Iran threatens to retaliate after Israel bombs ‘Russian weapons convoy’ in Syria

Russian-SA-17Left: Russian SA 17 missiles capable to bring Israeli Airforce jets down.

The Daily Mail 31 Jan. 2013: Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdul-Karim Ali, says Damascus has ‘the option and the surprise to retaliate’. He said he cannot predict when the retaliation will be.
In Iran
, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian today as saying the raid on Syria will have significant implications for the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

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The New York Times 28 Jan. 2013:  France’s foreign minister warned countries supporting the Syrian opposition on Monday that unless they honored their pledges of aid, the control of Syria could fall to militant Islamist groups.
“Facing the collapse of a state and society, it is Islamist groups that risk gaining ground if we do not act as we should,” said the minister, Laurent Fabius. “We cannot let a revolution that started as a peaceful and democratic protest degenerate into a conflict of militias.”
Comment: The combatant Syrian opposition is Al Qaeda which France is fighting in Mali!

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The Guardian 1 febr. 2013: Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon
Israeli fighter jets violate Lebanese airspace two days after launching air strikes on targets inside Syrian territory. Under UN security council resolution 1701, passed following the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, Israeli planes are forbidden from flying over Lebanon. Many Israeli analysts thought that the chances of immediate retaliation were low, with some suggesting that any response was more likely to be targeted at Israeli assets or citizens abroad

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Deutsche Welle 1 Febr. 2013:  The US, meanwhile, says Vice President Joe Biden will meet Syrian opposition leader Mouaz Alkhatib in Europe. US deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes: “The position of the United States is focused on supporting an end to the Assad regime. Hillary Clinton said there was “a lot of concern” that Iran was boosting its deliveries, because “Assad is using up his weaponry.”
“The worst kinds of predictions of what could happen internally and spilling over the borders of Syria are certainly within the realm of possibility now,” Clinton said, adding that she feared a “potential proxy war” in the region.
She declined to comment of the claims that Israel had bombed Syria on Wednesday.

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Deutsche Welle 1 Febr. 2013 In addition to the transfer of chemical weapons, Israel is also concerned about Russian SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles in the Syrian weapons arsenal, Amos Harel wrote in the daily Ha’aretz.
“That would completely change the rules of the game,” agreed IDC security expert Speyer. “Particularly if Hezbollah were to use these anti-aircraft missiles while the Israeli Air Force is flying reconnaissance missions over southern Lebanese airspace. That’s what Israel does to see what Hezbollah is up to. It would extremely limit Israel’s options.”

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france- gdpThe Daily Mail 30 jan. 2013 Bankrupt France set to save £600m - by turning off the lights. From July 1, interior lights will have to be turned off within an hour of the last person leaving the premises, while all exterior lights and shop fronts will have to be plunged into darkness by 1am.
The new law, which is also aimed at cutting back on CO2 emissions, comes just days after a senior  member of President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government said the country was ‘totally bankrupt’.

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The Daily Mail 1 Febr. 2013 The launch of a Russian rocket carrying an American communications satellite ended in disaster today after it plunged into the sea 40 seconds after blast-off.

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The Daily Mail 1 Febr. 2013: The US is to warn David Cameron not to pull out of the EU. A senior adviser to Mr Biden said: ‘With respect to Prime Minister Cameron’s speech, we obviously support his comments about the important role of the UK in the EU.’ A second aide added: ‘It’s in our interest for there to be a strong UK in a strong EU.’

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The New American 30 Jan. 2013: The global “establishment” has been plotting its scheme for a united Europe for generations, and it will not let the dream go down in flames without a serious fight. Even President Obama has joined the chorus of powerful figures calling on the Brits to reconsider. However, some analysts noted that Obama’s interference may have backfired; sparking outrage among Britons who say the U.S. president has no business interfering in the affairs of a sovereign nation (see The Telegraph 10 Jan. 2013).