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West failed to depose Erdogan despite openly backing opposition

Pro-US Kilicdaroglu is not expected to win the 2023 Turkish election.


Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher

Although Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in the second round of the presidential election in Turkey is almost assured ahead of the second round of votes, opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, in case of victory, would alter the country’s foreign policy and put the relationship with Russia into a framework that is acceptable to the US. The question surrounding Kilicdaroglu is whether he would introduce sanctions against Russia or turn Turkey away from its newfound independent foreign policy.

Turkey is heading to the second round of the election after Erdogan achieved a better-than-expected result in the polls and has a significant lead over his rival, but not enough to win in the first round. Neither Erdogan nor the opposition candidate received 50 per cent and will face off again on May 28.

The second round was expected, but Erdogan still surprised everyone by achieving a figure of nearly 50 per cent, precisely49.51% against Kilidaroglu’s 44.88%. Erdogan gained much more than the polls gave him credit for. Still, the pollsters often fail, especially in Turkey, because they do not include many groups of people, such as the diaspora, those who work in the state bureaucracy, nationalists, young people, and pensioners.

American President Joseph Biden did not influence the elections in Turkey and to the disappointment of the entire West, who openly expressed dissatisfaction with Erdogan’sincreasingly independent foreign policy. Erdogan is responsible for transforming Turkey from Kemalist ideology to a more Islamist one, and one not entirely beholden to the West, as has been the situation since the country became a NATO member in 1952.

Erdogan’s candidate rival has received much adulation from the West, which is constantly growing and will probably be connected to the constant effort to compromise Russia as an international actor. The current Turkish president never questioned the country’s membership in NATO because he did not want Turkey to be just a regular member of the Alliancebut rather a partner with independent interests that must berespected. This will characterise Ankara’s relations with the West even if Kemal Kilicdaroglu eventually prevails.

Kilicdaroglu’s statements about loyalty to NATO were made only in terms of electoral support because any criticism and belittling of Turkey would not be supported. The opposition leader will have to come to terms with the fact that Turkey is not the same as it was 20 years ago when Erdogan first became ruler of the country, but that now it is an independent regional power and that the Alliance is only one source ofsupport it receives. 

Even supposing that Kilicdaroglu eventually wins the election, he would be advised to maintain many elements of Ankara’s current official policy, such as Turkey’s relationship with the US and not changing military partnerships. Instead, the opposition leader would not help Russia too much to get out of isolation, like the oil hub, and there is still the question of whether he would introduce sanctions because it would becounterproductive for Turkey. 

One of the crucial issues related to these elections is the economic crisis that has hit Turkey. The bad news for Turkey is that inflation is almost 60 per cent, even if a large gas field has been reportedly discovered in the Black Sea.

Erdogan is attempting to remedy this situation, something he has already experienced twice. The main difference, however, is that previous economic crises were not before an election.To try and deal with the economic crisis, he raised the interest rates at which the state borrows money. This means that money was withdrawn from the market, which affected the poor the most. Today, Erdogan is looking for innovative solutions, but people are still determining how it will turn out. 

What is visible is that Kilicdaroglu needs to make a statement on the matter. The political program of the opposition is 250 pages long and full of ambiguities because Islamists, liberals, pro-Kurds, and nationalists are all cooperating. Effectively, the opposition leader can only hope to reach some saving arrangement with the West.

On the eve of the second round, the question arises regardingwhom the third-placed Sinan Ogan will support, especiallysince he received 5.2 percent of the voters’ support in the firstround. Ogan’s family are Azerbaijani, and he is essential in promoting pan-Turanism/Turkism. He also leads the anti-immigrant coalition, so neither Erdogan nor Kilicdaroglu suits him. However, he will have to pivot to one side, and it will be interesting to observe who he chooses.

With Kilicdaroglu representing the West and its interests, Erdogan represents independence and sovereignty to make decisions without interference. It is this dichotomy that Turks must choose between, and for now it seemingly appears that they are once against choosing Erdogan. 

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Sorosites make Armenia’s precarious strategic position much worse

How exactly does Yerevan plan to keep Moscow’s continued support to maintain security in Artsakh and even possibly enter into a conflict with Azerbaijan (and by extension Turkey) while the Sorosites keep making anti-Russian moves is anyone’s guess at this point.

Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

Russians and Armenians have been allies for centuries. Approximately a millennium of Seljuk and Ottoman oppression has essentially destroyed much of Armenia’s magnificent historical heritage. Luckily, it was Russia that saved the Armenian people from complete annihilation. Looking at the map of vast historically Armenian regions (now nearly all controlled by Turkey) and comparing it to modern-day Armenia and Artsakh (better known as Nagorno-Karabakh), it becomes clear that both areas combined are merely a sliver of land in comparison.

However, precisely Russia controlled both territories and prevented the Ottoman and later Kemalist forces from completing the horrendous Armenian genocide that nearly wiped out the Armenian people. This is the reason why Russian protection has been historically crucial for the small country in the volatile South Caucasus region.

Even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenia enjoyed this protection. However, this started changing gradually in 2018, after the so-called “Velvet Revolution”, when the incumbent Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan took power. In the aftermath of what is widely believed to be yet another color revolution backed by the political West, particularly the so-called “philanthropists” such as the infamous George Soros, new authorities started distancing themselves from Russia.

The Armenian people, traditionally pro-Russian, were tricked into believing that the unfortunate color revolution was a true anticorruption uprising. However, it turned out that the real goal was much more sinister and had little to do with combating corruption. The following two years can only be described as a gift to the Neo-Ottoman ambitions of Turkey and Azerbaijan, with disastrous consequences for Armenia proper and Artsakh.

Prior to the 2018 color revolution, Azerbaijan was regularly engaging in skirmishes with the local Artsakh forces in an attempt to “defrost” and escalate the conflict which was more or less frozen since 1994. Each and every time, Russia intervened to prevent such escalation, including in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. However, that year, after Pashinyan took power, he started a campaign of sweeping anti-Russian “reforms” and moves that essentially distanced Moscow and Yerevan.

This included closing down Russian-language schools, as well as openly declared intentions to join the so-called “Euro-Atlantic integrations”, which essentially means joining the European Union and NATO. So, at that point, Russia was faced with a difficult choice – either help its historical ally which was (slowly but surely) turning into anything but, or leave Armenia to its own devices so as not to risk derailing the crucially important rapprochement with Ankara and Baku.

As previously mentioned, the results were catastrophic for Armenia, as Azerbaijan and Turkey coordinated an attack that left most of the territory of Artsakh taken by Azeri forces. However, even in this case, once again it was Russia that prevented the total defeat of Armenian forces after it brokered a peace deal that would stop the war just before Baku took all of Artsakh. Moscow deployed approximately 2000 peacekeepers whose presence is the only de facto security guarantee for the Armenian-populated republic.

And while Pashinyan was trying to blame Russia for his own failures, which includes denouncing Moscow for not going to war with Azerbaijan at the time when not even Armenia proper did, the new authorities allowed the US to drastically enlarge its Yerevan embassy. According to various estimates, this enabled Washington DC to house approximately 2000 people there, including what can only be a substantial number of intelligence operatives hardly amiable toward Russia.

This has been going on for years, particularly after Russia started its counteroffensive against NATO aggression in Europe. The latest anti-Russian move of the Sorosites in power has been the strong possibility they could ratify the Rome Statute and become a signatory party to the so-called “International Criminal Court” (ICC) at the time when it issued an illegal arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chief Justice Arman Dilanyan officially ruled that this “wasn’t in conflict with the Armenian constitution”, paving the way for the country’s parliament to ratify the Rome Statute. Needless to say, if Yerevan were to do this, it would be obligated to arrest Putin in Armenia. Considering the fact that both countries are part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance that also includes Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the move can be considered a strategic disaster for Armenia, as the CSTO is crucial to its security.

Since 2020, Russian peacekeepers have been controlling the last road (Lachin corridor) connecting Armenia and Artsakh. This is vitally important for Armenia, particularly at a time when Azerbaijan is seeking to blockade and cut off the rest of the Armenian-populated area. How exactly does Yerevan plan to keep Moscow’s continued support to maintain security in Artsakh and even possibly enter into a conflict with Azerbaijan (and by extension Turkey) while the Sorosites keep making anti-Russian moves is anyone’s guess at this point.

Worse yet, all this comes at a time when both Baku and Ankara are taking a somewhat neutral stance on the Ukrainian conflict, meaning that Moscow has very little (if anything) to gain from intervening on Armenia’s side, while it’s almost certain that it would result in getting two enemies at its southern flank, the last thing it needs at the moment. This could also have wider consequences for Russia’s Middle Eastern peace initiatives that include Syria and Iran. For the sake of the Armenian people, the Sorosites in power there should be held to account for such self-defeating decisions.

