IT's feared the Middle East might be on the brink of another war as tensions alarmingly escalate between Israel and Iran. From what they're fighting about to their military power, here's what you need to know about the conflict between the two nations. Are Israel and Iran at war? Neither Israel nor Iran have formally declared a war, but tensions between the two states have escalated significantly. On April 30, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu made bombshell claims about Iran's nuclear weapons program in a prime-time televised address carried by Israeli networks. He said: "Iran's leaders repeatedly deny ever pursuing nuclear weapons. "Tonight I'm here to tell you one thing: Iran lied. The leader spoke in English and showed pictures and videos claiming to be of secret Iranian nuclear complexes. Outlining a damning 55,000 page dossier, Netanyahu said Iran was "brazenly lying" about its massive programme to develop atomic warheads and missiles to deliver them. After signing the nuclear … [Read more...] about Israel vs Iran – Are they at war, what are they fighting about and what military powers do they have?
Syrian military power
BEIRUT—Missile strikes on Syrian government bases overnight killed dozens of pro-regime forces, including Iranians, according to a monitoring group, in what could mark an escalation of hostilities between foreign powers fighting for influence. “Enemy missiles” targeted military bases in Aleppo and Hama, Syrian state news agency SANA reported Monday. Footage circulated on social media showed a large ball of fire, purportedly from an explosion at a military base in Hama believed to house Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces.... … [Read more...] about Missile Strikes on Syrian Military Base Kills Dozens
ANKARA Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Syria should not be an “arm-wrestling arena” for outside powers, amid talks with both U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after the former’s vow to strike Damascus over the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Douma region. “We are uncomfortable with the fact some countries that are confident of their military power have transformed Syria into an arm wrestling arena … Nobody has the right to burn the Mediterranean and Syrian soil in the fire of military and political power struggles,” Erdoğan said at a ceremony in Ankara on April 12. His comments came after Trump warned Russia on April 11 of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack in the rebel enclave of Douma near Damascus. Russia replied that any missile attack will be intercepted by its sophisticated S-400 anti-ballistic missile systems in Syria. Erdoğan spoke … [Read more...] about Syria shouldn’t be arm wrestling arena for military powers: Erdoğan
Amid President Donald Trump's claims to possibly ramp up military action against Syria this week in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma, the Syrian military has repositioned some air assets, the Reuters news agency reported, citing US officials. However, the officials failed to comment whether the Syrian moves would influence the US military plans. The Syrian side, in its turn, hasn't made any official statement on the military relocation, despite a great number of media reports, claiming that Damascus was shifting forces amid US threats of airstrikes. Trump's Twitterstorm Earlier in the day, the US President took to Twitter to call for Russia to "get ready" for "nice and new and smart" missiles in Syria as a response to the alleged chemical attack in Douma. The tweet was followed by another one, urging Moscow to stop what he described as an "arms race." READ … [Read more...] about US Officials Claim Syrian Military Repositioning Air Assets
The United States denied attacking the Syrian base. "At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria," the Pentagon said in a statement. "However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable." When asked about the explosions, an Israeli spokeswoman declined to comment. Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces. Syrian state TV said there were casualties in what it said was a suspected U.S. missile attack on the T-4 airfield near Homs, which is close to the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. "An aggression was perpetrated on T-4 air base in several strikes that is most likely to be an American attack," state television said in a news flash. A Syrian military source was … [Read more...] about US suspected of striking Syrian air base as Trump warns of ‘big price to pay’ following chemical attack