Syria's army says 2 soldiers wounded in Israeli airstrikes
Syria's military said two soldiers were wounded in Israeli airstrikes that hit near Damascus, the country's capital early on Tuesday, the first such attack in more than a month.
A military statement said there were also some "material losses" in the strikes and that Syrian air defences intercepted and shot down a number of the missiles. It did not elaborate.
There was no comment from Israel.
A Britain-based opposition war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the Israeli airstrikes targeted a warehouse in the Damascus suburb of Sayyida Zeinab, killing three "non-Syrian nationals" who were affiliated with the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
The Observatory added that the airstrikes targeted positions of Iran-backed militias allied to the Syrian government.
The last reported Israeli attack in Syria was on November 13. It killed two Syrian soldiers and wounded three at an airbase in the province of Homs.
Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on targets inside government-controlled parts of Syria in recent years, but it rarely acknowledges or discusses specific operations.
Israeli leaders have in the past acknowledged striking targets in Syria and elsewhere in what it says is a campaign to thwart Iranian attempts to smuggle weapons to proxies such as Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group or to destroy weapons caches Last week, Israel's military chief of staff strongly suggested that Israel was behind a November 8 strike on a truck convoy in Syria.
In War, America Loses - While U.S. Adversaries Have Been Strengthening Their Military, The Biden Regime Has Decimated America's Ability To Survive A War
The image above, the information and videos shown further below, represents the damning changes that have insidiously been introduced into our U.S. military ranks, quite literally weakening the strength of our nation at a time when we have conflict with Russia, China, North Korea and Iran, just to name a few.
Below we will discuss and link to confirming reports which conclusively show that between lowering the military readiness and training standards, creating "recruitment" videos full of cartoon characters, and offering up "leaders," born men, pretending to be women, in uniform, as well as a number of other issues, America is entirely unprepared to become entangled in a war and/or international conflict.
The most recent report indicating how woefully unprepared America is becoming to enter into a direct or even indirect conflict, comes from Military Times.
As the Army rolls along into 2023, everyone from recruiters to senior leaders to Congress are closely monitoring whether the Army will be able to shore up its recruiting and stem the end strength freefall that the service is currently experiencing.
The service experienced a shortfall of 15,000 recruits in fiscal 2022, which caused it to miss its congressionally-authorized end strength by nearly 20,000 soldiers.
The conclusion comes from another earlier report from October, which states: "Davis will inherit one of the most challenging recruiting outlooks since the draft ended in 1973. How exactly the Army plans to deal with these unparalleled problems remains unstated. Officials have shied away from directly describing how they’ll mitigate the shortfall and fix accessions beyond a handful of headline initiatives that don’t yet have the capacity to meaningfully reduce the recruiting deficit.
WEAKING THE AMERICAN MILITARY
For many Americans, it was in 2015 that we began to worry about what was happening to our military, when the image above went viral. The ROTC cadets were told they had to participate in a "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. After massive backlash against the images seen, the Army's Cadet Command announced an investigation.
It was claimed that while participation was mandatory, the wearing of heels were up to the cadets, but the viral images still became international fodder in regards to the optics of our military men in heels.
Now, in 2022, we have military men pretending to be women, wearing heels and women's jewelry, and Americans are told this is "inclusivity."
The category, "in war.....America loses," comes from a number of decisions affecting the U.S. military.
Following a three-year review, the Army has scrapped plans to use the same physical fitness test for all soldiers, choosing instead to have some reduced standards to allow women and older soldiers to pass, the service announced Wednesday.
The decision follows a RAND-led study that found men were more easily passing the new, more difficult Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) compared to women and older soldiers, who were “failing at noticeably higher rates.” That six-event test developed in 2019 was an expansion from the three events — pushups, situps and a run — soldiers had done prior.
The entire purpose of fitness tests is to make sure every single military member could perform in theater without endangering their entire unit in the midst of battle.
By lowering those standards, the ability and readiness of a military unit is weakened.