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Turkey Earthquake, Syria Earthquake: Over 6,000 Dead In Turkey, Syria Quake

Turkey Earthquake: Dozens of nations pledged aid after the 7.8-magnitude quake, which hit as people were still sleeping and amid freezing weather that has hampered emergency efforts.
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Finland and Sweden beg Turkey for NATO’s membership as Ankara balancing between East and West

Uriel Araujo, researcher with a focus on international and ethnic conflicts

Tensions between Washington and Turkey were visible in the November 16 meeting in Bali, when US President Joe Biden supposedly “snubbed” his Turkish counterpart. Washington has been pressing Ankara to approve the Swedish and Finnish bids, but Turkey remains inflexible. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan arguably has been playing NATO quite skillfully, while there are signs the alliance is losing unity over a number of issues. However, Ankara faces many challenges as it struggles to balance its complex relationship with its NATO allies and with Eurasian powers Russia and China.

Finland is currently considering arms exports to Turkey, hoping the country will ratify its NATO membership. Turkey, a NATO member, has also demanded both Finland and Sweden take a tougher stance against Kurdish rebels. In November, the Swedish parliament in turn approved an anti-terror law, as demanded by the Turkish authorities in Ankara. Although Ankara is the only state opposing the two countries’ membership, Hungary has not ratified it yet either.

For NATO, the two Nordic countries are not the only issue involving Ankara. With the change in the Mediterranean power balance, tensions between Greece and Turkey (who have a decades-long territorial dispute) have been escalating since at least 2020, and experts have warned that this too could disrupt the North Atlantic unity. Greece has been supported by France in this matter – the former traditionally has entertained the ambition of a more independent Europe.

Amid such quarrels, Ankara has sometimes been described as masterfully balancing its relationship with both Washington and Moscow, remaining “neutral” in the current conflict in Ukraine while benefiting from this stance. For example, even American companies have been counting on Turkey as a conduit for trade with Russia (bypassing sanctions), and, in September, with the opening of the Black Sea corridor, a Russia-Turkey deal was sealed to ensure poorer countries would receive grains. The reality, in any case, however is that while being relatively isolated from the West, Ankara also has at times difficult relations with both Russia and China.

It is true that, amid the ongoing New Cold War, even though bipolarity seems to be back,  many emerging powers today are increasingly building on multi-alignmentnon-alignment and multilateralism. They often do so by pursuing mutually beneficial bilateral relations with Beijing and Moscow, on the one hand, while balancing their relationship with Washington, on the other hand.

This way, a power such as India for instance, has been projecting itself as a kind of diplomatic giant, with a focus on its balancing power. However, as I’ve written, one can only “balance” and “reconcile” so much, and there are limits and challenges to “neutrality” and pragmatism. In India’s case, a more integral approach to Eurasia is needed.

Ankara in turn seems to attempt to position itself in a way that is, in some ways, analogous to India’s approach – by advancing Turkish-Chinese partnership on the Middle Corridor-BRI cooperation, for instance.

However, while India still can boast of being, to some extent, trusted by both sides in the Ukrainian conflict, Ankara’s situation is more complicated. Its relations with Moscow have always been complex (one can recall the 2015 crisis), and already in early 2021 showed signs of deterioration.

For example, it is widely understood that Russian peacekeepers in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh, in the Armenia–Azerbaijan border) have been acting as a kind of shield against the expansion of Ankara-promoted pan-Turkism in the Caucasus, a region where Turkey has visibly played a clearly destabilizing role. Turkish aggressive policies arguably threaten stability in Eurasia as a whole, as can be seen not only in the aforementioned Armenian border, but also in the disputed Aegean Sea islands, in Kashmir, IranSyria, and even in the Russian borders.

Turkish interests pertaining to enhanced cooperation with China and other states are part of its larger aspirations for becoming a new hegemon in its region. These ambitions however, including Ankara’s promotion of Pan-Turkist and Turanist concepts (amid  neo-Ottomanist ambitions) have destabilizing potential and thus trouble key partners in Eurasia, including China itself. Geopolitically and geostrategically, the interests of Turks clash with those of Russians and the Chinese in Central Asia and the Caucasus. There is also a Moscow-Ankara rivalry in the Middle East, their proxy competition in Libya being notorious.

