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How Israel Foiled an Arms Convoy Bound for Hamas

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009
An Israeli jet fighter pilot readies his helmet in a hangar as he prepares to go on a sortie in his F-16 fighter.

An Israeli jet fighter pilot readies his helmet in a hangar as he prepares to go on a sortie in his F-16 fighter.

The bombing raid came after an intelligence tip-off. In early January, at the height of Israel’s assault on Gaza, Israel’s foreign intelligence agency Mossad was told by an informant that Iran was planning a major delivery of 120 tons of arms and explosives to Gaza, including anti-tank rockets and Fajir rockets with a 25 mile range and a 45 kg warhead. With little time to plan the operation, naval vessels and helicopters were rushed to the Red Sea in case Israel had to rescue a downed pilot, and the plan was rushed through. “The Israelis had less than a week to pull this all together,” a source said.

For full article, visit http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1888352,00.html

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Shin Bet: Nearly 70 tons of explosives smuggled into Gaza since IDF op

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

According to Diskin, Egyptian efforts to curtail the smuggling across its shared border with Gaza have improved, and several successes have been recorded. “When Israel provides intelligence on smuggling that is about to happen, or is happening, they respond quickly and effectively,” he said. However, Diskin added, since the end of Operation Cast Lead, the express goal of which was to bring an end to rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, 45 tons of raw materials for the production of weapons have been smuggled into the Strip, along with 22 tons of standard explosives, as well as dozens of rockets, mortar shells, and anti-aircraft missiles.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074682.html

Former senior IAF officers divided over what Sudan strike means for Iran

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gil Regev said the fact that this was a moving target whose exact location was not known in advance affected the pilots’ training, since they could not rehearse a precise mission outline. “But today, we have the platforms, and the pilots routinely train for such long distances, as well as for aerial refueling,” he said. Over the last decade, the IAF has acquired one F-15I squadron and four F-16I squadrons. The latter, built especially for long-range strategic strikes, arrived only a few months ago.

But with regard to Iran, Regev warned, “a critical mass of planes must be brought to one point to cause maximum damage, and the real riddle is whether we can bring such a mass over long distances.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074308.html

Estimates: Sudan strike targeted weapons that could hit Tel Aviv

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

Any Israeli decision to attack such a distant target would likely have been based on the belief that Iran could deliver arms into Gaza, possibly including 70-kilometer-range Fajr rockets. That range would allow Hamas operatives to strike into the heart of Israel, Tel Aviv, from their Gaza bases.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074315.html

Amos Harel: In bombing Sudan, Israel sends message to Iran

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

What does Iran learn from all this? That Israel possesses exceptional intelligence, a willingness to take great risk, and an ability to act successfully against targets far from Israel’s borders. Yet Iran knew all this after the previous strikes. If the reports are true, the bombing in Sudan was an important message of deterrence from Israel to Iran, yet the road from Sudan to the destruction of Iran’s nuclear program is a long one.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074125.html

IAF Sudan strike / Olmert: Israel will target threats near and far

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

“CBS reported that the IAF carried out the attack on a convoy of trucks in Sudan carrying arms for Hamas in the Gaza Strip. According to the report, 39 people riding in the 17-truck convoy were killed, while a number of civilians in the area were injured. Israeli officials declined to confirm or deny whether Israel had been involved in an air strike in Sudan.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074032.html

“American and Israeli diplomats said the [January] agreement includes intelligence coordination to prevent arms from Iran from entering Gaza, maritime efforts to identify ships carrying weaponry, and the sharing of U.S. and European technologies to discover and prevent the use of weapons-smuggling tunnels.”

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/03/25/world/worldwatch/entry4892589.shtml

More than 50 peopleĀ received treatment at a hospital in the town of Kassala after the raids, which were launched from the US fleet in the Red Sea, Salim said.”

The air raids were launched from the US fleet in the Red Sea

The air raids were launched from the US fleet in the Red Sea

Source: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/03/200932610224764733.html

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