One of the US Army’s first female infantry officers is speaking out against the military’s combat fitness test revisions — warning the changes “undermine their credibility” and place missions and soldiers “at risk” — after changes were made to allow women to pass at a higher frequency.
The lowering of fitness standards were not the only changes made that damages our military's ability to protect America or go into theater to fight, as we saw when Joe Biden began occupying the White House.
Biden reversed a Trump era policy of preventing transgender people who plan to pursue gender-affirming hormones or surgery from enlisting.
Trump's ban was to prevent enlistment, then using the military to "transition," which in the case of surgery, would prevent the enlistee from performing any duties while recovering from surgeries.
While the Trump administration maintained its policy was not a “ban,” it did prevent transgender people who plan to pursue gender-affirming hormones or surgery from enlisting. Transgender individuals who were already serving openly were grandfathered in, meaning they could continue to serve. But those service members who came out as trans after the policy could not pursue transition and were required to serve as their assigned sex at birth.
Biden reversed that policy, once again weakening the military's readiness for immediate action if and when needed.
The revised policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or an individual’s identification as transgender, provide a means by which to access into the military in one’s self-identified gender provided all appropriate standards are met, provide a path for those in service for medical treatment, gender transition, and recognition in one’s self-identified gender, and seeks to protect the privacy of all Service members and to treat all Service members with dignity and respect.
One of the most egregious things that has happened to our military is the policies of the Obama regime, and now the Biden regime in requiring "woke" politics within the military.
This is encapsulated in one video, shown below. The first clip is the 2021 "recruitment" video created by the army. A cartoon-based video focused on "wokeness" rather than battle readiness.
After the first example in the video below, you will see recruitment videos for other countries,. including Russia, Turkey, China, Brazil, Serbia, Germany and Italy.
Is it any wonder that recruitment is down? What military-aged man would see that Army recruitment "woke" video and say "Hey, I want to join!!!!!????"
BOTTOM LINE - IN WAR, AMERICA LOSES
In August of 2022, we learned that in simulated wargames, America would lose half its fighter jets, tons of warships to China.
American military strategists are actively gaming U.S. military response scenarios to a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan by 2026. The wargames have already found that the U.S. would have to lose more than 900 fighter jets — up to half of its fighter jet fleet — and a large number of U.S. warships to turn back China, a new report revealed Monday.
In October 2022, for the first time ever, the Heritage Foundation concluded in their 2023 Index of U.S. Military Strength, that the U.S. military is "weak."
The military has seen a general erosion of capacity, capability, and readiness, but readiness and capacity issues across the force, particularly in the Air Force and Navy, have become so significant that the military’s ability to fulfill its primary mission is in jeopardy. Worsening the challenges for the force further are inflation and budget cuts, which account for a total loss of $59 billion in funding between 2018 and 2023 and are compounded by the limited assistance American allies can contribute to our shared security interests.
Meanwhile, America’s key adversaries—China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea—are advancing their military capabilities and intimidating U.S. partners. This can be seen by Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and China and North Korea’s continued intimidation of neighboring countries such as Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.
The point here is America is so busy trying to force the U.S. military to be woke, spending money on transitioning surgeries, and "diversity," and other actions that have decimated the American forces.
In case you haven’t noticed, Russia, China, North Korea and Iran have all been deepening ties with one another.
Three of them already have nuclear weapons, and Iran will be able to construct their own nukes soon.
Perhaps we should pull back from the precipice before the missiles start flying.
Rational leaders would be looking for a peaceful way out of this mess.
Sadly, rational behavior among our leaders is in very short supply at this point.
Who Will Start The First Major War Of 2023?
Tensions are on the rise all over the planet, and global conflict will be one of the big trends that we will all be watching in 2023. And that is extremely unfortunate, because more global conflict won’t be good for any of us. Considering what we have been through the past several years, we could really use a time of peace. Sadly, as I write this article it appears that more war is inevitable. But where will it erupt first? In recent days, the mainstream media has suggested several potential candidates…
Will it be Serbia?
Things haven’t been this tense between Serbia and Kosovo since Bill Clinton was president.
