Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s landing in Moscow on Thursday, May 31, was preceded by stealthy Iranian and Hizballah moves into three strategic locations facing Israel’s Golan border. Hizballah troops at the nearest point are disguised in Syrian army uniforms, in respect of the Russian narrative, articulated this week by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, that only Syrian government forces should stand on the Israeli border.
Lieberman held critical talks with his Russian counterpart, Gen. Sergei Shoigu, on Thursday. He was accompanied by Military Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Tamir Hainman and the defense ministry’s senior security adviser Zohar Palti. Those talks were more pressing than ever, given the Iranian/Hizballah rapid advance on the Quneitra region just ahead of his arrival in Moscow.
That force first took up position on the hills surrounding this Syrian Golan town at Tal Misbih, Tal Arbad, Tal Marez, Tal Ghasm and Tal Ghashim. It then split into three parts. DEBKAfile’s military sources report. One element pulled back to the Syrian army’s 10th armored division base at Qatana, midway between Quneitra and Damascus, leaving the Iranian-Hizballah command post behind at Khan Arnabah. A third element of the Iran-led force branched north to the village of Khadar opposite the IDF’s Mt Hermon outpost west of Majdal Shams. These Hizballah troops, who are posted at the closest point to the Israeli border, were disguised in the uniforms of the Syrian 4th Division and 12th Brigade. From Khadar and the surrounding mountain villages, Hizballah has a close-up overview for the surveillance of Israel’s Golan outposts and border defenses…more
PM Hariri announces deployment of additional Lebanese Armed Forces on southern border with Israel; EU, France and UK pledge funds to support LAF.
Lebanon announced on Thursday that it would deploy additional troops to its southern border with Israel in efforts to avoid future conflict with Hezbollah.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri confirmed the deployment following a meeting in Rome on Thursday. The meeting was centered on raising funds to build up and support the Lebanese Armed Forces, representatives from 40 countries, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterre and representation from the European Union in attendance…. more
Russia, Turkey & Iran to hold summit on Syria next week Presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia to meet on Syria and regional developments next week; Russia vetoes renewing UN inquiry on Syrian army chemical weapons attacks; Russia: We condemn chemical weapons use, Nov. 17, 2017…. read more
The leaders of these nations are coming together to have a talk on Syria. If nothing else this shows who is in control of Syria.
Before this meeting-
Last week, Iran finalized its takeover of Lebanon when Hariri resigned, and reportedly fled to Saudi Arabia…. read more
Iran has taken over Lebanon because the “Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri” left Lebanon and went to Saudi Arabia. Hezbollah is Iran’s proxy and “effectively controls Lebanon.“… read more
Majority of member state representatives attend emergency meeting in Cairo; Arab League condemns Iran, officially refers to Hezbollah as “terrorist organization”; Lebanon claims “Israeli aggression” and “right of the Lebanese to resist it and foil its plans by all available means”, Nov. 20, 2017.
The Arab League held an emergency meeting in Cairo Sunday, the meeting centered on Iran and its destabilization of the region and Hezbollah.
The meeting was arranged by Saudi Arabia with majority of member states sending ministers and diplomats to Cairo. Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain endorsed and supported the meeting.
Officials focused on Iran and its proxies in the region, mainly Hezbollah, which the League officially condemned as a “terrorist organization”, as well as Houthi rebels in Yemen and Iranian forces in Syria…. read more
EIRUT – The Lebanese president appeared to defend Hezbollah as necessary to resist Israel on Monday, after an Arab League statement accused the group of terrorism and noted it is part of Lebanon’s coalition government.
“Israeli targeting still continues and it is the right of the Lebanese to resist it and foil its plans by all available means,” President Michel Aoun’s office quoted him as saying in a Tweet.
The heavily armed Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah, formed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, fought Israel’s occupation of Lebanon in the early 1980s and says its weapons are still needed against Israel.
Saudi Arabia, a regional rival of Iran, opposes Hezbollah’s role as a military force in Syria and has accused it of helping the Houthi group in Yemen and militants in Bahrain…. read more
Egyptian president vocalizes support for ally S. Arabia; Refers to Gulf security as “redline”; Sisi: We don’t need any new complications involving Iran or Hezbollah so we don’t add new challenges to the region, Nov. 9, 2017.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vocalized support for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, warning against military action on Iran and calling for de-escalation of tensions.
Sisi addressed the recent tensions between Saudi Arabia with Iran and Hezbollah after Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile from Yemen directed at the country’s capital city, Riyadh, on Saturday night. The missile’s target was the King Khaled Airport. Saudi Arabia responded by closing all sea, land and airports to Yemen…. read more
Most extensive exercise of drill held Tuesday with war scenarios from northern borders past Galilee region; Drill to continue through Thursday; IDF: We’re adapting the improvements to the challenges that we see in the context of the northern region and Hezbollah. (Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit), September 12, 2017.
The Israel Defense Forces, navy and Air Force continued its largest military drill in nearly two decades on Tuesday, conducting exercises in the north of Israel, from its borders to south of the Galilee region…. read more
Debkafile: Surveillance spotters saw them moving around 2 km from the Golan border, the closest hostile Iranian and Hizballah troops have ever come to Israel’s border with Syria.
They were brought over from their base at Khan Arnaba, 6km east of the Golan. Our sources report that the “administration center” is a military-civil body established by the Russians for managing the Quneitra de-escalation zone, one of four President Donald Trump and Putin agreed to establish in Syria …
Russian officers in civvies were seen driving Iranian and Hizballah officers, also in civilian garb, into the town of Quneitra and settling them in the building that houses the “administration center.”… read more