Israel Tries to Stop the Shia Crescent

Iran’s Straight Faced Lies


Iran denies Trump’s claims it sponsors terrorism
By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
May 30, 2017
Iran on Monday dismissed US President Donald Trump’s allegations that it is a major sponsor of terrorism as “incorrect and irrelevant.”
Trump, during his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, accused Tehran of spearheading global terror. Along with Saudi King Salman he called for the Islamic Republic to be shunned.
“From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region,” Trump said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi dismissed the accusations during a press briefing.
“These improper, incorrect and irrelevant positions of certain countries are nothing new and they try to project the blame on others and such remarks are unbelievable and unacceptable,” he said.
According to the Fars news agency, Qassemi also questioned how Tehran could be a sponsor of terror when it had just recently proven to the world its democratic bona fides with its presidential elections.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed Saturday that Saudi Arabia’s monarchy faces “certain downfall” for aligning itself with the US and that its regime could be toppled sooner rather than later.
“They will be gone, they can be toppled and can perish [or be destroyed]… there is no doubt about it… it is certain that it will happen,” Khamnei said during a religious gathering in comments translated from Persian.
In further scathing remarks against Riyadh, Khamenei said the Muslim world has been placed in “grave danger” by “a group of worthless, inept and villainous people [who] are ruling over a community of the Muslim nation, namely the Saudi government.”
Khamenei also said that Saudi Arabia is a “cow being milked” by the United States, a week after the kingdom signed an $110 billion weapons deal with Trump during his visit last Saturday. Private sector and other agreements with the US totaled some $350 billion.
Majority Shiite Iran and predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia support opposite sites in the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East.
AP contributed to this report.

Israel May Be Planning A Nuclear Attack On Syria

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Surprising Videos:Israel Plans A Nuclear Attack On Syria;Russia Summons The Israeli Ambassador To Moscow For Clarification

We know Syria has decided to fight it out with Israel despite the 2013 nuclear attack the world continues to deny. We know Israel who admits to giving medical treatment to ISIS has been moving jihadists through Jordan for years, arming and training ISIS and supplies its intelligence, communications and even air support. Denying this is insanity.Everyone knows Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States finance ISIS, recruit for them, arm them and keep other nations from effectively opposing them.
Those other nations include not just the United States but perhaps Russia as well. Israel is terrified of ISIS being defeated. This means Hezbollah returns to Lebanon, victorious in war and able to stand up to the Israeli onslaughts that are staged whenever Israel’s internal politics demand a whipping boy outside the country.Bombing Palestinians and whipping up hatred at home against them and the the few remaining Christians inside Greater Israel and the Occupied Territories is a useful narrative that Saudi Arabia, in particular, has played a part in all along.When did the Saudi/Israeli alliance begin? Some believe long before the 1973 war and the oil embargo against the United States. The Saudi’s have been playing a double game that long. Yesterday’s Israeli bombing attacks aimed at the Syrian Arab Army and its Russian advisers at Palmyra, a battlefield with no Hezbollah forces whatsoever, has to be “enough” for Russia.
Back on May 2, 2013, SyriaNews reported an Israeli submarine sunk off the coast of Latakia. Their mission was to pick up IDF commandos tasked with planting communications relays to support a false narrative that the Syrian Army was using sarin gas, in order to force the United States into war.
Two days later, Israel staged a bombing attack outside Damascus using a tactical nuclear weapon, and this is not conjecture. It is time the world community and Russia began dealing with this and the likelihood that Israel is going to do the same thing again, against Syria, against Lebanon and do it with full complicity of Donald Trump.
Nuclear Attack
VT submitted the video above to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency and University of California at Los Alamos. They confirmed that the presence of ball lightning is an indicator of a nuclear weapon, nothing else can cause this, though there were many other observable factors that made this a nuclear explosion as well.
If you think Syria was Israel’s only nuclear target, watch the video below. This attack was confirmed by the IAEA as well who observed the video and found “slam dunk” proof of a tactical nuclear weapon strike. Attempts were made, unsuccessfully, by the IAEA to get soil samples, needed within 72 hours, from the site but their inspectors were blocked by Saudi Arabia.
Those other nations include not just the United States but perhaps Russia as well. Israel is terrified of ISIS being defeated. This means Hezbollah returns to Lebanon, victorious in war and able to stand up to the Israeli onslaughts that are staged whenever Israel’s internal politics demand a whipping boy outside the country.
Bombing Palestinians and whipping up hatred at home against them and the the few remaining Christians inside Greater Israel and the Occupied Territories is a useful narrative that Saudi Arabia, in particular, has played a part in all along.
When did the Saudi/Israeli alliance begin? Some believe long before the 1973 war and the oil embargo against the United States. The Saudi’s have been playing a double game that long.
Yesterday’s Israeli bombing attacks aimed at the Syrian Arab Army and its Russian advisers at Palmyra, a battlefield with no Hezbollah forces whatsoever, has to be “enough” for Russia.
Back on May 2, 2013, SyriaNews reported an Israeli submarine sunk off the coast of Latakia. Their mission was to pick up IDF commandos tasked with planting communications relays to support a false narrative that the Syrian Army was using sarin gas, in order to force the United States into war.
Two days later, Israel staged a bombing attack outside Damascus using a tactical nuclear weapon, and this is not conjecture. It is time the world community and Russia began dealing with this and the likelihood that Israel is going to do the same thing again, against Syria, against Lebanon and do it with full complicity of Donald Trump.
Nuclear Attack
VT submitted the video above to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency and University of California at Los Alamos. They confirmed that the presence of ball lightning is an indicator of a nuclear weapon, nothing else can cause this, though there were many other observable factors that made this a nuclear explosion as well.
If you think Syria was Israel’s only nuclear target, watch the video below. This attack was confirmed by the IAEA as well who observed the video and found “slam dunk” proof of a tactical nuclear weapon strike. Attempts were made, unsuccessfully, by the IAEA to get soil samples, needed within 72 hours, from the site but their inspectors were blocked by Saudi Arabia.