There have been several alarming incidents over the past month, and now it is being reported that the president of Serbia has just raised the alert level of his military to the “highest level of combat readiness”…
As Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine heads towards its one-year anniversary, another European flashpoint is in danger of reigniting a second war on the continent.
Kosovo was at the center of the last all out-war in Europe in the late ‘90s and tensions there have never fully dissipated.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has this week put his army on its “highest level of combat readiness” to protect ethnic Serbian areas in northern Kosovo he says are under threat from Kosovo. Vucic says his military will “take all measures to protect our people and preserve Serbia.”
But I don’t think that Serbia will be first.
The major powers of western Europe are desperate to avoid a second war in their own backyard, and both sides still seem open to a diplomatic solution.
Will it be North Korea?
Just a few years ago, things were going so much better with North Korea.
But now with Joe Biden in the White House any hope for lasting peace has gone out the window.
The North Koreans have been getting increasingly aggressive, and this week they actually sent a drone almost all the way to Seoul.
South Korea’s military fired warning shots, scrambled fighter jets and flew surveillance assets across the heavily fortified border with North Korea on Monday, after North Korean drones violated its airspace for the first time in five years in a fresh escalation of tensions.
South Korea’s military detected five drones from North Korea crossing the border, and one traveled as far as the northern part of the South Korean capital region, which is about an hour’s drive away, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
I think that the North Koreans were trying to probe South Korea’s defenses.
“Our military will thoroughly and resolutely respond to this kind of North Korean provocation,” Maj. Gen. Lee Seung-o, spokesman for the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a press briefing.
Tensions along the militarized border have already been high due to Pyongyang firing off a record number of ballistic and other missiles this year, including a pair fired last week toward Japan. With now days left in 2022, analysts have tracked over 90 missiles fired this year.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula are the highest that they have been in decades, but I don’t think that this will be the first major war to erupt in 2023 either.
Personally, it is my opinion that North Korea will not seriously consider an invasion of South Korea until China invades Taiwan.
Will it be China?
Years ago, a lot of people thought that I was nuts for warning that the U.S. and China would eventually go to war.
And I could definitely understand the skepticism, because our stores are filled with goods made in China and our ties with the Chinese just kept getting tighter and tighter.
But now “the Taiwan issue” has changed everything.
China’s military sent 71 planes and seven ships toward Taiwan in a 24-hour display of force directed at the island, Taiwan’s defense ministry said Monday, after China expressed anger at Taiwan-related provisions in a recently approved U.S. annual defense spending bill.
China’s military harassment of self-ruled Taiwan, which it claims is its own territory, has intensified in recent years, and the Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army has sent planes or ships toward the island on a near-daily basis.
When China ultimately invades Taiwan, the U.S. and China will instantly be in a state of war.
And once that happens, the flow of goods from China immediately ends.
Are you prepared for that?
But I don’t think that such a scenario will play out just yet.
My personal opinion is that there is another major conflict that is likely to erupt even sooner.
Will it be Iran?
For years, Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that he would never, ever allow the Iranians to build their own nuclear weapons.
The two and a half minute video – posted by @MEMRIReports – contains violent footage of missiles going off and several terrifying explosions to demonstrate what would happen to Tel Aviv.
‘This is what the first few minutes of the Iranian response will look like,’ the video explained.
Once this war starts, it is going to be incredibly destructive.
But I don’t think that it will start the way that most people are expecting.
As they say, stay tuned for future developments.
Meanwhile, I believe that things in Ukraine are about to get even more “interesting”.
On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov issued a statement that some media sources are describing as an “ultimatum”…
“Our proposals for the demilitarization and denazification of the territories controlled by the regime, the elimination of threats to Russia’s security emanating from there, including our new lands, are well known to the enemy,” state news agency TASS quoted Lavrov as saying late on Monday.
“The point is simple: Fulfill them for your own good. Otherwise, the issue will be decided by the Russian army.”
Other Russian officials have also issued puzzling statements in recent days.
Are they trying to give diplomacy one final chance before they take this war to a point of no return?
The Russians continue to move more military assets into position for such a campaign, but that doesn’t mean that it will actually happen.
