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Breaking News: IDF Exposes Hamas’s Secret Plans for a Base in Turkey; NATO Countries May Be Targeted, Reveals ‘The Times’

In a notable security development, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have discovered alarming documents that unveil plans by Hamas to establish a secret base in Turkey. This base is intended to facilitate attacks against Israeli targets, potentially extending even within NATO member states, including neighboring Greece. These revelations surface amidst statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who notably expressed his support for Hamas during discussions with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Key Findings Revealed by the TIMES:

Documents found in the residence of Hamza Abu Shanab, a high-ranking Hamas official and associate of the Al-Qassam Brigades leader Sinwar, detail a three-year strategic initiative titled “Establishing a Base in Turkey”. The plan outlines objectives to establish “multiple military pockets and bases in various countries,” with subsequent phases focusing on “training military cores and planning practical sabotage and assassinations.”

Breaking News: IDF Exposes Hamas's Secret Plans for a Base in Turkey; NATO Countries May Be Targeted, Reveals 'The Times'
Israeli Forces outside of a Hamas stronghold in Gaza Photo by IDF

Operational Goals of the proposed Hamas Base in Turkey

The documentation explicitly targets Mossad officers and influential Israelis, with strategies including “sabotage on Israeli naval vessels” and “abductions.” This points to a significant escalation in Hamas’s operational scope and geographic reach.

The documents stress, “A lack of options leads to a substantial effort to create military bases abroad. These will serve as bases for special operations, enhancing our military, diplomatic, and moral stance.” This shift highlights a serious turn toward international terrorism, aiming to bolster Hamas’s influence and operational capabilities globally.

This revelation poses an urgent challenge to global security standards and the diplomatic fabric within NATO, particularly as Turkey remains a pivotal member. The strategic depth and international ambitions of Hamas disclosed by these findings underscore a critical moment for international relations and security.

This severe revelation is likely to prompt forthcoming responses from both Turkish officials and NATO in the days ahead, as the international community grapples with the implications of these findings.

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Israel-Gaza War: IAF Conducts Over 100 Deadly Airstrikes, IDF Intensifies Ground Operations in Rafah and Gaza against Hamas

Israel-Gaza War – The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has executed over 100 airstrikes using fighter jets, drones, and helicopters across the Gaza Strip in the last 24 hours. These operations aim to disrupt Hamas’ regrouping efforts in areas like Rafah, Zeitoun, and Jabalia. Israeli tanks have also been seen moving in Rafah.

A significant strike targeted a new Hamas command center in central Gaza, reportedly attended by high-level Hamas officials. Additional targets included buildings rigged with explosives, military infrastructure, and armed groups near Israeli forces, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Israel-Gaza War: IAF Conducts Over 100 Airstrikes, Intensifies Ground Operations in Rafah and Gaza
PHOTO: ISRAELI AIR FORCE F-15

In northern Gaza, the 98th Division escalated IDF operations in Jabalia, targeting numerous Hamas sites and inflicting heavy casualties among Hamas forces. In Zeitoun, the IDF’s 99th Division uncovered new tunnels, neutralized several rocket launchers, and destroyed a major Hamas weapons depot, leading to the elimination of multiple Hamas operatives.

Hamas has released another video showing modified RPGs and locally made YASIN anti-tank rockets targeting Israeli tanks, though no secondary explosions were observed.

The only visible explosion was from the Israeli tanks’ active protection system (APS) Trophy. A recent video also showed Hamas snipers targeting Israeli soldiers, with some footage dating back to the early days of the Gaza conflict.

Ground Operations in Rafah

Ground forces, including the 401st Armored Brigade and the Givati Infantry Brigade of the IDF’s 162nd Division, have intensified their movements in eastern Rafah, engaging in close-quarters combat with Hamas.

Humanitarian Impact and Displacement from Rafah

The ongoing conflict has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis, with approximately 450,000 Palestinians fleeing Rafah over the past week, according to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.

This mass displacement follows intense Israeli military operations in Rafah, Hamas’ last stronghold, and comes after Israeli forces ordered civilians to evacuate the city before advancing with large forces. The Israeli Army has been trying to minimize civilian casualties by dropping leaflets in eastern Rafah, detailing evacuation zones and safe routes to humanitarian areas. Meanwhile, reports indicate that Israeli Merkava tanks and NAMER armored vehicles are advancing further into the city’s eastern parts, preparing for a deeper incursion into central Rafah.

Residents in areas like Al-Jneina, Al-Salam, and Al-Brazil in eastern Rafah have reported the movements of Israeli Merkava tanks, with these reports also covered by Arab media.