The True Cost For The Nobel Peace Prize (Daniel 4)

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Former Ambassador: Obama Allowing Slaughter in Syria to Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal

In an op-ed at the Atlantic Council, former ambassador Frederic C. Hof condemns President Barack Obama’s “passivity” during the bloody conflict in Syria, both on the battlefield and before the public eye, for the sake of preserving the Iran nuclear deal.
The administration’s failure to defend “a single Syrian civilian from the Assad-Russia-Iran onslaught,” he writes, “may well serve to define Mr. Obama—accomplishments at home and abroad notwithstanding—as a failed president.”
Hof continues, about White House press secretary Josh Earnest:

In his August 25, 2016 press briefing Mr. Earnest was asked about the administration’s failure to protect Syrian civilians in the face of what he described as the Assad regime’s “unconscionable use of violence against civilians.” He clarified, using language that defines vacuity, the administration’s policy as follows: “But our approach to the Assad regime has been to make clear that they’ve lost legitimacy to lead that country.” Claiming, in a sentence that defines wishful thinking, that “Russia shares this assessment,” Earnest suggested that the way forward toward ending mass murder is for Moscow to live up to its commitments and rein-in its homicidal client. He did not mention Russia’s own growing portfolio of war crimes in Syria.

In fact the administration’s policy toward Assad Syria (as opposed to ISIS Syria) rests on its desire to accommodate Iran—a full partner in Assad’s collective punishment survival strategy—so that the July 14, 2015 nuclear agreement can survive the Obama presidency. In the case of ISIS, Earnest noted with evident pride that the United States has put boots on the ground in eastern Syria and is at war with a loathsome terrorist group. In the case of offering Syrian civilians not the slightest modicum of protection from Assad, however, Mr. Earnest had an excuse evidently not applicable to ISIS: Iraq 2003.
According to Earnest, “We’ve got a test case just over the border in Iraq about what the consequences are for the United States implementing a regime-change policy and trying to impose a military solution on the situation.” Warming to the subject, Mr. Earnest went on to say, “And look, there are some people who do suggest that somehow the United States should invade Syria.”
Shame on a news media that consistently permits this dissembling to go unchallenged. Mr. Earnest, if asked, would be unable to name anyone counseling the invasion of Syria. Mr. Earnest would be unable, if asked, to explain why limited military measures designed to end Assad’s mass murder free ride—such as that offered by the 51 dissenting State Department officers—amounts to “regime-change” and “trying to impose a military solution.” Indeed, if challenged, Mr. Earnest would be required to retract his subsequent false claim that no critic of the president’s Syria policy has ever offered specific, operationally feasible alternatives to a catastrophe-producing approach.