However, if Vladimir Putin does pull the trigger there will be no hope for a peaceful solution.
Meanwhile, the Russians continue to try to frame this conflict as a great battle between good and evil. In fact, a commercial has just been released that portrays Vladimir Putin as a Santa Claus figure that is delivering a boy from the twisted values of the western world…
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been portrayed as Santa in an anti-Western propaganda video released on the country’s social media.
The film – made by a production company called Signal – depicts ‘Santa Putin’ swapping a photograph of a child’s same-sex parents for one of a mother and father, and gifting the boy being raised as a girl a football, toy cars and a drum kit.
The video feeds into Russian prejudices about Europe and the United States which have been fuelled by pro-Kremlin propagandists during the war in Ukraine to frame the conflict as a clash of values between Russia and Ukraine’s western allies.
I would very much encourage you to watch the video. It will give you some insight into how the Russians really view their conflict with the west.
On video again: Iran announces burning desire to 'raze' Israel
Iran's destabilizing influence in the Middle East, and the rest of the world, has once again surfaced, this time with its video threats to "raze Tel Aviv" and destroy Dimona, which is thought to hold Israel's nuclear weapons arsenal.
It is the Times of Israel that reported on a video released by the Middle East Media Research Institute:
Iran's threat to bomb Israel "off the map" has been a constant for many years already, which is why the Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of an agreement with Iran created by the Barack Obama administration that essentially set up a time frame for the rogue regime to obtain nuclear weapons.
Biden has tried, unsuccessfully, to restart that agreement and experts differ on how close the Islamic regime is to getting those weapons.
In the video, Iran's state broadcaster airs its scenario that presumes Israeli jets to bomb Iran's nuclear site, Natanz.
The threat is that the home base for the jets would be destroyed before they would be able to return, and rockets would "raze Tel Aviv."
The video appeared on Iran’s state-controlled IRIB TV2 just days ago.
The report explained, "Israel has vowed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and has repeatedly said it has the right to act in striking Iranian facilities to prevent what it sees as an existential threat."
The video reveals narrator Younes Shadlou citing "exercises" involving Israel and the U.S.
"Let’s assume that Israeli jets manage to reach the Natanz nuclear site in one piece," he said. "Even if they manage to leave Iran’s sky safely," it would take an hour to return to base.
"The question is whether there would be any base for them to land at," he claimed.
The video includes multiple segments of footage showing rockets being launched.
Shadlou said one target would be Dimona, in Israel.
Though Israel never has confirmed it has nuclear weapons, but experts believe it does.
WND reported weeks ago that one of the Israel generals who wrote an open letter to Joe Biden, urging him to flee from a nuclear deal with Iran, said the only reason for reviving it would be to protect Obama's legacy.
"The only reasonable explanation I have is that it has to do with Obama’s legacy," Brigadier General (res) Amir Avivi said a day after the letter was published. “This was the No. 1 thing that Obama was trying to push in his presidency. They want to keep this legacy even if it is, in many ways, very problematic."
The original letter was signed by 5,000 senior officers from across Israeli defense establishments.
The video includes the specific threat from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that if Israelis' "make even the slightest mistake," Tel Aviv and Haifa will be razed.
Military experts in Israel have lately been warning that a deterrent attack on Iran's weaponry may be needed because of the threat from Iran's nuclear capabilities.
The defense ministers of Syria, Turkey, and Russia held talks in Moscow on Wednesday in a sign of thawing relations between Ankara and Damascus. The conversation between Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his Syrian counterpart, Ali Mahmoud Abbas, is believed to be the first meeting of the two nation’s defense ministers since 2011.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said the talks, which included Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, focused on "solutions to the Syria crisis, the refugee issue, and joint efforts to battle extremist groups on Syrian territory."
Turkey severed diplomatic relations with Damascus back in 2012 and backed the failed regime change effort against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by supporting anti-government fighters.
