

Analysis There’s a New Alliance in the Middle East

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Russia, the United States and Israel are uniting against Iran, making it clear to Bashar Assad who will determine the future of the region. Smoke and fire following reported Syrian government forces’ bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun, Idlib, … Read More

Analysis Trump’s Golan Declaration: Blessing for Netanyahu, Message to Russia

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The international response is likely to be weak, and returning the Golan isn’t something most Israelis support. The significance is mostly political, and the timing unsurprising. U.S. President Donald Trump (right) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hug after speaking at … Read More

Russia: Venezuela hasn’t asked for military assistance

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MOSCOW (AP) – A senior Russian diplomat says Venezuela hasn’t asked Russia for military assistance amid the South American country’s political crisis. Alexander Shchetinin, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Latin America department, said Monday that Moscow hasn’t received … Read More

The rocky marriage of convenience between Russia and Iran in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. The tensions between Iran and Russia about Iran’s continued presence and the nature of its activities in Syria are expected to continue and even worsen. (January … Read More

Analysis Iran’s Soleimani Seeks New Balance of Terror With Israel. For Now, He Failed

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Netanyahu and new army chief reap benefits from Syria strikes – but who will sound the alarm bells when Israel approaches the precipice of war? Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Office of the Iranian Supreme Le To get Israel ready for war, … Read More

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