Iran Prepared To Annihilate Israel


Iranians Have 100,000 Missiles In Lebanon Ready To Hit Israel

Toni LivakBy Toni Livak
Posted: 07/4/2016 2:00 AM EDT 

Based on Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the IRGC, “the chance to destroy Israel is now higher than ever.”

Talking in Tehran on Saturday at an iftar meal breaking the Ramadan fast, Rouhani mentioned the pre-Iran nuclear-deal period is past and Iran now must benefit from the brand new environment to pursue its “nationwide pursuits more than before,” Iran’s Islamic Republic Information Company reported.

The nation’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for student associations to determine a “unified anti-US and anti-Zionist entrance” among the many Muslim world’s college students, Tasnim Information Company reported.

“By utilizing superior technique of communication and in our on-line world, basic campaigns might be fashioned by Muslim college students primarily based on the opposition to the insurance policies of the US and the Zionist regime of Israel so that when needed, thousands and thousands of younger Muslim college students create a giant movement within the Islamic world,” he mentioned.
Khamenei additionally warned against plots by enemies seeking to sabotage the nation.
Individually, on Saturday, Fars Information Company reported a senior official of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards as having mentioned Israel’s Iran Dome anti-rocket system has vulnerabilities that had been revealed in current wars.

Obama Nobely Apologizes For Just A Peace Of His Murders (Ezekiel 17)

U.S. claims drones only killed 116 civilians; experts say it’s way more

Journalists and rights experts say the Obama admin.’s report on drone strikes is understated and lacks transparency

U.S. claims drones only killed 116 civilians; experts say it's way more
A Yemeni man walks past graffiti denouncing U.S. drone strikes, painted on a wall in Sana’a, Yemen on Nov. 13, 2014 (Credit: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)
According to the Obama administration, just 64 to 116 civilians have been killed in its secretive drone program.

The U.S. government published a report on Friday, July 1 that claims that the counter-terrorism airstrikes it conducted outside of conventional war zones between January 2009 and the end of 2015 only killed scores of so-called non-combatants.

Experts say the number is likely much higher.

The report, issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, analyzes 473 U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, the vast majority of which were carried out by drones. It says 2,372 to 2,581 combatants were killed in these attacks.

The U.S. government is not clear about how it defines combatant. The New York Times reported in 2012 that President “Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties” that “in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.”
For years, the U.N., Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have criticized the U.S. government’s secrecy in its drone assassination program, and have even implied that the Obama administration may be guilty of war crimes.

President Obama touted the report on Friday as a sign of his administration’s commitment to transparency. Yet scholars, journalists and human rights officials who have long monitored the drone program are worried that the investigation’s findings are drastically understated.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been one of the leading forces in the documentation of drone casualties. In a statement, the organization noted that the U.S. government’s figures are a mere “fraction” of what its detailed research has found.

The organization used reports by local and international journalists, NGO investigations, leaked government documents, court papers and the results of field investigations to analyze the U.S. drone strikes that took place in this 2009 to 2015 period.

It found that at least 380 to 801 civilians were killed, several times more than the Obama administration’s 64 to 116 estimate. And this is still a conservative estimate, based primarily on cautious media reporting.

Salon reached out to Jack Serle, a reporter at the Bureau who specializes in the drone program.
“This data release is a welcome step towards greater transparency,” Serle said. “However, we still don’t have information on specific strikes, in particular several attacks that killed significant numbers of civilians, according to our monitoring. This makes it impossible to reconcile our civilian casualty figures with theirs.”

