Iran has Threatened Israel; Russia Performs Observation Over Hungary; NATO Begins Exercise in Latvia
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on September 30 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Revolutionary Guards commander: Iran has encircled Israel from all sides
An Iranian Revolutionary Guards top commander threatened Israel, warning against an Israeli attack on Iran, Radio Farda reported.
“If Israel makes a strategic mistake, it has to collect bits and pieces of Tel Aviv from the lower depths of the Mediterranean Sea,” IRGC Deputy Commander for Operations Abbas Nilforoushan said in an interview with the IRGC’s Tasnim news agency, as reported by the US-funded Iranian branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Nilforoushan added that “Israel is not in a position to threaten Iran” and that “Iran has encircled Israel from all four sides.”
“Nothing will be left of Israel” in case of a conflict between the two countries, he vowed.
The commander also commented on the confrontation between Israel and Iran forces or proxies in Lebanon and Syria.
“We will perceive any mistake in the region as involvement in a war in the whole region. Any action to start a war in the region will flare up a fire that will burn those who have started the war,” he said.
Earlier this year, Israel claimed responsibility for hundreds of strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.
Russian pilots to carry out observation flight over Hungary — media
Russian pilots will perform an observation flight over Hungary from September 30 until October 4, the Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper reported on Monday citing head of the National Center for Reducing Nuclear Threats Sergey Ryzhkov.
“In accordance with the Open Skies Treaty, Russia will carry out an observation flight over Hungary on a Russian An-30B reconnaissance aircraft. The flight will be carried out from September 30 until October from the Open Skies aerodrome Papa. The maximum flight distance will be 1,1180 km. The An-30B will follow a route coordinated with the observed party, and Hungarian specialists onboard will monitor the use of reconnaissance equipment and observation of the conditions envisaged by the Treaty,” the newspaper said.
Observation flights in the framework of the Treaty are performed to facilitate transparency in military activities of member states and build confidence and security.
Over 3000 troops begin exercise Silver Arrow in Latvia
Over 3,000 troops and 200 vehicles from 12 NATO Allies are taking part in exercise Silver Arrow in Latvia this week, NATO reported.
The multinational exercise, which wraps up on 3 October, provides an opportunity for forces to enhance their readiness, and train with one of four NATO battlegroups in the region.
NATO’s battlegroup in Latvia is composed of around 1,000 troops from Albania, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Exercise Silver Arrow is designed to test the battlegroup’s ability to plan and conduct operations with the Latvian Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
This week, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers – specialised soldiers who guide fighter aircraft to targets on the ground – from Canada, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia and Spain conducted air-to-ground training at Camp Ādaži. Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 fighter aircraft will also support the exercise, conducting air-to-ground support missions.
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Source: TASS, TJP, NATO