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As the Ukraine spins into a small war with Russia edging closer into intervention as the West threatens with more intense sanctions, the Middle East war of three years in Syria continues. This is a civil war that the world has been unwilling to do much about killing over 100,000 by now. Cities are destroyed as are lives. Turkey has been willing to directly intervene on various occasions despite NATO's and Obama's "hand's off" position. So callous. Now, Putin is in a face to face challenge with Obama, one will use blunt military force and pretexts, the other, economic sanctions that slowly choke the Russian economy. Putin will probably get want he wants but the price will be high.
Saudi Arabia Displays its Nuclear Weapons
In the Middle East, on April 29, Saudi Arabia became the first Middle East nation to publicly exhibit its nuclear-capable missiles. The long-range, liquid propellant DF-3 ballistic missile, purchased from China 27 years ago, was displayed for the first time at a Saudi military parade. It has a single nuclear warhead between 1-3 MT. In the stand was Pakistani Chief of Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif, King Hamad of Bahrain and Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi. Saudi Arabia has purchased of Dong-Feng 21 (DF-21), whose range is shorter, 1,700 km, but more precise and effective in view of its terminal radar guidance system.
All of this indicates that SA is not relying the USA for its self-defense and has decided to use Pakistan's nuclear capability to have their own since SA did finance much of Pakistan's program.
Obama Arms Rebels with Antitank Weapons
The heavy anti-tank, optically-tracked, wire-guided BGM-71 TOW, capable of piercing 500 mm thickness of Syrian tank armor and Syrian fortifications at a range of two mile, is being delivered to groups of the Free Syrian Army in the Idlib region. Obama has finally approved the deliveries using Turkey and Jordan as entry points to counter Syrian T-72 tanks. But Assad has now changed tactics where the weapons are being used, now he uses more air attacks in these areas. So, will Obama allow surface to air missiles, now?
Iran Continues to have its Nuclear Shell Game
Suspicions are high about Iran's Parchin facility that has been off limits to inspectors. Internal sources reveal that 1,300 lbs. of low-grade material has been transferred to there and 1,630 advanced centrifuges have been installed there for rapid upgrade work. All this to make the weapon grade uranium for a nuclear bomb.
Whenever the IAEA applied for permission to inspect the facility in the past three years, it was denied on the pretext that Parchin was strictly a military base which has no nuclear activity. Of course, this not a complete surprise. The West has had suspicions for a long time about a "shell game" that Iran has about its nuclear weapon enrichment. The problem has been proof that it was occurring. However, by the time inspectors can arrive at Parchin, Iran will have once again moved the material to another site. This can go on forever! Sooner or later, the West will be be exhausted by the game.
Jordan Enters the Syrian Civil War
On the 17th, Jordan tiptoed into the Syrian war when its air force attacked and destroyed an al-Qaeda convoy near the town of Ruwaished, near the border. The convoy was destined to attack a secret US-Jordanian training facility situated west of the town, where Iraqi army troops are being instructed in advanced counter terror combat tactics. The convoy was driven by ISIS members that began in Anbar, Iraq. The ISIS convoy somehow avoided the two Jordanian divisions along the border area in an undefended area. American drones detected the advance and Jordan lacked enough time to launch a special forces unit and decided to use its air force. The convoy was destroyed.