Le chef d’état major chinois à Moscou pour parler de la Syrie !

IRIB – Le chef d’état-major de l’Armée de terre chinoise, le général Fang Fenghui, effectue sa première visite officielle à Moscou.

Il a rencontré le ministre de la Défense, Sergueï Choïgou, et le chef d’état-major interarmes, Valery Gerasimov. Les entretiens ont porté sur la coopération militaire et sur la protection de la Syrie.Deux exercices conjoints ont été décidés :

– Coopération navale 2013 (du 5 au 12 juillet dans golfe de Pierre-le-Grand, en mer du Japon)

– Mission de paix 2013 (du 28 juillet au 15 août sur le polygone de Tchebarkoul, dans l’Oural).

Aucune déclaration n’a été faite à propos de la Syrie.

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Russia starts major naval drills in Mediterranean Sea amid Syria crisis

Russian Black fleet ships take part in a Russian military Navy Day parade near an important navy base in the Ukrainian town of Sevastopol, on July 31, 2011.

 

Russia has launched its largest naval exercises in decades in the Mediterranean and Black Seas near the territorial waters of Syria amid the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

The drills “are held in line with the Russian Armed Forces’ 2013 combat training plan and focus on interoperability of task forces from several fleets while on a mission in a far-off maritime zone,” said an official statement by Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday.

The maneuvers will continue until January 29 and comprise more than 60 drills, including anti-submarine warfare missions, missile and artillery firing practices.

Russia’s Black Sea, Northern and Baltic fleets, strategic bombers, tactical aircraft, air defense units, paratroopers and naval infantry will take part in the naval exercises.

The task forces have four large landing ships and a variety of auxiliary vessels in their composition which enable the Russian forces to carry out simulated beach landing and convoy escort missions.  Continue reading

Syrian Army on Highest State of Alert After Reports of American Troops Joining Turkey Near the Border

Hamsayeh.Net – The Syrian army has been put on highest state of alert after reports of a joint Turkish – American military drill taking place today (wednesday 1st of august) near the two countries’ borders

Unofficial reports point to a joint military drill by Turkey and US troops about two km from the Syrian border.

Recently, Ankara, has unnecessarily raised tensions with its southern neighbor after it said that Turkish army will retaliate against the PKK all the way inside the Syrian territory.

Syria is a strategic partner of both Iran and Russia and if reports of American involvement through Turkey is true it would seriously increase tension in that region.

Moscow and Tehran say they would allow a call for regime change in Syria based on what nonsense US and its allies claim to be the ground for President Basha Assad’s departure, who by the way happens to be extremely popular amongst Syrians.

X marks the spot: Spy ring and warships encircle Iran

The X-band radars that the United States has installed in Israel’s Negev desert (AFP Photo/David Buimovitch)

The Pentagon is quickly tightening its ring of forces around Iran. As a recent report reveals a radar belt around the Persian country is almost complete, the biggest ever naval drills, involving up to 20 nations, are to take place in the Gulf waters.

The US military have asked for $12.2 million from Congress to build an AN/TPY-2 type radar station in Qatar. The construction is due be finished by the end of this month, The Wall Street Journal reports, quoting US officials.

Similar radars, commonly known as X-band, are also located in Turkey and Israel’s desert of Negev. The detector in Qatar would complete the backbone of a system designed to protect Israel and Europe from Iranian ballistic missiles, say the WSJ sources. The shield would pinpoint missile launches from the north, west and south of the Persian country.

There are also ambitions to deploy a THAAD (the army’s first Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile-interceptor system to the region in the coming months. This independent detector may be hosted by the United Arab Emirates and, as the project sponsors say, together with X-Band will provide “an extra layer of defense.” Continue reading

Syria’s Military Drills Continue: Tactical Exercises with Anti-aircraft Missiles

The Syrian armed forces continued their military drills in which all naval, land and air forces are taking part as the air defense forces carried out a tactical exercise using anti-aircraft missiles to confront any given attack.

Syrian TV aired Monday footage of live-fire military exercises by the country’s armed forces, filmed in an undisclosed location.
In the broadcast, Syrian TV reports that air defense forces joined the country’s navy and army in the maneuvers.

Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and armed forces, Defense Minister, Gen. Dawood Abdullah Rajiha, accompanied by Deputy Defense Minister, Gen. Talal Mustafa Tlas, attended the military exercises.

