21 July 2016

The "Drums" of (Summer) War?

15 Tamuz 5776

If your attention has been redirected by the three-ring circus of Terror Attacks - Politics - Entertainment, you might have missed the really BIG news of the day...


1) N Korea vs. S Korea (and US)

North Korea says missile test simulated attack on South's airfields
North Korea said on Wednesday it had conducted a ballistic missile test that simulated preemptive strikes against South Korean ports and airfields used by the U.S. military, a likely reference to the launches of three missiles on Tuesday.

North Korea restarts coded spy radio broadcasts, South says
Isolated North Korea has restarted coded radio broadcasts, presumed to be targeted at its spies, for the first time in 16 years this month, South Korea says.

The messages, a recording of which was broadcast by South Korean TV channel KBS, were disguised as a mathematics lesson for distance learners and appeared on North Korean radio station Voice of Korea.

...It was not clear whether the signals were meant to deceive or deliver genuine instructions.

2) Russia vs. NATO (Europe and US)

US-NATO Border Confrontation with Russia: Risking Nuclear War

IN EUROPE AND RUSSIA, THERE’S TALK OF WAR
... I ask a Russian employee about the mood in his working class Moscow neighborhood. The old people are buying salt, matches and gretchka [buckwheat], he tells me—the time-worn refuge for Russians stocking up on essentials in case of war.

In the past two months, I’ve traveled to the Baltic region, to Georgia, and to Russia. Talk of war is everywhere.

3) China vs. US

Chinese Admiral Warns of 'Disaster' for US Patrols in South China Sea
In recent months, the Pentagon has launched a number of provocative "freedom of navigation" patrols within the 12-mile territorial limit of China’s land-reclamation projects in the Spratly archipelago.

4) India vs. China


Mechanised Infantry, More Troops, Army's Preparedness For a China Face-Off
All along the 826-kilometre-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) - starting from the Karkoram Pass in the North - the de-facto border between India and China, the Indian military is ramping up.

Numbers of boots on ground have increased exponentially. Soldiers have been pre-positioned along the border. More are expected in the next few months. The ridge lines which often define the claim lines of the two countries are dotted bunkers and gun positions.


5) Israel - US - Iran

As secret accord is revealed, Israel complains: Iran deal ‘intensified’ nuke problem
After newly unearthed ‘add-on’ document shows key constraints will ease in 10 years, Jerusalem officials warn Tehran could ‘produce fuel for many bombs in a very short time’

6) Israel - Hezbollah - Iran

Israel’s Northern Border Heating Up Again
Ten years after the Second Lebanon War, Israel’s northern border is warming up again.

On Monday a code red alarm went off in several communities on the Golan Heights and people had to run to bomb shelters. A short time later Israel Radio Reshet Beth reported that the Israeli army had fired two Patriot missiles at a drone that had infiltrated Israeli airspace on the Golan Heights.

The missiles missed the drone for unknown reasons and so Israeli Air Force jets scrambled to intercept it. But when the warplanes arrived in the border area with Syria, the unmanned plane had disappeared.

...Hezbollah reportedly released a statement saying the unmanned aerial vehicle was “part of an operation against Israel,”....

“Israeli forces claimed that the UAV evaded three attempts at interception by helicopters and air force jets, and dodged Patriot surface-to-aircraft missiles and air-to-air missiles,....

...The reason that the drone evaded interception was that it “used advanced electronic systems from the U.S., based on an American ScanEagle drone intercepted over Iran on December 12, 2012. It’s been reported that cyber warfare specialists from China are responsible for these upgrades,”....

...On Wednesday morning, northern Israel was again attacked, this time from Lebanese territory.

Israel Strikes Back?

Israeli Army Outpost Sustains Cross-border Fire in North
IDF position near Metula fired on with light arms; none hurt, though bullet hit soldier's dog tag, but failed to cause injury.


And that's not even to mention what's happening in Turkey or the precarious situation of the world's economy!