Battle of Vovchansk: Ukraine Attempts to stop Russian army Advances in Kharkiv

War in Ukraine – The situation in Vovchansk, a city in the Kharkiv region, remains dire as battles continue between Ukrainian forces and Russian troops. Ukrainian forces are actively resisting Russian attempts to seize the city, as reported by the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff. Despite their efforts, the Ukrainian command acknowledges that the situation in the area has worsened, with Russian forces currently achieving tactical success.

To address the escalating conflict, the General Staff has deployed additional reserves to stabilize the situation. The Ukrainian army is conducting active operations, utilizing a range of unmanned systems for reconnaissance and precision strikes, aiming to inflict maximum losses on the advancing Russian forces. This strategic use of technology underscores the high stakes and intensity of the ongoing conflict.

Battle of Vovchansk: Ukraine Attempts to stop Russian army Advances in Kharkiv
PHOTO By Ukraine MoD

In a significant update on Sunday, it was reported that over 100 Russian soldiers were killed in fierce fighting around Vovchansk. The intensity of the battle is highlighted by the deployment of more than five Russian battalions, which are currently pressing towards the city. This push has extended the conflict to the border settlements of Strilecha, Pilna, Borysivka, Oliynykove, and Okhirtseve, indicating a broadening of the front lines and increased pressure on Ukrainian defenses.

Kharkiv’s Governor, Oleh Syniehubov, provided further insights into the humanitarian impact of the conflict. On Sunday, he announced that 1,600 civilians have been evacuated from Vovchansk and the surrounding areas. The ongoing hostilities have led to nearly 6,000 residents being displaced in recent days. Many more are leaving the area on their own initiative, seeking safety away from the conflict zones. This mass displacement underscores the severe impact on local populations and the urgent need for humanitarian assistance.

The situation in Vovchansk has significantly deteriorated since it was recaptured by the Ukrainian army during a counteroffensive in September 2022. The city is now almost destroyed due to continuous shelling, according to Ukrainian police officer Oleksii Kharkivskyi. The relentless bombardment has led to extensive damage to infrastructure, homes, and essential services, further exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the region.

As reported, Russian attacks in the Kharkiv region have intensified, particularly on the night of Thursday, May 9th. These attacks include both ground operations by the Russian army and air bombardments, primarily targeting the border areas. This escalation highlights the strategic importance of the Kharkiv region in the broader conflict and the sustained efforts by Russian forces to gain control over this critical area.

US Halts Ammunition Delivery to Israel, Citing Concerns Over Potential Operation in Rafah

The Biden administration in the US has halted the delivery of a significant amount of ammunition to Israel, a move that marks a significant shift in US foreign policy amidst the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. As military operations in the region escalate, Washington’s decision to delay the supply of 2,000 and 500-pound bombs indicates its concern about the use of these weapons in a large-scale operation in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza, where more than one million Palestinians live.

The US warns against a ground attack on Rafah

U.S. Halts Ammunition Delivery to Israel, Citing Concerns Over Potential Operation in Rafah
Photo by President Biden (x)

Highlighting the seriousness of the situation, US officials have expressed their categorical opposition to any major Israeli military attack on Rafah. The densely populated area poses significant risks for civilian casualties, prompting Washington to seek alternative approaches. The US has been involved in intensive talks with their Israeli counterparts, proposing tactics that could target Hamas without endangering civilian lives.

Diplomatic Efforts

Despite the continuation of diplomatic discussions, a senior official from the Biden administration told the Times of Israel that previous dialogues with Israel did not adequately address US concerns, hence the delay in the ammunition shipment.

The Israeli military downplays the event

In response to the suspension of the shipment, IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari emphasized that US-Israel relations are excellent and noted that any disagreements are usually handled privately.

Rumors that Iran will attack Israel tomorrow or over the weekend – What sources say and what we know so far

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In a sudden and concerning development, Israeli officials, as reported by local media, have issued a warning about potential Iranian retaliatory actions in response to the recent attack in Damascus againt IRGC. These actions of Iran could potentially take place tomorrow, coinciding with the last Friday of Ramadan, known as “Jerusalem Day,” or over the coming weekend.

According to reports, Israel is gearing up for possible large-scale attacks from Iran, which might include long-range ballistic missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and cruise missiles. These threats have become a focal point of recent discussions between defense ministers of the United States and Israel.

Speculation about Iran’s next move is based on information from the Israeli news outlet Walla citing unnamed officials, suggesting a significant strategic shift. Iran, traditionally acting against Israel through proxy forces in the region, might directly launch attacks from its territory.

