Iran Could Attack Israel; Turkey Attacked in Iraq, not Syria; Russian-South Korean Military Hotline
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 9 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Iran could attack Israel, just as it did the Saudi oil fields: Galant
Iran could use a combination of cruise missiles and advanced drones to attack Israel, in a manner similar to the way it attacked the Saudi oil fields last month, Absorption Minister Yoav Galant told Army Radio.
A Major-General (Res.), Galant was one of a number of Israel’s security cabinet members who took to the airwaves this week to discuss the threat from Iran, in the aftermath of Sunday’s security cabinet meeting that dealt with upgrading Israel’s aerial defense system so that it could better combat such an attack.
Galant said he would not speculate on the likelihood of such an attack, but he noted that if Iran could “shoot in one direction [at Saudi Arabia] from hundreds of kilometers away” it could also “shoot in another direction [at Israel] from hundreds of kilometers away.
“We are looking at what is happening around us,” he continued.
Since May Iran has been increasing its hostile activity in the region, including an unprecedented attack on September 14 on the Saudi oil fields that involved the coordination of dozens of projectiles, missiles and drones, Galant explained.
“Iran is not a theoretical enemy,” Galant said, explaining that its regime has repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel.
Syrian sources claim Turkey attacked in Iraq, not Syria
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights denied a report by Syrian state news agency SANA earlier on Monday evening claiming that Turkey had conducted airstrikes in Syria against the Syrian Democratic Forces.
According to the SOHR, the airstrikes hit targets in Iraq.
A White House official stated later on Monday night that the US has not seen any signs of a Turkish operation in Syria yet, according to Steve Herman, a reporter from Voice of America news.
“It appears the Turks are intent on some sort of military operation, possibly combined with an effort to resettle refugees,” said the White House official.
There are only 50 to 100 “special operators” in the region who the US does not want endangered if the Turks come over the border to engage with the Kurds. “This does not constitute a withdrawal from Syria,” said the official to Herman, adding that the US does not endorse any Turkish operation in Syria.
The US is just protecting its troops and is definitely not giving a “green light” to Turkey to kill Kurds, according to the official who stressed that US President Donald Trump is prepared to “obliterate the economy of Turkey if they do.”
South Korea wants to set up military hotline with Russia, media reports say
South Korea is seeking to set up a direct military hotline with Russia, the news agency Yonhap announced on Tuesday, citing a report prepared by Seoul’s Joint Chief of Staff for the country’s parliament.
A corresponding memorandum may be signed between the South Korean and Russian militaries by the end of October, the report says.
A military hotline between the Air Forces of South Korea and Russia will help “prevent any accidental entry into each other’s air defense identification zones,” Yonhap quoted the report by Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying.
However, as military experts in Seoul told TASS, Russia does not recognize the so-called air defense identification zone unilaterally established by South Korea because this contradicts international law and Moscow has never set up a similar zone near its borders.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff claimed in late July this year that a Russian combat plane had breached the republic’s airspace near the Dokdo (Takeshima) islands disputed by Seoul and Tokyo. In response, South Korea’s F-15 and F-16 fighter planes were scrambled. Seoul’s military further stated that its fighter aircraft had made warning shots near the Russian plane.
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Source: TJP, TASS