“The White House hasn’t even broken down the figures by year or by country, leaving us none the wiser as to how the drone war has progressed since the first strike of Obama’s presidency, on Jan. 23, 2009, killed at least nine civilians,” Serle added. The new U.S. president accepted his Nobel Peace Prize just the month before this attack.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism published an article on Friday in response to the new report, detailing its findings and methodology and comparing them to those of the U.S. government.

Human rights officials

After the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its report, President Obama also issued an executive order calling on the government to report on civilian casualties every year and to offer condolences to families hurt by U.S. strikes.

Human rights officials applauded the administration for the executive order, but still have numerous concerns.

Laura Pitter, senior U.S. national security counsel at Human Rights Watch, told Salon that she, too, is skeptical of the government’s casualty figures.

“It is very hard to assess the accuracy of their numbers because they are not broken down by year or even country,” she said.

“The U.S. has failed to explain who it targets and why, making it impossible to corroborate its casualty figures,” she added. “Unless details are provided on specific incidents, it’s not possible to determine if individuals killed were civilians, and thus whether the U.S. is complying with its own policy and with international law.”

Human Rights Watch conducted its own independent investigations into some of the U.S. drone strikes that took place in Yemen between 2009 and 2013, Pitter told Salon. The human rights organization concluded that more than 50 non-combatants were killed in these attacks alone, and this is a conservative estimate based on only a portion of the U.S. drone strikes that took place in one country.

The vast majority of U.S. drone strikes have taken place in Pakistan, not Yemen.
Pitter also pointed out that the fact that the U.S. government is providing a large range of civilian casualties, and not a specific number, indicates that it itself is not even 100 percent sure.
“It is hard to put much stock in them,” she said.

Secret government documents leaked to The Intercept by a whistleblower show that, according to official figures, 90 percent of people killed in U.S. drone strikes in a five-month period in provinces on Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan were not the intended targets.

The Obama administration’s new report excludes drone strikes conducted in “areas of active hostilities” such as Afghanistan from its figures.

Britain Prepares For Next ISIS Terror Attack (Daniel 8:4)

Fears of nuclear terror attack grow amid call for UK homes to be sent anti-radiation pills

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NUCLEAR safety experts are calling for households in the UK to be supplied with anti-radiation pills as fears grow of the potential for terrorists to strike highly-sensitive sites around the country.

PUBLISHED: 16:00, Tue, May 31, 2016 | UPDATED: 17:10, Tue, May 31, 2016
 
Analysis for the Nuclear-Free Local Authorities (NFLA) found nuclear facilities at Faslane – where the UK stations its Trident missile system – was vulnerable to attack.
Sensitive nuclear sites at Hunterston, Torness and Dounreay are also at risk, the study claims.
More worrying still, UK authorities were deemed to be underestimating the risk of devastating terrorist attacks.
Such is the fear of an attack that the NFLA is demanding anti-radiation pills be distributed to households in Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounding areas.
The medication is a preventative measure which would help protect people from a radiation leak – either accidental or a deliberate attack.
The report on nuclear security, compiled by Dr David Lowry, a senior research fellow with the US Institute for Resource and Security Studies, argues that nuclear materials transported by road, rail, sea and air are also potential targets.
He said: “The main consequences would be, whatever the level of attack, mass public panic and sensationalist media reportage.
“We would inevitably see total road gridlock, as everyone tries to flee by car en masse at once.”
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UK authorities were deemed to be underestimating the risk

Drones could carry shaped charges, poison gas, booby traps or decoys, and could come individually or in large groups.
The report said: “One heavily laden small drone could probably travel at least 20mph with a load of 5-10kg.
“Just one 5kg shaped charge can penetrate 0.75 metres of reinforced concrete, or 0.25 meters of steel.”
Anti-radiation pills

The NFLA is demanding anti-radiation pills be distributed to households in Glasgow and Edinburgh

The second report for NFLA, written by Dr Ian Fairlie, an independent radiation scientist, focuses on the stable iodine tablets that can prevent radiation poisoning after some nuclear accidents.
Several other European countries distribute the pills across a wide area, but in Scotland they are only given to residents who live within two or three kilometres of nuclear plants.
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Drones could carry shaped charges, poison gas, booby traps or decoys