BREAKING: Rumors that Iran will attack Israel tomorrow or over the weekend - What sources say and what we know so far
PHOTO: Khamenei.ir

In anticipation of potential threats, the Israeli Ministry of Health has proactively convened a meeting with hospital directors. The aim is to ensure that all medical facilities are sufficiently staffed and prepared to handle any emergencies that may arise over the weekend.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have heightened their state of readiness in response to the looming threats. Measures include enhancing air defense capabilities and putting a halt to all leave for combat units to ensure maximum preparedness. An IDF spokesperson highlighted the complete mobilization of forces along Israel’s borders, prepared to confront “any possible scenario.”

In a recent statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Israel’s resolve to face down any attempts to harm the nation. This strong stance comes amid increasing tension in the region.

On the other side, an Iranian official communicated to Reuters Tehran’s determination to respond decisively to Israel. The intention is to deter future Israeli strikes while striving to prevent a full-scale conflict.

It’s also been disclosed today that the IDF is implementing GPS signal jamming as a preventive measure against possible Iranian attacks. However, it’s crucial to note that these reports remain unconfirmed and are primarily based on Israeli media publications.

MH-60 Romeo: Hellenic Navy Received today two new state-of-the-art MH-60R ASW Helicopters

Athens, Greece – The Hellenic Navy has recently received the first two MH-60 Romeo helicopters, a significant boost to its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. These advanced helicopters, delivered at the Elefsina airbase via the US C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft, are part of a total order of seven, marking a pivotal enhancement in Greece’s naval defense readiness.

The MH-60 Romeo helicopters, having completed their final tests in the USA, are now set to join the Hellenic Navy’s fleet. Before becoming fully operational, they will undergo further testing in Greece to ensure they meet the specific requirements of the navy. The arrival of the third MH-60R is expected next week, with the rest of the helicopters to be delivered by the end of 2024.

MH-60 Romeo (MH-60R)

Hellenic Navy Received today two new MH-60 Romeo (MH-60R) ASW Helicopters
Greek MH-60R (MH-60 ROMEO) Helicopters PHOTO BY LOCKHEED MARTIN

Engineered as an evolution of the SH-60B and SH-60F Seahawk models, the MH-60R incorporates advanced systems, sensors, and weaponry, positioning it as a versatile tool capable of executing a wide range of missions beyond anti-submarine warfare, including search and rescue operations.

This strategic acquisition complements the purchase of new FDI HN frigates, signifying a major step forward in strengthening Greece’s maritime defense capabilities. The MH-60 Romeo can be equipped with an array of weapons tailored for both anti-submarine and surface warfare, including MK 54 torpedoes, AGM-114 Hellfire and Penguin missiles, Hydra/APKWS II rockets, and is scheduled for certification with next-generation NSM anti-ship missiles, including the NSM-HL version. Additionally, it features machine guns for close air support missions.

The reception of the MH-60 Romeo helicopters, together with the acquisition of new FDI frigates, represents a significant upgrade in the Hellenic Navy’s ASW capabilities. The MH-60 Romeo is currently considered one of the most adept anti-submarine warfare helicopters available, enhancing the strategic defense posture of the Hellenic Navy and securing Greece’s maritime interests.

400+ Iranian Ballistic Missiles for Russia: What Sources Say About the Alleged Supply

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Ukraine-Russia War: Iran is reported to have supplied Russia with a significant number of ballistic missiles, deepening ties between the two nations under U.S. sanctions. This development, confirmed by six sources to Reuters, involves Russia’s acquisition of at least 400 ballistic missiles from Iran’s Fateh-110 missile family, including the notable Zolfaghar missile. Iran claims the Zolfaghar can precisely target distances ranging from 300 to 700 kilometers and was likely purchased as an urgent supply for the Russia-Ukraine War.

The delivery of these missiles began in early January following discussions in Tehran and Moscow, culminating in an agreement between Iranian and Russian officials last year. This agreement also resulted in the delivery of the well-known kamikaze UAV/Loitering munition SHAHED (Geran 2) to Russian forces.

Despite the importance of this military cooperation, both the Iranian Ministry of Defense and the Revolutionary Guards, the elite force overseeing Iran’s ballistic missile arsenal, have chosen not to publicize the event. Similarly, the Russian Ministry of Defense has not provided updates on these developments.

Details about the number of missile shipments were shared by Iranian military officials speaking to REUTERS anonymously, revealing that at least four separate shipments have been sent to Russia, with expectations for additional deliveries. The transportation methods for these missiles varied, including both maritime routes through the Caspian Sea and air transport.

“There’s no reason to hide it. We’re allowed to export weapons to any country we wish,” an Iranian official reportedly said.

Contrary to Iran and Russia’s stance, the Ukrainian Air Force has yet to confirm the arrival of such a significant number of ballistic missiles from Iran to Russia. Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson Yurii Ihnat, in a statement to Ukraine’s national television, said there are no official reports regarding this supply from Russia.