The state news agency SANA says the drills began on Saturday with naval forces taking part in maneuvers to repel a potential coastal attack.
It further mentioned that the air forces proved high performance as they located and destroyed the proposed attacks accurately.

General Rajiha hailed the performance of the air forces and their resolve to fulfilling their duties, stressing the importance of such exercises in testing the capacities of the Syrian army.

The exercises will continue over the next few days, involving both air and ground forces.

Source: News agencies, Edited by moqawama

US, Israel in open rift over Iran, cancel a joint military drill

USS Abraham Lincoln and its battle group is on its way to the Persian Gulf as the US builds up military presence around Iran
The US and Israel cancel a joint military drill, which was originally scheduled to be held in spring, in what seems to be a sign of deepening rifts between the age-old allies

On January 5, Israeli military announced that Tel Aviv is gearing up for a major missile defense exercise, codenamed Austere Challenge 12, with US forces.

According to DEBKAfile, a recent comment by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon sparked a dispute between Washington and Tel Aviv and prompted the White House to call off the January 15 drill.

Speaking in an early morning radio interview, the Israeli official said the United States was hesitant over sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank and oil sector for fear of a spike in oil prices.

Following his interview, Washington announced that the exercise had been officially postponed from spring 2012 to the last quarter of the year over “budgetary constraints” – an obvious diplomatic locution for cancellation.

An unnamed military source told DEBKAfile that the White House made the announcement urgently at an unusually early hour Washington time to underscore the Obama administration’s total disassociation from any preparations to attack Iran. Washington also aimed to stress its position that if an attack took place, Israel alone would be accountable.  Continue reading

Confrontation? Iran’s New Naval Exercise to Coincide With US/Israeli Drill

Cheney’s office considered provoking war with Iran by launching false flag attack at sea

Paul Joseph Watson
Source: Infowars.com
Friday, January 6, 2012

Iran’s newly announced “massive” naval drill, set to take place within the next few weeks near the Strait of Hormuz, will coincide with a major US/Israeli exercise in the same region, increasing the chances that a war provocation manufactured by either side could take place.

“The newly announced Iranian drills, codenamed The Great Prophet, may coincide with major naval exercises that Israel and the United States are planning to hold in the Persian Gulf in the near future,” reports RIA Novosti.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s naval commander, Adm. Ali Fadavi, told the Fars news agency last night that the upcoming exercise would be “different” from previous ones.

Iran’s announcement of yet more naval drills follows an escalation in rhetoric after the United States sent the massive battleship USS John C. Stennis sailing through the narrow Strait of Hormuz amidst Iranian wargames based around closing the Strait, a key oil choke point.

Iran responded by firing off missiles during the drill and ordering the US aircraft carrier to “stay out of the Persian Gulf”.

The US/Israeli naval exercise, named Austere Challenge 12, is set to be the largest ever naval drill between the two powers and is based around “(improving) defense systems and cooperation between the U.S. and Israeli forces.” Continue reading

Iran warns US carrier off Persian Gulf

Commander of Iran's Army Major General Ataollah Salehi

Commander of Iran’s Army Major General Ataollah Salehi has warned a US aircraft carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf, adding that the warning comes “only once.”

On December 30, 2011 the Iranian Navy identified and recorded footage and images of the USS John C. Stennis in the area where Iran is currently holding naval military exercises.

General Salehi said on Tuesday that we recommend and warn the aircraft carrier not to return to its previous position in the Persian Gulf, “since we are not in the habit of repeating a warning and we warn only once.”

The USS John C. Stennis has left the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. It is one of the US navy’s biggest warships. The nuclear-powered vessel carries around 3,300 personnel most of whom are air crew. It can also carry 50 fighter jets and 6 helicopters. The carrier passed through Forouzan oil platforms and Farsi Island.

Iran’s Navy launched a massive 10-day naval exercise, codenamed “Velayat 90”, on December 24. The drill covers an area stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.

Major General Salehi said the experiences of Iran’s Navy such as its presence in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea have enhanced the combat power of the Iranian forces.

“Our actions in sea are neither passive nor aggressive, but are rather aimed at training in free waters and safeguarding the interests of Iran and Islamic countries,” the Iranian commander added.

Over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The country has repeatedly clarified that its military might is merely based on the nation’s defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.

Source: Press TV