Developments suggest this isn’t just a simple skirmish in Syria. Russia is getting drawn in, so is Hezbollah in Lebanon. Here’s a critical update…
Our coverage from the last 48 hours (Chronological order of events):
- President Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear “Deal”
- Israel engages in preventive air strikes against the Syrian Army and Iranian positions inside Syria
- Iran says it won’t back down from the military build-up in Syria after the attacks from Israel reportedly kill 15 people including 8 Iranians
- Iran and Israel exchange mortar shelling and air strikes
- Now reports are coming in of downed Israeli war planes and dead Russian soldiers
There has been an important (albeit ‘unconfirmed’) bulletin on the Hal Turner Radio Show:
UPDATE 1:02 AM EDT THURSDAY 10 MAY — REPORTS OF AT LEAST TWO ISRAELI WAR PLANES SHOT DOWN OVER SYRIA (See Bottom Updates)
AT LEAST TWO RUSSIAN MILITARY MEMBERS KILLED BY ISRAELI AIR STRIKES IN SYRIA! ONE SPETZNAZ, AND ONE REGULAR RUSSIAN ARMY. ISRAEL HAS DRAWN FIRST-BLOOD FROM RUSSIA. 6:45 PM EDT
The mass-media is absolutely failing to cover this story, and when any of them DO, the only thing being reported is that “Iran launches 20 missiles into Israel from Syria.” There is almost TOTAL omission of the fact that Israel started this by firing tank and artillery shells at the Syrian Army and the Iranians inside Syria. When the Iranians fired BACK, Israel is calling THAT “an attack.”
Israeli Cabinet in Emergency Meeting DECLARATION OF WAR “LIKELY”
Syrian Army 4th Division Base struck by multiple Israeli missiles.
Israel says they are primarily striking at IRANIAN targets inside Syria but are engaging all “hostiles.”
UNCONFIRMED — UNCONFIRMED reports Syrians may have shot down an Israeli war plane. UNCONFIRMED
SEVERAL “DIVISION 4” POSITIONS DESTROYED TONIGHT. DIVISION 4 NEAR DAMASCUS IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST OF THE SYRIAN ARAB ARMY.
RUSSIAN JETS TAKEOFF FROM HMEYMIM AIR FORCE BASE TO CONFRONT ISRAELI JETS OVER LEBANON!
Electricity completely out in all of Damascus. Population fleeing in panic.
Wave after Wave of Israeli missiles seem to be overwhelming Syrian defenses. Several Syrian Air Defense sites destroyed and several others now with destroyed RADAR.
UPDATE 1:02 AM EDT —
SECOND REPORT OF “MULTIPLE” ISRAELI WAR PLANES SHOT DOWN — AT LEAST TWO ACCORDING TO REPORTS.
Hezbollah in Lebanon says it is deciding whether or not to attack Israel from Lebanon.
UPDATE 1:10 AM EDT THURSDAY 10 MAY 2018 —
Israeli military briefing says 35+ sites inside Syria attacked including Iranian sites and Syrian anti-aircraft batteries. “We warned the Syrian Army to stay out of this.”
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This is a different story than what IDF has re-Tweeted:
The IDF has struck dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria in response to the Iranian rocket attack against Israel. Quds force is behind attack and has played the initial price. IDF remains ready for various scenarios but does not seek to escalate the situation. pic.twitter.com/4rC8gHK2LG
— Jonathan Conricus (@LTCJonathan) May 10, 2018
Of course, to be taken with a grain of salt as the situation has already “escalated”.
All news, both official and unofficial, both confirmed and unconfirmed, should be taken with a grain of salt until they can be properly understood. Often times, what is claimed is not what happened, and what happened is not claimed.
That’s just par for the course.
As usual, here’s a round up of the latest Twitter feeds:
— Russia in RSA 🇷🇺 (@EmbassyofRussia) May 10, 2018
Some rabbit hole stuff about the geo-politics about Golan Heights:
The M$M continue to cover up that Israel illegally granted exclusive drilling rights to the large oil & gas reserves in the illegally occupied Golan Heights to Genie Energy.
Genie Energy’s major owners include Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney & Jacob Rothschild.#Syria pic.twitter.com/6XthlUDPDS
— Ian56 (@Ian56789) May 10, 2018
Which is actually verified on Genie Strategic Advisory Board website.
List of targets in last night’s Israeli air strikes in #Syria
(most, if not all, controlled by #Iran)
– Mezze Air Base, S of Damascus
– Shayrat Air Base
– Kholkhola Air Base
– IRGC base in Kiswah, 50 km from Golan Heights
– Zabaltani (Trade Tower)
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) May 10, 2018
It gets even weirder, because Israeli PM Netanyahu and Russian President Putin met just yesterday in Russia.
Earlier Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Victory Day, which marks the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany.
In a bilateral meeting after the celebrations, Netanyahu said that Israel has the “obligation and right to defend itself against Iranian aggression, from Syrian territory. They are trying to transfer forces and deadly weapons there with the explicit goal of attacking the State of Israel. Certainly, it is Israel’s right to take such steps as necessary to defend itself against this aggression.”
Putin, as one of the few leaders who has good relations and significant influence with both Israel and Iran, urged restraint.
“The situation, unfortunately, is very acute. I want to hope that we will be able not only to discuss with you, but also to look for solutions that would soften the situation,” said Putin.
Russia and Israel coordinate their actions within Syria for the purpose of deconfliction. According to Conricus, Israel notified Russia before carrying out the overnight strikes.
Russian and Iranian intervention in Syria’s long-running civil war helped tilt the balance of power back towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Israel has often reiterated one of its red lines that it will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria.
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U.S. Army Iraq War Combat Veteran Paul “Half Dollar” Eberhart has an AS in Information Systems and Security from Western Technical College and a BA in Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Paul dived into gold & silver in 2009 as a natural progression from the prepper community. He is self-studied in the field of economics, an active amateur trader, and a Silver Bug at heart.