Deadly Israeli Strike in Damascus: What Syria Reports

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck the Syrian capital of Damascus twice within a few hours on Wednesday. At the same time the attacks occurred in Damascus, Israel conducted airstrikes in Lebanon as well. Syrian sources report that the Israeli strikes in Syria resulted in at least two casualties.

According to Syrian media, the first strike targeted an apartment building in the Kafr Sousa neighborhood of the Syrian capital, claiming the lives of at least two individuals. It is known that the Kafr Sousa area has a significant presence of Iranian militias, and Syrian sources suggest that the building attacked was believed to be used as headquarters by groups linked to Iran. However, Syrian media also mentioned that the victims of the attack were not Iranian.

A second strike hit the Al-Dimas area, northwest of Damascus, with no reported casualties.

Today’s Israeli air strike adds to previous bombardments in Syria, primarily targeting militias associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran. A few days prior, the Israeli air force had again targeted militias in the suburbs of Damascus.

Greece Considers Upgrade of EMB-145 AEW&C Fleet with SAAB

The EMB-145 AEW&C, pivotal for the Hellenic Air Force’s dominance over the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, stands on the brink of evolution. Amid ongoing discussions, Greece is evaluating a prospective upgrade in collaboration with SAAB. This prospective enhancement signifies Greece’s ongoing dedication to reinforcing its aerial surveillance and defense mechanisms, aligning with the global pace of military modernization.

Dialogue with SAAB at Hellenic Air Force HQ

In February 14 2024, a significant dialogue unfolded again at the Hellenic Air Force General Staff’s headquarters, marking a potential turning point for Greece’s defense strategy. Representatives from SAAB, including Christos Papantonioy, Jonas Wingqvist, Karl Johan Ekvall, Henrik Sven Jansen, and Iakovos Frangiskos Bentzamin, engaged with Hellenic Air Force officials. The discussions focused on exploring advanced solutions for potentially upgrading the EMB-145 AEW&C fleet, a move that could greatly enhance Greece’s interoperability with the most advanced fighter jets that has acquired, such as the RAFALE, F-16V, and F-35 (in the future).

Potential Upgrade of the Greek EMB-145 AEW&C

Greece Considers Upgrade of EMB-145 AEW&C Fleet with SAAB
PHOTO: HAFSpokesman Flickr Greek EMB-145

The EMB-145 AEW&C’s upgrade, while still under consideration, promises to elevate Greece’s strategic aerial capabilities to new heights. This aircraft is instrumental in providing early warning and airspace control, crucial for national security. The potential modernization aims to align the fleet with contemporary defense standards, ensuring Greece remains prepared to address emerging security challenges effectively.

Amidst these news, Embraer’s recently notified that had reached an agreement with Greece. The Follow-on-Support agreement (FOS) for the ERJ-145 AEW&C/EMB-145H highlight Greece’s commitment to sustaining and advancing its critical early warning systems. This forward-looking approach reflects Greece’s strategic initiative to adapt and evolve in an ever-changing security landscape.

IDF Colonel Warns Hamas: ‘Your Fate is Sealed’ – Rafah Battle Preparations Underway

Israel – The 646th Reserve Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), through Colonel Elad Shushan, sent a clear message to Hamas: “your fate is sealed.” The brigade’s recent mission in Gaza resulted in the destruction of a strategic underground tunnel stretching from the north to the south of the area, marking a significant blow to the operational capabilities of the group. During its extensive campaign in the subterranean environment of Gaza, the Israeli Army discovered critical information, including videos from the early stages of the conflict showing the abduction of the Bibas family. Additionally, videos recorded Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar fleeing with his family through the tunnels, further demonstrating the extensive use of these passageways by the group’s leadership for operational purposes and escape.

IDF Colonel to Hamas: "Your Fate is Sealed" – Preparations for the battle of Rafah
PHOTO IDF IN GAZA

Reflecting on the brigade’s achievements, Colonel Elad Shushan stated, “We have reached every hideout up and down the Gaza Strip, and today, the terrorists know there is no safe hiding place, and their fate is sealed.” The Gaza Strip is currently under almost full control of the Israeli Army, except for the city of Rafah, where serious concerns for a potential humanitarian disaster arise as it hosts displaced Palestinians from Gaza City and Khan Yunis. The invasion of Rafah is expected to take place by early March, according to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who stated that this plan will not change unless Hamas surrenders.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers and armored vehicles are currently stationed around Rafah, awaiting orders to confront what the IDF describes as the last Hamas brigades in the area. The outcome of this battle is anticipated to also determine the fate of Israeli hostages taken by Hamas after the attack on October 7th.

This statement and the preparation for the battle of Rafah highlight the escalating tension and the readiness of the IDF to engage in significant military operations to secure the region and counteract Hamas’s influence.