Both Russia and Turkey have patrolled the northeast of Syria, cooperating in the struggle against terrorism. However, Turkish support for Ukrainian moves in the Donbass region remains a major issue and so is Turkey’s NATO membership, as Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu stated in March, remarking it is an impediment to cooperation.

While an organization such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), for instance, focuses more on security and stability issues, NATO, on the other hand, increasingly sees its mission as being the defender of certain (Western) values. Turkey is a Dialogue Partner of the SCO. It is a very difficult task “balancing” healthy Eurasian-Turkish relations with, on the other hand, remaining a member of an organization almost solely devoted to antagonizing Moscow and Beijing. India, for example, is both a full-member of SCO and a QUAD member and, that being so, already faces many challenges to its “balancing” role. Turkish status as a NATO member is even more complicated in that regard.

Amid such a complex geopolitical game, it remains to be seen how long an aggressive Ankara will manage to balance its intricate relations with both the West, and with China and Russia.

Source: InfoBrics

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Turkey prepares for military operation against Kurds after Istanbul blast

Is everyone trying to false flag their way into new wars? It’s hard to tell anymore but here is more wars/rumors of war news. Johnny

Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher

The Turkish armed forces may launch an operation in northern Syria as the order for the recent terrorist attack in Istanbul was allegedly given from the Kurdish-majority city of Kobani. The November 13 explosion on the Istiklal pedestrian street in central Istanbul led to the death of six people and was quickly blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and their Syrian branch, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), who control Kobani.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said police arrested a woman believed to have left the bomb on Istiklal Street. According to him, it is suspected that the order came from Kobani, a Syrian town on the border with Turkey, and that the perpetrator entered Turkey via Afrin, a Kurdish-majority region in northern Syria controlled by Turkish-backed forces.

“We will conduct an operation in Ain al-Arab (Kobani). Now this obligation is weighing heavily on our necks,” Miliyyet newspaper quoted Turkish security expert Abdullah Agar as saying.

Earlier, the official representative of the President of Turkey, Ibrahim Kalin, said that Ankara is ready for a new military operation in northern Syria, which could start at any time. Damascus has repeatedly stated that it is illegal for Turkish forces to conduct operations against Kurdish forces there and has called on Ankara to withdraw its troops.

Meanwhile, an unnamed senior official said to Reuters on November 15 that Turkey plans to pursue targets in northern Syria after it completes a cross-border operation against the PKK in Iraq. Threats against Turkey posed by Kurdish militants or the Islamic State are unacceptable, the official said, adding that Ankara will clear threats along its southern border “one way or another.”

“Syria is a national security problem for Turkey. There is work being done on this already,” the official said, declining to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media, according to Reuters. “There is an ongoing operation against the PKK in Iraq. There are certain targets in Syria after that is completed.”

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the Istanbul blast, and the PKK have denied any involvement, police say the suspected bomber is a Syrian woman named Ahlam Albashir. She was detained only a day after the blast at a house raid in Istanbul.

This year alone, Turkey has conducted three incursions into northern Syria against the YPG. Confusingly, despite the PKK being recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the European Union, the YPG are allies of Washington and the EU.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a major challenge in next year’s election, with polls suggesting he could lose power after two decades. This was a similar scenario to what occurred before the 2015 general election, with a wave of bombings and other terrorist attacks gripping the country. They were mostly blamed on the PKK and the Islamic State.

It could be suggested that Erdogan either orchestrated the Istanbul bombing, or is taking maximum advantage of the operation to gain more votes through ultra-nationalist rhetoric and the corresponding military operation against the Kurds, just like what happened in 2015. In fact, a September MetroPoll survey in Turkey found that more than half of Turkish citizens believe that their government is using tensions with Greece for an “election agenda,” an election agenda that can also be imposed against the Kurds too.

It is also notable that it was reported by Al-Monitor on November 9 that Turkey is reorganising militant forces in northern Syria and is reportedly using “threats and ultimatums to discipline the disorderly factions.” According to the report, Ankara is using Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) — the formerly Al-Qaeda aligned jihadi outfit controlling the northwestern province of Idlib — “as a stick in its efforts to push the factions to form a joint military command and a joint administrative structure.”

The report added that factions were told by Turkish officials on November 2 “to unite under a joint command and shut separate operation rooms, cede all urban checkpoints to a joint security apparatus, hand over control of crossings — a source of lucrative revenues — to a financial committee and create a joint fund, and close down the prisons they operate. A warning was issued that fresh internal conflicts could result in dissolving the groups involved.”

