The threat of a confrontation between super-powers and regional states over Syria is unfolding dangerously as the U.S. and its Western allies prepare to launch a missile attack on Syria while Russia has the threat to destroy incoming missiles and hit-back “at its sources”.
According to reports compiled by VOSA correspondents, the armed forces in Israel, Syria, Iran, and Lebanon have been put on alert following the escalation of tension in the region.
As the U.S. and its allies, UK and France threatened to retaliate against what it called “Assad regime’s chemical attack” and an attack is just hours away the tension is rising by every hour.
Meanwhile, Syria and its closest ally Iran have warned that Israel would have to pay back for its attack on Syria’s airbase where at least seven Iranians and a number of Syrian military officials had been killed on April 9, 2018.
However in his second twit Pres. Trump changed his harsh tone and offered cooperation when he twitted: “Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is a reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race”.
Meanwhile, America’s aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman the lead ship of the strike group, which also includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and the guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 28: USS Arleigh Burke, USS Bulkeley, USS Forrest Sherman and USS Farragut were reportedly heading to the region.
In the meantime, Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin was quoted as warning that “If there is a strike by the Americans in Syria then … the missiles will be downed and even their launch sites would be targeted.”
In an interview with Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV in Lebanon, Russian Ambassador said he just was citing a statement by President Vladimir Putin and the Russian chief of staff.
According to a report, Iranian Supreme leader’s senior adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, said so bluntly when he arrived in Damascus on Tuesday: “Israel’s air strike on the Syrian air base will not go unanswered,” he said.
Russia in the meantime rushed a special envoy to who backed Iranian promise to take revenge as “understandable”. Alexander Lavrentiev, the special Russian emissary on Syria met with Iran’s national security adviser Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, and was quoted as saying that ‘military response to the T-4 attack was understandable.’
Cyber warriors are ready to shut China & Russia
Meanwhile according to a report in National Interest magazine “American military cyber warriors are ready to shut critical infrastructures in China and Russia during a future conflict by conducting cyber intrusions into their networks, according to the general set to lead Cyber Command.”
The report added that both China and Russia have been detected conducting similar cyber battlefield reconnaissance against the U.S. networks used to control critical infrastructure in the United States, including electric grids, transportation, financial, and other critical systems.
According to the report, U.S. Army’s Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, nominee for the dual positions of commander of Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency had recently had disclosed last month in a little-noticed written Senate testimony that “U.S. military plans for similar cyber-attacks on foreign infrastructure”.
Nakasone stated “yes” when asked by the committee if Cyber Command and the military are “actively developing capabilities to threaten the critical infrastructure of peer adversaries.”
Israel threatens to topple Assad regime
In a related development an Israeli official has threatened that “If the Iranians act against Israel from Syrian territory, Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime will be those that pay the price.”
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman was quoted on Tuesday as a warning that Israel will take all necessary steps to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military base in Syria. “No matter what the price, we will not allow Iran to have a permanent (military) foothold in Syria. We have no other choice,” said Liberman.