A Scottish government spokesman said iodine tablets had been distributed to households in designated emergency planning zones around nuclear stations.
There were also stockpiles of iodine tablets in Scotland “which can be distributed to the site of an incident to treat the affected population as required”.
A spokeswoman for the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) said: “Duty holders within the UK civil nuclear industry are required by ONR to demonstrate that they have the resilience against a range of external threat scenarios.
“These scenarios are updated regularly considering developments in technology and other areas.
“The distance to which tablets are distributed around a nuclear power station is considered on a case-by-case basis.”
EDF Energy, the French company that runs nuclear power stations in Scotland, and the Ministry of Defence, which runs the Faslane nuclear base, declined to comment.

Britain Prepares For Next ISIS Terror Attack (Daniel 8:4)

Fears of nuclear terror attack grow amid call for UK homes to be sent anti-radiation pills

NUCLEAR safety experts are calling for households in the UK to be supplied with anti-radiation pills as fears grow of the potential for terrorists to strike highly-sensitive sites around the country.

 
PUBLISHED: 16:00, Tue, May 31, 2016 | UPDATED: 17:10, Tue, May 31, 2016Nuclear power station
Analysis for the Nuclear-Free Local Authorities (NFLA) found nuclear facilities at Faslane – where the UK stations its Trident missile system – was vulnerable to attack.
Sensitive nuclear sites at Hunterston, Torness and Dounreay are also at risk, the study claims.
More worrying still, UK authorities were deemed to be underestimating the risk of devastating terrorist attacks.
Such is the fear of an attack that the NFLA is demanding anti-radiation pills be distributed to households in Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounding areas.
The medication is a preventative measure which would help protect people from a radiation leak – either accidental or a deliberate attack.
The report on nuclear security, compiled by Dr David Lowry, a senior research fellow with the US Institute for Resource and Security Studies, argues that nuclear materials transported by road, rail, sea and air are also potential targets.
He said: “The main consequences would be, whatever the level of attack, mass public panic and sensationalist media reportage.
“We would inevitably see total road gridlock, as everyone tries to flee by car en masse at once.”
Nuclear power station

UK authorities were deemed to be underestimating the risk

Drones could carry shaped charges, poison gas, booby traps or decoys, and could come individually or in large groups.
The report said: “One heavily laden small drone could probably travel at least 20mph with a load of 5-10kg.
“Just one 5kg shaped charge can penetrate 0.75 metres of reinforced concrete, or 0.25 meters of steel.”
Anti-radiation pills

The NFLA is demanding anti-radiation pills be distributed to households in Glasgow and Edinburgh

The second report for NFLA, written by Dr Ian Fairlie, an independent radiation scientist, focuses on the stable iodine tablets that can prevent radiation poisoning after some nuclear accidents.
Several other European countries distribute the pills across a wide area, but in Scotland they are only given to residents who live within two or three kilometres of nuclear plants.
Drone

Drones could carry shaped charges, poison gas, booby traps or decoys

A Scottish government spokesman said iodine tablets had been distributed to households in designated emergency planning zones around nuclear stations.
There were also stockpiles of iodine tablets in Scotland “which can be distributed to the site of an incident to treat the affected population as required”.
A spokeswoman for the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) said: “Duty holders within the UK civil nuclear industry are required by ONR to demonstrate that they have the resilience against a range of external threat scenarios.
“These scenarios are updated regularly considering developments in technology and other areas.
“The distance to which tablets are distributed around a nuclear power station is considered on a case-by-case basis.”
EDF Energy, the French company that runs nuclear power stations in Scotland, and the Ministry of Defence, which runs the Faslane nuclear base, declined to comment.

