Iranian troops face Israel from Syria. US video shows upgraded bunker buster

US officials recently gave Israel a
video demonstration of the new
features which enable its biggest
bunker buster bomb (Massive
Ordnance Penetrator) to destroy
Iran's underground uranium
enrichment plant at Fordo near Qom, in a bid to dissuade Israel from a unilateral attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

This is reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The video displayed the improvedbomb, which Israel does not have, as hitting the ground near its target and
setting off a massive underground explosion.

debkafile' s military sources report that this videotaped demonstration was in line with the Obama administration's latest campaign to convince Israel that the US is getting
ready to strike Iran itself.

In actual fact, the improved
American MOP is not news - any more than the Israeli Air Force's possession of bombs capable of penetrating the Fordo underground plant. This capability has given Israeli officials the confidence to assert that Israel can destroy Iran's nuclear facilities on its own.
What Washington has in common with Jerusalem is that while both make no secret of their capabilities – and Israeli leaders are also free with
threatening rhetoric - neither is
actually exercising them.

The only parties on the move are Iran and Hizballah. At the end of the week, debkafile's military sources report that both
established a military presence in Syria and Lebanon, just across
Israel's two northern borders. An
Iranian airlift placed Iranian boots on the ground in Syria for the first time in more than two years of its civil war. It was also the first time Israel had ever seen uniformed Iranian soldiers present at close quarters on
the soil of a close neighbor.

The arrivals are members of the
violent Basij volunteer militia which is trained in urban combat tactics for suppressing anti-regime unrest in Iranian cities. They are the first Iranian troops to confront Syrian rebels in combat. Roughly 6,000-8,000 militiamen have arrived so far – a figure comparable to the size of the Hizhballah elite units
fighting for Bashar Assad in Syria.

The Basij militiamen were stationed in Damascus and sent to guard Syrian Shiite border villages situated opposite Hizballah-controlled South
Lebanon. This deployment has placed Iranian troops opposite the intersection of the Israeli, Syrian and Lebanese borders.
Iran's expanding military intervention in Syria accounts partly for this week's surprise call-up of thousands of Israeli reservists for duty on the
country's northern borders. Although they were sent home after 24 hours to disguise their mission and calm rising tensions, they were in fact
ordered to report back Sunday, May 5. These reservists will then pick up the gear and weapons needed for real combat, and take up positions along Israel's borders with Syria and Lebanon.
Sirens blared over parts of the Golan

Friday, May 3, their sensors touched off by the preparations for these military movements. The official pretext offered of a "technical glitch" was about as convincing as the Israeli military spokesman's attempt to deny knowing who sent a drone from Beirut towards Israel on April 25.
The sirens on the Golan were
apparently not loud enough to be
heard in Washington and Jerusalem.

From dekafile

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