Turkey continues artillery shelling, govt seeks parliament approval for military action

Howitzers artillery pieces are seen at a Turkish military camp near the Turkey-Iraq border, in the province of Sirnak, southeast Turkey, 28 October 2007.(AFP Photo / Mustafa Ozer)

Turkey’s military continues to shell Syria while the government awaits parliamentary approval for military operations on its neighbor’s territory after five Turkish civilians were allegedly killed by casual fire from Syria.

Several Syrian soldiers have been killed in artillery shelling from Turkish territory on Thursday night, reports the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Ankara has confirmed it is firing on positions of the Syrian military. Artillery strikes have been made early on Thursday morning targeting the Tel Abyad district 10 km inside Syrian territory.

Turkish authorities have written to the UN Security Council on Thursday about the alleged shelling of its territory from Syria.

In a letter addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ankara classifies Syria’s actions as “an act of aggression from Syria against Turkey” and has demanded measures be taken against Damascus to ensure the territorial integrity and security of Turkey. Continue reading

Turkey strikes Syrian targets retaliating to mortar attack on border

The explosion area after several Syrian shells crashed inside Akcakale town in Turkey people on October 3, 2012, in Sanliurfa. (AFP Photo / Rauf Maltas /Anatolia)

Turkey has fired back at Syria after Syrian mortar bombs killed five people and wounded eight others in a Turkish town near the border, says the Turkish Prime Minister’s office. NATO schedules an urgent meeting to be held later in the day.

Our armed forces in the border region immediately retaliated against this heinous attack… by shelling the targets spotted by radar,” Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s office said in a statement.

Turkey will never leave unanswered such kinds of provocation by the Syrian regime against our national security,” the office added. According to Syrian media, Turkish artillery hit targets in the province of Idlib.

In the official statement, NATO urged Syria to put end to “flagrant violations of international law,” saying that it stands by Turkey, Reuters reported.

Turkey is now deploying tanks, artillery and missile batteries to the Syria border, reports Mahir Zeynalov, a journalist with the prominent Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman, citing sources on the ground.

NATO ambassadors are to convene later in the day to discuss the shelling of the Turkish town. The meeting will be held under NATO Article 4, for consultations when a member state feels territorial integrity is under threat, officials say. Continue reading

Iran is not afraid of hollow threat by a bunch of Zionists

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) speaking to Japanese broadcasting organization NHK in New York on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has downplayed the Israeli regime’s threatening remarks against the Islamic Republic.

“Iran is a great country, which, throughout history, has repeatedly been subjected to attacks, but has always fared [well] through tough periods,” he said, speaking to Japanese broadcasting organization NHK on the sidelines of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the president’s official website reported on Tuesday.

“And, today, [the country] is not afraid of hollow threat by a bunch of Zionists either,” Ahmadinejad added.

The US and Israel have repeatedly threatened to take military action against Iran in order to force the Islamic Republic to halt its uranium enrichment program, which Washington and Tel Aviv claim includes a military component.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.  Continue reading

Iran in full command of Persian Gulf region: MP

 

Iranian naval vessels during a military drill near the Strait of Hormuz (file photo)

An Iranian lawmaker says the upcoming war games by the United States and 20 other countries near the Persian Gulf will not have the slightest impact on the power of the Islamic Republic since Iran is fully in command of the region.

“Holding the maneuver certainly aims to boost morale among Western powers and some of their agents in the region. They are fighting tooth and nail to display their power to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Vahid Ahmadi said on Wednesday.

The US has announced that it would hold demining drills near the Persian Gulf in cooperation with 20 other countries on September 16-27.

On Wednesday, Navy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi warned that should the US attempt the folly of staging an act of aggression in the Persian Gulf, such military action will cost the lives of all the American forces engaged. Continue reading

Israeli attack will meet Iran’s great response: Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah says he does not believe Israel will attack Iran in the “foreseeable future,” warning that Tehran’s response to any potential assault will anyway be “great.”

“Personally, I do not expect the Israeli enemy – at least in the coming months or foreseeable future – (to wage) an attack on the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Nasrallah said in an interview with the Beirut-based Al Mayadeen television on Monday.

“A decision has been taken to respond and the response will be very great,” Nasrallah added.

