New post up at Liberty Unyielding. Enjoy!
A non-framework non-agreement that’s bad and getting worse.
Arms and the age.
On 5 March, Israeli forces stopped and boarded a freighter in the Red Sea, KLOS-C, which was carrying a cargo of battlefield rockets from Iran to Port Sudan. The crew of the ship doesn’t appear to have known what was loaded in Iran; more on that later. Sudan has of course served for years as a waypoint for Iranian arms deliveries to Gaza. (See The Tower on this as well.)
According to the IDF, Israeli intelligence actually observed the rockets in question being transferred from Syria to Iran several months ago. The rockets are versions of the Syrian-made M-302, the rocket used in a 302mm multiple-rocket launch system (MLRS). The Assad regime has supplied Continue reading “IDF intercepts deadly Iranian arms shipment in Red Sea”
Back in 2007, when Vladimir Putin promised to rebuild Russia’s military and resume its activities on the world stage, Westerners were complacent. Russia was an economic basket case, after all. It would take years for modernization programs to kick in. And even when they did, they would bring Russian capabilities to no more than what America already has. Right?
That may be the case for some conventional forces. But when it comes to “strategic” missiles – missiles used for the purpose of strategic intimidation – it’s 2012 now, and Russia is unquestionably ahead of the United States. Not in terms of numbers, but in terms of missile capabilities. The Russians have already fielded ICBMs that are better than anything we have. These missiles present a much tougher target for our national ballistic-missile defense network than anything has before. If they are launched against us – and certainly if they’re launched against anyone else – a lot of them are going to get through.