RUSSIA has deployed nuclear missiles right on its frontier with Europe as Vladimir Putin sends a message to NATO.
By Henry Holloway / Published 6th February 2018
Nuclear-capable missiles were confirmed to have been shipped into the Kaliningrad enclave yesterday by Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite.
Putin’s eastern-most territory, the small patch of land lies separate the rest of Russia, and sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland.
Russia’s new missile deployment has been warned to pose a major threat amid tensions between Putin and the West.
However, Moscow hit back claiming the move is a matter of concern only for Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “I want to remind you that the placement of particular armaments and the deployment of specific military units on Russian territory are solely the sovereign issue of Russia.”
A huge military exercise has been staged in the Kamchatka region of far eastern Russian, where more than 1,000 Russian infantrymen from the National Guard of the Russian Federation took part in drills and training.
NATO commanders believe the 6,000 square mile region is one of the most strategically essential in the entirety of Europe.
It is the most militarised zone on the continent and is home to missiles, tanks, warships, soldiers, bases and listening posts.
Lithuania’s intelligence agencies revealed the Iskander missile launchers had been deployed into Kaliningrad.
The region is well known for hosting war games, but defence minister Raimundas Karoblis said “this time the situation is different”.
Short-range and nuclear capable, the missiles would play a key role in any war with NATO – and Karoblis said they appear to being stationed permanently.
President Grybauskaite said: “Iskander missiles are being stationed in Kaliningrad for permanent presence as we speak.
“This is not just a threat to Lithuania, but to half of all European countries.”
NATO battalions are often station in Lithuania, with a German-led force currently on alert in the nation.
Wuensdorf housed a Russian military base until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Situated 50kms south of Berlin, the site now lies derelict, although photographers can gain access for a small fee.
Putin’s defence boss Vladimir Shamanov confirmed the missiles deployment and claimed it was in response to a NATO build-up near Russia.
It is the latest move in an escalation of tension between the two, with Britain’s top general warning Putin is now a “clear and present danger” in a bombshell report last month.
NATO and Russia routinely accuse the other of aggression while they punch and counterpunch in shifting thousands of troops along with tanks, warplanes and warships to the border of Europe.
Former Head of IDF Intelligence Amos Yadlin. Photo: Wikimedia
Israel and the Islamic Republic of Iran are on a collision course, a leading expert said on Sunday in the wake of Saturday’s clash between the Jewish state and forces loyal to Iran in neighboring Syria.
There is “a major strategic clash on the horizon,” said Amos Yadlin, the former head of IDF Intelligence and Executive Director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).
Yadlin made his comments to the Hebrew-language daily Maariv the day after Israel shot down an Iranian drone over its territory and then retaliated with major airstrikes in Syria.
“We are speaking about an attempt that has never been made before,” Yadlin said of the drone infiltration, and added that the likely motivation was Iran’s desire to prevent Israel’s ongoing attempts to prevent weapons transfers to the Hezbollah terrorist organization in Lebanon.
“The Iranians are not satisfied with the freedom of action Israel has taken and thus wanted to show Israel that it is also capable of attacking [Israeli] territory,” Yadlin commented.
The Iranians hoped that Israel would not respond to the escalation, but were quickly proven wrong.
“There is no other air force in the world capable of achieving a goal like this within two hours,” Yadlin said of Israel’s response.
Following the incident, Yadlin stated, Israel is now “stuck in a difficult dilemma between whether to act preemptively or wait for the coming war. The Israeli cabinet must sit and examine whether the precision-guided missiles in Syria justify a preemptive operation that could lead us to war.”
For now, he added, the Israeli government appears to be dealing with Iran’s actions in Syria “on a case-by-case basis.”
The Algemeiner reported on Saturday that Yadlin stated in a conference call that the ongoing conflict is born of “Iran’s determination to build a force in Syria, and Israel’s determination not to let them.”
A former IAF pilot, Yadlin took part in 1981’s legendary Operation Opera, which destroyed Iraq’s nuclear facility in Osirak.
Speaking to Mida magazine, the former head of the IDF Intelligence Research Division Yossi Kuperwasser sounded a more optimistic note, saying of the Israeli retaliation, “There was an impressive Israeli demonstration of force, and we managed to send a clear message to the Iranians, as well as to the Syrians and Hezbollah. We wrought tremendous damage upon Syria’s air defenses and attacked at least four Iranian targets. We made it clear to Iran that we have enough capabilities to act decisively against their attempts to establish new rules of the game in the region.”
Kuperwasser added that he felt Iran was now sufficiently deterred from attacking Israel. “Iran thought it would prove to the United States and especially to Europe that they had better not change the nuclear agreement because Tehran is afraid of no one. It did not really work out for them because they now understand that they had better not get involved with Israel,” he said.
A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Rev 6:12)
A Look at the Tri-State’s Active Fault Line
Monday, March 14, 2011
The Ramapo Fault is the longest fault in the Northeast that occasionally makes local headlines when minor tremors cause rock the Tri-State region. It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.
In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.
“There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,” said Robinson. “There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.”
Robinson said the Ramapo has on occasion registered a measurable quake but has not caused damage: “The Ramapo fault is associated with geological activities back 200 million years ago, but it’s still a little creaky now and again,” he said.
“More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.
Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.
“Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.
AhlulBayt News Agency – ABNA
(AhlulBayt News Agency) – Head of the National Wisdom Movement of Iraq Ammar Hakim says Iran is the most reliable supporter of Iraq in political and security fields, stressing that it must take part in Iraq reconstruction.
Attending a ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iraqi capital Baghdad, with Iranian ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi in attendance, Ammar Hakim gave a speech about the different dimensions of Imam Khomeini’s personality and the wise leadership of the Iran’s Leader and the unique characteristics of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.
Hakim hailed the achievements of the Islamic Revolution in Iran saying “the Islamic Revolution of Iran has maintained its revolutionary character after 39 years,” relating it to the wise leadership of Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Later in his remarks he said that both Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei had a profound understanding of the Iraq.
Referring to the relations between Iran and Iraq, the head of the Iraqi National Wisdom Movement described Iran-Iraq relations as ‘special’ adding that no other country’s leaders have lived in Iraq as the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Hakim stated that “over the past 14 years, Iran has always been the most important, the most powerful and the most serious supporter of Iraq in the political and security areas and the fight against ISIS,” stressing the necessity of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s presence in the reconstruction process of post-ISIS Iraq.
The head of Iraqi National Wisdom Movement concluded that the Iran’s Islamic Revolution belongs to every Islamic nation and the whole nations in the world.