PRESS TV Posted Sun., May 24, 2015
The Pentagon is planning to send nuclear bombers to Sweden for a military exercise next month amid growing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
The warplanes, the B-52 Stratofortress, will participate in a naval exercise on June 13, Swedish general Karl Engelbrektson said. They are set to fly from the United States nonstop and simulate a drop of anti-ship mines near Ravlunda on the Baltic Sea.
The US forces are planning to simulate the defense of the coast in case of an attack by amphibious forces.
Engelbrektson said the goal of the exercise “is to increase the different operative capabilities, but also to send clear security political signals that we do these things together with others.”
“How Russia interprets that, they can decide for themselves,” Engelbrektson added.
This is while the United States deployed more warplanes to other countries in Europe for military maneuvers. At least four US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II arrived at Ämari Air Base in Estonia on April 30.
The aircraft are set to stay in the European country for six months in order to reassure regional allies for Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The United States army began its military drills, called Operation Atlantic Resolve, more than one year ago following the conflict in Ukraine. Relations between Washington and Moscow have deteriorated over Ukraine.
The United States accuses Russia of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russian forces, an allegation denied by the Kremlin.
YNET NEWS By Roi Kais Posted Sun., May 24, 2015
A rare glimpse into Hezbollah’s underground tunnels was provided on Friday by Lebanese publication As-Safir, which is associated with the militant organization.
The report described Hezbollah’s observations unit on the border, claiming it has been upgraded and is waiting for battle.
The tunnels were discussed several times, but not as an offensive tactic to infiltrate Israel, like the ones used by Hamas during Operation Protective Edge – a greatly concerning prospect for residents in the north. Instead, the tunnels were described as a means to launch rockets from Lebanese territory.
The report claimed that Hezbollah has upgraded its tunnels and that they are located at sensitive spots near the border.
The type of concrete has changed, the ventilation system is different, and the methods for customizing weapons and food have changed. Electricity is provided to tunnels 24 hours a day with the use of generators set up underground.”
The problem of food inside the tunnels has been substantially improved, according to Hezbollah, which said that a logistical unit replaces the supplies every five months. “The air inside the tunnel is no different from that outside,” wrote the reporter. “There are devices to neutralize humidity in order to prevent the iron from rusting and there are fans and emergency exists. Those who built the tunnels did not forget any detail…
“The war has not yet arrived, but it could arrive one of these days. Therefore building of new fortifications and tunnels continues around the clock, and instead of tens of thousands of rockets ready for launch there are now hundreds of thousands.”
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