Israel Warns for Iranian Attacks; Russian Troops Enter Syria; Turkish Troops in Lebanon
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 23 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Israel said bracing for direct cruise missile or drone attack by Iran
Israel is readying for a direct cruise missile or drone strike by Tehran in response to recent attacks on Iranian regional proxies which have been attributed to the Jewish state, Army Radio reported Tuesday evening.
Unlike ballistic missiles, which usually fly through a high arc on the way to the target, cruise missiles and drones fly at low altitude, making them harder to detect.
The report cited anonymous “Israeli sources,” who said the IDF was already on high alert for the possibility and that the security cabinet will convene for an “unplanned” meeting next Tuesday against a backdrop of tensions with the Islamic Republic.
This would be the second time this month that the high-level security cabinet has convened. On October 6, its members gathered amid cryptic warnings by Israeli leaders of a growing security threat from Iran. That meeting lasted for nearly six hours.
During the meeting, ministers discussed a proposal, being pushed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for a NIS 1 billion ($290 million) project to boost Israel’s air defenses that would place particular focus on defending the country against cruise missile attacks.
Turkey, Russia agree on ‘historic’ Syria deal
Ankara and Moscow on Tuesday agreed on a “historic” Syria deal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced after meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, reports Anadolu Agency.
According to the deal, starting at 12 noon (0900GMT) on October 23, Russian military police and Syrian border guards will enter the Syrian side of the Turkish-Syrian border, outside the area of Operation Peace Spring to facilitate the removal of YPG/PKK elements and their weapons 30 kilometers (19 miles) off Turkey’s border in northern Syria, which should be finalized in 150 hours.
The deal came after Erdogan paid a one-day working visit to Russia’s coastal city of Sochi to meet with Putin to discuss Syria and Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, which was launched on October 9, to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
“All YPG elements and their weapons will be removed from Manbij and Tal Rifat [northern Syrian district],” according to the deal.
Turkey and Russia will launch joint efforts to facilitate to return of refugees in a “safe and voluntary” manner.
“A joint monitoring and verification mechanism will be established to oversee and coordinate the implementation of this memorandum,” it added.
Turkey extends troops deployment in Lebanon
The parliament on Tuesday ratified a motion to extend the deployment of Turkish troops in Lebanon for another year as part of the UN’s interim force, reports Anadolu Agency.
The reform package was passed with a show of hands by lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Good (IYI) Party.
The term of Turkish soldiers in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, also known as UNIFIL, has been extended until October 31, 2020.
The motion floated by the Presidency has been extended 12 times so far since it was first approved by the parliament in September 2006.
The UNIFIL was established in 1978 when Israel withdrew from Lebanon. The peacekeeping force is intended to provide security and help the Lebanese government in rebuilding its authority.
Around 10,600 troops from 40 countries are part of the UNIFIL mission.
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Source: MEMO, TTI