Turkey’s restructuring of jihadist forces under its command and/or influence in northern Syria only days before blaming the PKK for the Istanbul blast, something the Kurdish militant group denies perpetrating, will raise questions on whether the terror attack was a false-flag operation to justify a new military operation and to boost Erdogan’s ratings in the lead up to next year’s elections.

Source: InfoBrics

Israeli Military Deployed to border of Azerbaijan and Iran

close up of the flag of israel

The Israeli military is located a few kilometers from the border with Iran.

The presence of the Israeli military has been recorded on the border with Iran for the past few months. The latter were discovered after the interception of conversations on the VHF band. Moreover, the Israeli military is suppressing the Iranian fleet and a number of military bases located near the border with Iran with the help of powerful electronic warfare systems. Information on this subject is provided by the Iranian journalist Khayal Muazzin.

As follows from the data presented, over the past few months, the Israeli military, using electronic warfare, has been jamming GPS signals in Iran and conducting electronic warfare against Iranian warships in the waters of the Caspian Sea. Moreover, thanks to the interception of communications, it was established that we are talking about the Israeli military. This, against the background of several flights of Israeli military aircraft to Azerbaijan, indicates that Azerbaijan is actively contributing to the presence of the IDF in close proximity to the borders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“For almost a month now, the GPS of Iranian ships in the Caspian Sea, passing near the coastal strip of the Republic of Azerbaijan, has been violated. On the VHF bands, there were several times people who spoke Hebrew , ”reports Iranian journalist Khayal Muazzin.

In all likelihood, it is precisely with this fact that the direct presence of Iranian troops on the border with Azerbaijan is connected, since earlier information has repeatedly appeared that Israeli attack drones and fighter jets may be located on the territory of Azerbaijan, preparing to strike at the Islamic Republic.

Thousands of Troops Deployed London: https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/bulletin-thousands-of-soldiers-deploying-on-streets-of-london

80KM Chinese Column: https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/something-going-on-in-china-military-convoy-80km-long-headed-to-beijing

US Navy Drones: https://warnews247.gr/thalassia-drones-ton-ipa-sta-cheria-roson-tha-ktypousan-tin-vasi-tou-rosikou-stolou-amerikanos-axiomatouchos-i-oukrania-echei-sovaro-provlima-me-ta-iranika-uav/

Iran: https://www.foxnews.com/world/protestors-clash-revolutionary-guard-northern-iran-torch-irgc-base-reports

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Israel and Turkey Restore Full Diplomatic Relations Between the 2 Countries…

Well now this is interesting to say the least since Erdogan was in Iran last month meeting with the Iranians and Russia and talking of an alliance of some kind. I do not trust the Turkish Govt. and neither should anyone else. From warnews247, google translated from Greek for your convenience.

A new “page” in Israel-Turkey relations, with the two countries deciding on the full restoration of their diplomatic relations and the return of ambassadors and consuls general from both sides after the steady improvement of bilateral relations.

This was announced today by the office of Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who in a statement emphasizes:

“Upgrading relations will help strengthen ties between the two peoples, expand economic, trade and cultural relations and strengthen regional stability.”

In Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after the Israeli announcement that, despite the full restoration of Turkish-Israeli relations, Turkey “will not abandon the Palestinian cause.”

“We will continue to defend the rights of the Palestinians, Jerusalem and Gaza,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a press conference in Ankara.

“It is important that our messages [on the Palestinian cause] are conveyed directly through the ambassador,” the Turkish foreign minister added, indirectly confirming the imminent appointment of a Turkish ambassador to Tel Aviv.

After more than a decade of strained relations, Israel and Turkey have in recent months ushered in a new era in their relations marked by the historic visit of Israel’s president, Isaac Herzog, to Ankara in March.

Mevlut Cavusoglu then made a visit to Jerusalem at the end of May as part of the rewarming of bilateral relations.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has cast himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, has been a fierce critic of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

Turkey maintains close relations with Hamas, which has controlled and ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

The deterioration of relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv began in 2010 with the case of the Mavi Marmara ship, when Israeli forces carried out a bloody raid on the Turkish ship that, carrying humanitarian aid, was heading to the Gaza Strip with the aim of breaking the Israeli blockade.

Turkey and Israel recalled their ambassadors to Tel Aviv and Ankara respectively in 2018 after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests on the border between Gaza and Israeli territory against the Trump administration’s opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Source

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Israel Loads new Missiles on Modified F-35s, Can Now Strike Iran without Refueling!

