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Syria, Iran threaten retaliation against Israel

Deputy Iranian foreign minister says alleged Israeli strike will have ‘serious implications’ for Tel Aviv while Syrian envoy threatens to launch ‘surprise attack’. Meanwhile Syria summons UN Golan commander to protest attack

Syria and Iran have threatened to retaliate for an alleged Israeli air raid near the capital Damascus.

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali says Damascus has “the option and the surprise to retaliate.” He said he cannot predict when the retaliation will be, saying it is up to relevant authorities to prepare for it.

“Israel, the Americans and the Arab regimes that have conspired together know that Syria will defend its sovereignty and its land,” he said. “The Zionist aggression exposes Israel’s part in the war against Syria.”

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Embracing the Bear at last

By Amir Taheri

Last week, in what might be his administration’s last important foreign policy move, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad concluded a major security treaty with Russia. Signed in Tehran by Interior Minister Muhammad Mostafa Najjar and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev, the agreement represents a break with an old principle in Iran’s defense and security doctrines.

Ever since the 18th century when it emerged as an organized state, Russia has been a source of fear and fascination for its Iranian neighbors.

Having coped with attacks by Turkic hordes from the east for centuries, Iran perceived Russia as a new threat from the north. Several wars of varying magnitude proved that analysis right. In terms of territory, Russia became the largest empire in history. However, bordering on mostly frozen seas and thus virtually landlocked, it could not project naval power, the principal instrument of global domination. Successive czars dreamed of the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. And that meant annexing or dominating Iran.

Iran to citizens: flee Isfahan

Iranian officials tell citizens to vacate city located near nuke site BY:  Adam Kredo Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material. An edict issued…

White House: Talks with Iran certainly possible

U.S. President Barack H. Obama could conceivably conduct talks with Iran, the White House said, although none were scheduled
By David Lev
Obama and Romney in second debate
U.S. President Barack H. Obama could conceivably conduct talks with Iran, the White House said Tuesday night. No such talks have been scheduled and none are currently on the agenda, despite incessant rumors, said White House spokesperson Jay Carney. But commenting on a statement by Obama that the U.S. is and has been “have been open to pursuing negotiations if and when the Iranians are serious about having negotiations,” Carney said that the U.S. is “open” to such talks.

“We have been open to considering negotiations that are bilateral,” Carney told reporters. “But we have none scheduled and we have no agreements with the Iranians to do that.” There are no talks going on right now, secret or otherwise, and none are scheduled, Carney stressed.

‘It’s not about elections in America, but centrifuges in Iran’

Shlomo Cesana and Hezi Sternlicht
Photo credit: Maya Baumel Birger
PM Benjamin Netanyahu addresses claim that he is using Iran issue to harm the Obama re-election bid: “The only thing guiding me is centrifuges in Iran. It’s not my fault that the centrifuges aren’t more considerate of the Americans’ political timetable.”

Last Tuesday afternoon, not far from Mount Hermon in northern Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu picked up a pair of binoculars and watched the soldiers of the Golani Brigade’s 12th Battalion train in the Golan Heights. They were tired, and nearing the end of an exercise that began on Sunday. The soldiers hadn’t slept since the exercise began, the commander explained. But they were still running, charging at the hills and destroying simulated enemy fighters, staging impressive attacks.

At that moment, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz whispered something in Netanyahu’s ear: “When I was a battalion commander, we charged the same targets. These guys are good.” Netanyahu, in response, took Gantz even deeper into the past, saying, “I ran here too. The same targets.”

Armada of international naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike

The Strait of Hormuz is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point Photo: ALAMY An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme. Iran plans military exercises in preparation for Israeli strike

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent Cruisers and minesweepers from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world’s oil traded by sea.

To calm Israel, U.S. offers ways to restrain Iran

By DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT

WASHINGTON — With Israel openly debating whether to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities in the coming months, the Obama administration is moving ahead with a range of steps short of war that it hopes will forestall an Israeli attack, while forcing the Iranians to take more seriously negotiations that are all but stalemated.
.Already planned are naval exercises and new antimissile systems in the Persian Gulf, and a more forceful clamping down on Iranian oil revenue. The administration is also considering new declarations by President Obama about what might bring about American military action, as well as covert activities that have been previously considered and rejected.

Later this month the United States and more than 25 other nations will hold the largest-ever minesweeping exercise in the Persian Gulf, in what military officials say is a demonstration of unity and a defensive step to prevent Iran from attempting to block oil exports through the Strait of Hormuz. In fact, the United States and Iran have each announced what amounted to dueling defensive exercises to be conducted this fall, each intended to dissuade the other from attack.