ISIS Prepares To Dirty Bomb London

ISIS smuggle 60 jihadis into Europe to attack capital cities including LONDON

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The revelations raises the possibility that the sick jihadis could be plotting more horrifying attacks in the coming months.Other targets in the militants’ firing line included Berlin and a “major hub” in Belgium.CNN reported that intelligence obtained by Western security agencies before the November 13 2015 Paris attacks indicated that up to 60 ISIS fighters had been deployed by the group to Europe to carry out the attacks.
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Senior ISIS operative Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was allegedly behind the plan.The intelligence was described as vague and fragmentary, so European security services could not prevent the Paris attack.Paul Cruickshank from CNN said: “The worry is that there could be up to 40 ISIS operatives in Europe planning attacks.” Alain Winants, the former head of the Surete de l’Etat – Belgium’s domestic intelligence agency, added: “A lot of secret services are fearing now that what has happened in Paris could happen again, but simultaneously by several groups, in several different countries, which would of course have an immense impact.”
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Russia Has Been Preparing For Nuclear War Against Europe (Daniel 7)

NATO report: A 2013 Russian aerial exercise was actually a ‘simulated nuclear attack’ on Sweden

The aircraft followed a flight path that deviated from typical Russian air force routes in the region. While Russian planes often fly between “mainland” Russia and the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, these aircraft made a detour that suggested they were carrying out a simulated attack of some kind.
Now, a NATO report has appeared to confirm the purpose of that Russian maneuver. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s 2015 annual report, released late last month, referred to the event as one of several “simulated nuclear attacks” on NATO and its partners, according to The Local, Sweden’s English-language publication.
“As part of its overall military build-up, the pace of Russia’s military maneuvers and drills have reached levels unseen since the height of the Cold War,” Stoltenberg wrote.
“Over the past three years, Russia has conducted at least 18 large-scale snap exercises, some of which have involved more than 100,000 troops. These exercises include simulated nuclear attacks on NATO Allies (eg, ZAPAD [a large-scale Russian military exercises]) and on partners (eg, March 2013 simulated attacks on Sweden),” his report continued.
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According to a Swedish-language Svenska Dogbladet report later discussed on the The Aviationist blog, the 2013 operation involved two TU-22M3 “backfire” bombers escorted by four Su-27 flankers.
The TU-22M3 has a more than 4,300-mile operational range, and is capable of carrying cruise missiles and nuclear weapons. It’s a long-range aircraft perfectly suited for strategic attacks against Western Europe. The Su-27 Flanker is a workhorse Russian fighter jet, ideally equipped for protecting strategic weapons aircraft during a bombing run.
The planes reportedly carried out mock attacks on a military facility near Stockholm and a second facility in southern Sweden.
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via The AviationistA Russian Tu-22 Backfire in flight.
The lack of a response from the Swedish air force demonstrated that a Russian bomber group could come within nuclear strike range of the Swedish capital with total impunity.
As an analysis from the Warsaw-based Center for European Studies revealed, Sweden didn’t even have a quick-reaction alert team on call the night of the operation, a fact that revealed “structural problems” and staffing issues within the country’s air force. Two Danish F-16s on a NATO air policing mission ended up shadowing the Russian aircraft — but the incident made Sweden appear alarmingly vulnerable to a surprise Russian strike.
That could be why the country, which is not a member of NATO, launched its largest military operation since the Cold War in response to evidence that a Russian submarine had entered the country’s territorial waters in October 2014. The mock nuclear attack exposed a vulnerability that Sweden seemed eager to correct.
Although the attack came before Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, it’s consistent with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s penchant for subtly raising the specter of a possible nuclear attack on neighboring states in the years after the Ukraine crisis.
Putin has spoken frankly about Russia’s nuclear capabilities over the past year, while the strategic value of nuclear preemption had been openly discussed among more nationalistic Russian politicians and policy analysts in the aftermath of the Crimea annexation.
In November 2015, the Kremlin deliberately “leaked” images of an underwater, trans-oceanic nuclear torpedo supposedly in development, giving an impression that Russia has a continued interest in exotic nuclear delivery systems.
But the fact that the mock nuclear attack on Sweden came before the Crimea crisis shows that Russia was carrying out provocative nuclear attack simulations on Western European even before relations reached a crisis point. The 2013 operation flaunted Russia’s military capabilities while exposing how unprepared its neighbors would be in the event of an actual conflict.