According to Israeli media reports, Israel has entered a higher phase of readiness to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. This comes with the development of upgraded capabilities and intensive training.

The Israeli Air Force conducted four drills simulating an attack on Iran last month to test different elements of the strike plans.

At the same time, Israeli engineers achieved a major technological breakthrough, allowing F-35 aircraft to fly back and forth to Iran without refueling.

The stealth aircraft is expected to play a key role in a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, destroying air defenses and performing other vital tasks.

The Israeli Air Force has also developed a one-tonne heavy bomb that will be included in the arsenal of weapons used by F-35s (known to the IAF as “Adir”). This bomb can be carried inside the aircraft’s weapon interior without compromising its stealth signature on enemy radar.

The bomb is made by Rafael Advanced Weapons Systems and is said to be autonomous and can be protected from interference and cyber warfare systems. The bomb was recently used in a series of IAF tests, the results of which were presented to Secretary of Defense Benny Gantz.

In 2019, Lockheed Martin was considering adding two 600-gallon outer fuel tanks under the F-35’s wings as part of a larger range expansion study. This would have a significant effect on stealth characteristics but would increase the total fuel capacity by about 40 percent. Prior to that, studies had examined the addition of smaller tanks of 480 and 460 gallons. It seems that this problem has now been solved.

Earlier, a senior official revealed that Israel had significantly increased the list of possible targets for an attack inside Iran.

The 4 Scenarios of the large scale Israeli Exercises

The IAF has conducted four large-scale exercises to simulate attacks on Iran in the past month.

The first exercise involved dealing with Iranian radar and tracking and early warning systems, such as those protecting its nuclear facilities.

The second involved the simulation of long-range combat flights. In this case it was achieved with destinations in Europe.

The other exercises included defensive measures against Iranian cyber attacks and electronic warfare systems, which could be used by Iran to undermine an Israeli military operation.

In another exercise, the Israelis simulated strike operations against numerous targets, in short periods of time and at a distance of 1,100 miles. Advanced weapons were used to accurately attack F-15 and F-35 aircraft. In particular, the IDF for the needs of the exercise took off almost 100 fighter jets from Israeli bases.

The Israeli Air Force has also been training rescuers who flee militarily away from the state border – including being forced to land in the middle of the sea.

The Israeli Air Force has reportedly been able to integrate full co-operation between fifth-generation and fourth- and fourth-generation aircraft into the exercise, allowing for real-time division of tasks, information transfer and other classified missions, they said. security officials.

“Iran’s radar sites and anti-aircraft missiles are crowded and numerous – but they are not the only challenge. They must attack goals with content and meaning. The attack should be able to cause enormous damage without expanding. “There are several targets in Iran, in different ranges.”

“Israel’s strategy has changed – We will hit the ‘head” “

The news of progress in Israel’s military readiness came just a day after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the strategy for Iran had changed over the past year. The Armed Forces “will strike the head… and not only in the arms transfers as we have had in recent years”.

During recent military maneuvers, the IAF has also opened cooperation between fifth-generation fighter jets such as the F-35 and fourth-generation aircraft such as Israel’s older F15 and F-16 models. The planes practiced the exchange of information, missions and much more.

“Iran’s missile systems and surface-to-air radars are full and are not the only challenge, ” a defense official said. “ We must be able to attack targets that are important and the attack must be able to cause extensive damage. “There are many targets in Iran of different ranges.”

Iran: Removed 27 IAEA cameras from nuclear facilities

Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the “removal of 27 cameras” to monitor its nuclear activities , responding to a decision critical of Tehran, the agency said.

The measure “naturally poses a serious obstacle to our ability to continue working there, ” IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi told a news conference in Vienna.

The IAEA, which oversees Tehran’s nuclear activities to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful, can continue inspections and has other tools, but Tehran’s decision means “less transparency, more doubt.” Rafael Grossi explained.

” Does that mean we have reached the end of the road?” I hope not. “We hope that the spirits will ease a little and we will be able to focus again on the problems to be solved,” he added, calling on Iran to resume dialogue.

If the engagement persists after three or four weeks, “the IAEA will no longer be able to provide the information it needs to develop Iran’s nuclear program,” Grossi warned.

This “will deal a fatal blow” to the 2015 international agreement, which provides for the curtailment of Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for easing the regime of international sanctions against Iran.

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