Friday, November 4, 2011

Binocular Snapshot for 11/04/2011

LastDayWatchers as you watch the deterioration to the positions of Israel (lost & found), you will see

Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah, while inspecting his fighting units in the last two weeks, has briefed commanders on updated operational plans for firing 10,000 rockets at Tel Aviv and Israel's air force and reserve mobilization bases

"In answer to questions, Nasrallah said the militia must be prepared to fight Israel without outside military assistance, to boost morale, Nasrallah reported the arrival of advanced weapons, including anti-tank and anti-air missiles from Libya.

"The Zionist enemy cannot stand up to a salvo on that scale," he told them. "He can't locate our secret launching bases or put a stop to a missile offensive that is sure to determine the war's outcome."

In the briefings to his men, the Hizballah leader also dredged up a two-year old plan to use the projected massive rocket assault as cover for five commando brigades to surge into northern Israel and seize designated sectors of the Galilee up to the outskirts of Carmiel.

He assured Hizballah troops that even if Israel Defense Forces units stormed into Lebanon, they were capable of taking the war across the border into enemy terrain.

"We don't know in what situation our war may find Iran."

"Iranian officials have declared that any sanctions on the central bank would be treated as an "act of war."

The administration's turn away from the central bank sanctions puts it at odds with many on Capitol Hill, who have had such measures at the top of their list of priorities.

Despite weeks of tough warnings, the Obama administration has backed away from its calls to impose new and potentially crippling economic sanctions against Iran in retaliation for an alleged plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador on U.S. soil

according to diplomats and American officials.

The softening position illustrates how concern over the weak economy has hobbled the administration when it comes to combating what officials describe as Iran's efforts to attack U.S. interests in the Middle East and elsewhere.

U.S. officials and foreign diplomats added that the likelihood that other governments would strongly resist such a step also helped push the central bank measure from consideration and diplomatic discussion.

Some diplomats said it may be difficult for U.S. officials to persuade other governments to scale back their business with Iran when the United States was being so reticent.

"The others are asking: 'Why should we take on the Iranians, when the U.S. isn't doing so much?' " one diplomat said.

U.S. officials have decided that such sanctions could disrupt oil markets and further damage the U.S. and world economies.

The administration's decision to back off the toughest sanctions comes at a moment of growing Western concern about both Iran's suspected nuclear weapons programs and the apparently increasing pace of its covert military activities"

"We came here to show America that it cannot do a damn thing and we will destroy them if they attack Iran,"

Iran marked the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy on Friday with burning flags and chants of "Death to America"

"America has carried out terrorist acts against Iran and other countries ... We will support those who are against America's policies outside and inside America,"

The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili told the crowd outside the former embassy.

Iran has raised the volume of its anti-American rhetoric since October when the United States accused Iran of plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington. Iran calls the accusations false.

For its part, Iran accuses the United States and Israel of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists in recent years.

Iran's top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday he had 100 "undeniable documents" proving the U.S was behind "terrorist acts" in Iran.

Iran has warned of a fierce response to any attack."

Ex-Mossad Chief Ephraim Halevy warns strike on Iran could have devastating effect for region

"The former head of the Israeli secret service said Thursday during an army boarding school reunion that while Iran should be prevented from becoming a nuclear power, its capabilities are still "far from posing an existential threat to Israel."

"An attack on Iran could affect not only Israel, but the entire region for 100 years."

Halevy, who headed the Mossad between 1998-2002, expressed opposition to an attack on Iran.

Halevy said, adding that "the ultra-Orthodox extremism has darkened our lives."

The failures to the so-called "success of the surge" will become exposed

Sadr says to resist any U.S. presence in Iraq

"Anti-U.S. Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Thursday he would resist any American presence in Iraq, including a civilian one, beyond year-end when all U.S. forces depart nearly nine years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

Sadr, whose Mehdi Army militia battled U.S. and Iraqi troops, has opposed any U.S. military footprint and his bloc is a key part of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's fragile coalition.

Sadr galvanized anti-U.S. sentiment after the overthrow of Sunni dictator Saddam and led two uprisings against U.S. forces in 2004.

"We do not accept any kind of U.S. presence in Iraq, whether it is military or not,"

Sadr said in an interview aired on al-Arabiya television.

"If they stay in Iraq, through a military or non-military (presence) ... we will consider them an occupation and we will resist them whatever the price will be. Even a civilian presence, we reject it,"

the cleric said."

The U.S. military says an American service member has been killed while conducting military operations in northern Iraq Friday

"The incident is under investigation, the statement said. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The death raises to at least 4,484 the number of U.S. military personnel who have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Some officials have warned of an increase in attacks as the U.S. withdraws all of its 33,000 troops from Iraq by the end of the year."

British soldier who had been in Army less than a year shot dead in Afghanistan

"The 21-year-old, from Settle, North Yorkshire, was killed when his patrol was attacked in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province yesterday.

Private Matthew Haseldin, who had been in the Army for less than a year.

‘His loss will be deeply felt by his family, friends and loved ones, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.’

Private Matthew Haseldin's death takes the number of British troops who have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001 to 384."

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