But now that it’s clear that Assad isn’t going anywhere and Turkey has been focusing on Kurdish militants in northeast Syria, Ankara has been signaling it wants a rapprochement with Damascus. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu revealed earlier this year that he briefly met with his Syrian counterpart in October 2021, the first known high-level meeting between the two governments since 2011.
Türkiye has agreed to fully withdraw its troops from northern Syria following tripartite talks involving Moscow, Ankara and Damascus earlier this week, Syrian newspaper Al-Watan has reported.
The three countries’ defense ministers – Hulusi Akar, Ali Mahmoud Abbas and Sergey Shoigu – met in Moscow on Wednesday for the first meeting of its kind since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011.
According to the paper’s source in Damascus, the negotiations resulted in “Türkiye’s consent to completely withdraw its troops from the Syrian territories that it occupies in the north of the country.”
Ankara and Damascus also expressed a common view that the Syrian-based Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey associates with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), “are agents of Israel and the US, and pose a grave threat to both Türkiye and Syria.”
Türkiye considers the separatist PKK and allied Kurdish groups to be “terrorist organizations” that threaten its national security. The Turkish military carried out airstrikes against YPG targets in northern Syria in November, with Ankara saying a ground operation in the area was also on the cards.
A special trilateral commission will be created by Russia, Türkiye and Syria to ensure that the agreements reached in Moscow are honored, Al-Watan reported.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told local media on Saturday that “one shouldn’t expect that everything will be solved at once in a single meeting.”
In Moscow, Türkiye “emphasized that we respect Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereign rights, and that our only goal is the fight against terrorism” including the PKK/YPG and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), he said.
Ankara and Damascus have agreed to continue talks to deepen reconciliation, Akar added. He also suggested that those negotiations could even result in a joint anti-terrorist operation involving the two countries, which would happen “if we can solve our problems related to defense and security, if we can meet our needs.”
The Syrian side had earlier described the meeting in the Russian capital as “positive,” while Russia’s Defense Ministry said the talks had been conducted in a constructive manner and stressed the need for the continuation of such engagement.
These Are the Hypersonic Missiles that Terrify the U.S. Military
China and Russia are dominating the hypersonic arms race—and it’s not even close.
Earlier this year, Russia fired its newest and most dangerous weapon from the belly of a MiG-31 fighter jet. When the hypersonic Kinzhal missile lit its rocket engines and shrieked across the sky at speeds up to Mach 5 toward a target in the Ukraine, it marked the first time a hypersonic weapon has been used in a conflict.
The Kinzhal and missiles like it are at the tip of a technological revolution in weapon development. These hypersonics can reach speeds up to Mach 10, but more importantly are highly agile. Existing ballistic missiles travel faster, reaching Mach 20 as they sail high above the earth’s atmosphere, where there’s less drag to slow them down. But to reach those speeds, ballistic missiles fly in predetermined arcs, like a cannonball, which makes them easy to track and shoot down. The next-gen hypersonic missiles can fly low (below 60,000 feet), adjust course midflight, and maneuver around missile-defense systems. Military analysts have called them “unstoppable.”
“Hypersonic weaponry represents the most significant advancement in missile technology since [Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles] ICBMs,” wrote the authors of a 2021 report by security think tank RUSI. “[They] are on their way to undermining nuclear-deterrence postures and creating cracks in strategic stability by the mid-2020s.”
Russia is already testing a successor to the Kinzhal that uses air-breathing engines, like a jet, to fly at speeds up to Mach 9, making it even harder to detect and defend against. In all, Russia has three hypersonic weapons in use or development; China has three. The United States has yet to produce a fully functional hypersonic missile but is reportedly developing at least eight of them.
With only a few hypersonic weapons ready for combat, conventional missiles still rule the battlefield. In Ukraine, smaller rockets have proved critical for the country’s defense against Russia. Meanwhile, Russia has used its masses of conventional missiles to carry out deadly strikes on civilian targets. And with Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats, long-range intercontinental missiles and their megaton warheads are as relevant and dangerous now as at any point in our atomic history.
These are the 13 most dangerous missiles in the world. Hypersonics lead the way, but several conventional weapons still keep generals up at night; we included those, too.