Syrian Missile Buildup Continues, Israel Calls Situation 'Tense'; Source: US Accessing Pakistan Nukes If Musharraf Falls
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August 15, 2007
Syrian missile buildup continues, Israel calls situation 'tense'
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While both Israeli and Syrian officials state publicly they do not want war with each other their actions tell another story. Syria continues to mass troops and artillery on the Israeli-Syrian border while Israel conducts war exercises in the Golan Heights region. Intelligence reports indicate that a top Syrian general is pushing President Assad toward war and that Syria is continuing to arm Hezbollah.
Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi are at this time determining the readiness of their military forces and working strategies for various options that may play out. "They discussed ways of taking Syrian forces by surprise without provoking a full-scale conflict. In particular, Israeli decision-makers want to avoid exposing the populations of northern and central regions to Syrian missiles. They are also intent on limiting any flare-up to the Golan front and leaving out of the action the Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas and allied Palestinian terrorist groups of the Gaza Strip." http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=4496
"The situation is tense," a senior Israeli officer said. "I don't think it is in Syria's interest to start a war," Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said. "It is not in our interests to start war. This tension is unnecessary." http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2007/me_syria_08_15.asp
Military sources claim that Syria has been on a fast track to deploy short and medium range missile batteries in southern and central Syria. These missile batteries have a range of 350 to 450 miles.
"There are more than 100 mobile Syrian launchers in the Golan Heights," a source said. "This means that within an hour, they can fire at least 400 missiles into Israel." http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2007/me_syria_08_15.asp
US law enforcement has identified at least two dozen homegrown Muslim terrorist groups in the northeast region. Their target of recruitment are mosques, bookstores, cafes, and prisons where "extremist fodder or fuel for radicalization" can be readily disseminated and embraced.
"The threat is real; this is not some bogey man we are creating here. There are individuals who are proselytizing, inciting angry young men to go down this path," said Jenkins, who reviewed and contributed to the NYPD report. http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/08/exclusive-us-st.html
Another development that may turn critical not just for the US but for the world is the potential coup developing in Pakistan. US intelligence sources are worried that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf is in danger of being killed or replaced if the militia uprising is successful. Although Musharraf is in charge of the military, he maintains this control through the loyalty of certain top commanders and units. But as the shift in power begins to turn US officials know that those loyalties can quickly turn as well.
This is what's at stake. If the Musharraf government falls so will control of Pakistan's nuclear weapons arsenal. The US is very concerned with who could potentially seize control of the weapons and launch codes... and frankly, so should the rest of the world. It's no secret that the warring militants have terrorist ties that could realistically enable them to gain access to nuclear weapons. It would not surprise me if this scenario (or something similar) plays a heavy hand in how the next major world war starts.
Keep an eye on these major developments. Although, they may not fully develop on this side of the rapture, I believe that all will play a part in the future of Bible prophecy.
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