This is coolbert:
From the DEBKAfile news letter we have some interesting items:
1. That Israeli command for long-range operations, depth missions.
* Barak [Israeli Defense Minister] approved new IDF joint special operations force for multidisciplinary missions far from Israel's borders. Missions will include counter-terror, anti-smuggling, anti-proliferation.
* "The Corps' tasks will extend joint IDF operations into strategic depth."
"Anti-proliferation meaning anti-NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. The strike against the Iraqi reactor of Saddam Hussein for instance. Anti-smuggling those operations I would think well outside the borders of Israel, aimed at stopping weapons shipments bound for Hamas and Hezbollah from reaching their destination.
2. "Syria deploys Russian shore-to-sea missiles on its coast, Scuds on Turkish border"
"Dec. 16, [the deployment of] 72 advanced Moscow-supplied Yakhont (SSN-26) shore-to-sea missiles along Syria's Mediterranean shore to fend off a potential invasion by sea. Last week, Russia airlifted to Syria 3 million face masks against chemical and biological weapons"
"US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's arrival in Ankara Friday morning, to find Turkish armed forces on war preparedness"
That Syrian regime of Assad fearing intervention on a massive scale by outside powers. The U.S., Turkey, other NATO allies acting in concert to oust the long term governing elite, restore order, etc.
Three million gas masks [the text says face masks I assume these are what are generally referred to as gas masks] for the protection "against chemical and biological weapons" AS TO BE DELIVERED EXACTLY BY WHOM?
Assad is a brute and has such weapons at HIS disposal and will use HIS weapons of mass destruction against an invading force, if such an interventionist campaign actually occurs??