Obama threatens to attack Syria


US President Barack Obama has a stern warning for the country of Syria. In an address made early Monday, the commander-in-chief confirmed that he has not ruled out an offensive strike on Bashar al-Assad and his regime.

Speaking from the White House, President Obama said that if Syria were to deploy chemical or biological weapons, the United States will follow through with its threat of launching an attack.

Responding to a question about America’s current attitudes towards Assad, Obama said that the United States will not tolerate any efforts to allow Syria or any other countries to use weapons of mass destruction.

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” the president said. “That would change my equation. . . . We’re monitoring that situation very carefully. We have put together a range of contingency plans.”

“We cannot have a situation in which chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,”Mr. Obama added. “We have put together a range of contingency plans. We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that’s a red line for us.”

Obama added to reporters that his warning doesn’t apply only to Syria, either, but that the United States could consider maneuver with or against any other country that is considering chemical warfare.

“It doesn’t just include Syria. It would concern allies in the region, including Israel, and it would concern us,” President Obama said.

“At this point,” Mr. Obama said, “the likelihood of a soft landing seems pretty distant.”

Last month, Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi told reporters that his country will not use chemical weapons amid a months-long standoff with anti-Assad rebels. He did, however, admit that Syria has access to such warheads and could deploy them upon further developments.

“All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression,” Makdissi said.

[Editor’s note: We can also assume that US could be tempted by a FalseFlag attack in Syria using chemical weapons blamed on Assad Governement Forces to trigger a forced military intervention. As a mater of fact They obviously supplied FSA Terrorists with such chemical weapons as we mentioned earlier Here, Here and Here.]

Israel will attack Iran if May 23 nuke talks fail: report

An Israeli F-15 takes off at the Hatzerim Air Force Base near the southern Israeli city of Beersheba in this 2008 file photo. AP photo

Israel is ready to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities in the event that May 23 nuclear talks in Baghdad fail to bear results, daily Milliyet reported today.

Milliyet’s report cited Israeli broadcaster Channel 10 as its source, which claims to have interviewed Israeli military officers in recent weeks to reveal the details of a planned attack on Iran.

Dozens of Israeli strike bombers, escort fighters, tanker planes, electronic warfare planes and rescue helicopters are to take part in an operation aimed at crippling Iran’s nuclear program, Channel 10 reportedly said.

F-15E “Strike Eagle” warplanes are expected to spearhead the attack on Iran as they are the planes with the longest operational range in the Israeli Air Force, the report said. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) called “Eitans,” or “Herons,” are also reportedly set to participate in the attack. Continue reading

Libyan rebel chief warns Egypt over pro-Gaddafi TV

(Reuters) – A powerful Libyan militia leader warned Egypt on Saturday he would use force to close its embassy and shut the border if the military rulers failed to cut off a Gaddafi-era state television station that has broadcast footage of his old speeches.

Abdullah Naker, the commander of Tripoli’s Revolutionist Council, said Egypt’s Nilesat satellite broadcaster had allowed Muammar Gaddafi’s official Al Jamahiriya station to broadcast last week.

The station had no signal on Saturday, but residents in Tripoli said they had watched the channel, which had the same name and logo as Al Jamahiriya, broadcasting on Friday.

Naker said the channel was funded by businessmen loyal to the leader who was killed in October and started broadcasting last week. Continue reading