“The response will not be just inside the Israeli entity – American bases in the whole region could be Iranian targets… If Israel targets Iran, America bears responsibility,” the Hezbollah leader said.

Nasrallah added that there were disagreements among Israeli officials over attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities.  Continue reading

Netanyahu has lost his wits over Iran: Mofaz

israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and leader of the Kadima party Shaul Mofaz (file photo).

he leader of the Israeli opposition party Kadima has blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his war rhetoric against Iran, saying the hawkish premier has “lost his wits”.

“He seems to have lost his wits, and rather than making thought-out, responsible decisions, he is creating the sense of an impending war,” Shaul Mofaz said Sunday, following his last week’s meeting with Netanyahu where they discussed Iran.

Netanyahu seemed “confused, stressed out and unfocused” over the issue of Iran, Mofaz added.

“The prime minister has lost the faith of the security chiefs, United States President [Barack] Obama, and [Israeli] President Shimon Peres,” said Mofaz. “This is a bankrupt leadership.” Continue reading

Iran to give crushing response to Israel aggression: Rezaei

Iran says its response to a possible Israeli attack will be crushing.

Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei says Iran’s military is fully prepared to give a crushing response Israel if it dares to launch a military strike against the Islamic Republic.

“If the Zionists (in Israel) commit the folly and attack Iran, they will receive a crushing response from Islamic Republic’s armed forces which will lead to their annihilation,” Rezaei said on Monday.

Outgoing Israeli Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai claimed on August 12 that the Tel Aviv regime is prepared for a ‘30-day war’ with Iran.

Rezaei further noted that the warmongering statements by Israeli officials are aimed at overshadowing the importance of Quds Day as well as the forthcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran in late August.

In August 1979, the late founder of the Islamic Republic Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day, and called on Muslims across the world to mark the annual occasion by holding street rallies.

Stating that the Zionist regime of Israel is making attempts to downplay the international effects of the NAM summit, the Iranian official said the recent threats by the Zionist regime’s officials about attacking Iran are ‘psychological warfare’ and not real.

The 16th summit of the NAM member states will be held on August 26-31 in the Iranian capital during which the Islamic Republic will assume the rotating presidency of the movement for three years.

Source: Press TV

Iranian Ayatollah: “War Within Weeks”

Iran prepared for strike on nuclear facilities in September or October

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told top Iranian military chiefs to expect “war within weeks,” at a recent war council meeting, according to israeli news outlet DebkaFile.

“While retaliation had been exhaustively drilled in regular military exercises in the past year, Khamenei ordered the biggest fortification project in Iran’s history to save its nuclear program from even the mightiest of America’s super-weapons. Rocks are being gathered from afar, piled on key nuclear installations, covered with many tons of poured concrete and finally plated with steel,” states the report.

Despite more substantive reports speculating that any decision to attack Iran on behalf of Israel had been delayed until spring 2013, a parallel narrative that a military strike could take place in September or October has been doing the rounds more recently. Continue reading

American, British, Israeli and Iranian Warships Sailing Towards Confrontation

WHAT COULD GO WRONG ?

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Tensions Between U.S., Israeli, British and Iranian Warships

Source: Washington Blog, Infowars.com

The U.S. and Israel are conducting their largest-ever joint warfare exercises near Iran. And see this.

England is sending its most advanced ship – the HMS Daring – to the region.

Only days after finishing its last wargames in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran has announced another set of wargames in February.

What Could Go Wrong?

Looking behind the headlines:
-The people pushing for war against Iran are the same neocons who pushed for war against Iraq. See this and this.

-China and Russia have warned that attacking Iran could lead to World War III.

-War against Iran was planned at least 20 years ago.

-The U.S. has been claiming for more than 30 years that Iran was on the verge of nuclear capability (and the U.S. apparently helped fund the Iranian nuclear program.)

-The sinking of the USS Maine, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and other justifications for past wars have turned out to be false. Similarly, a number of high-level intelligence officials and politicians have said that the U.S. would fake a provocation and blame it on Iran as a casus belli. For example, Ron Paul haswarned of a “Gulf of Tonkin type incident” in Iran, and Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh says many ideas have been proposed for provoking a war, including building boats that look like Iranian boats, and then putting Navy Seals on them to “start a shoot-up”

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