From July 21, 2020, when the Israeli regime killed Hezbollah fighter Kamal Mohesen south of Damascus, until December 26, when on the evening before, a new Israeli strike against Masyaf took place, The Lebanese Resistance was constantly looking for an opportunity to re-establish its balance of power, and this time the opportunity did not present itself, given that the Zionist army had ordered its troops to withdraw a few kilometers behind the border demarcation, not to appear in public and if necessary to use the settlers (civilians?). ) as a shield and all this for fear that Hezbollah snipers would liquidate as Nasrallah had promised one of them.
It took months of patience on the part of the Hezbollah fighters and especially the collapse of the Zionist cabinet and the differences within the entity for the Israeli military to return to the border strip on board their patrol believing that the matter was settled. And yet the beginnings of an imminent retaliation have been multiplying these last few days: starting with this video of a spectacular infiltration operation in the skies over Galilee carried out by Hezbollah drone(s) that filmed all the sensitive points of the northern front heading towards the Shebaa farms at the height of the “Lethal Arrow” military exercise. Even the settlers who attacked the Zionist army commander-in-chief on Thursday night in the middle of the anti-Netanyah demonstration, pushing the guy to try to shoot them from below, understood the message, although the Zionist army did not pin it on them: Israel is exposed, totally naked, to the simultaneous cruise missile and drone attacks of the Resistance.
According to Lebanese sources, an Israeli patrol was targeted on the morning of Saturday, December 26, as it was crossing the border village of Adaisseh, in southern Lebanon. The news site Al-Jadeed reports that “the Israeli enemy patrol had crossed the barrier during a “””cleaning”” operation in al-Harj near the site of the Maskafam military settlement”. This means that the presence of the Israeli military did not even matter, as the raid largely bypassed their “vigilance”.
And the newspaper continues:
“According to the information, the explosion was caused by an explosive device and caused deaths among the enemy soldiers whose cries and screams resounded in the area before the ambulances reached it to evacuate them while the patrol was rushing back to one of its military sites”. That’s the limit for an Israel that only a month ago claimed to be bombing the occupied Golan Heights because it had discovered “kalimagor bombs” there! Parallel to this attack, which for the moment has not been accompanied by any comments from the Resistance, a video published on social networks shows the strength of Hezbollah’s 910 unit, nicknamed the Black Unit.
Unit in charge of the Resistance’s external operations and composed of “special teams that operate in networks and in complementarity”. Unit 910, “whose elements are present in many countries” is placed under the command of Abu Jafar, whom the Israelis call “ghost”. Haaretz has his own assessment of the action of this unit: not a single mission has been carried out by Unit 910: Kalimagor or not, the Israeli army raised the alert level on the Northern front especially since on the Southern front the Palestinian Resistance promised “very nice surprises on the occasion of its military parade of December 29th”.
The Deputy Commander of the Iranian Missile Defense Force Qods: Dhafra/Udeid soon evacuated?!
Islamic Revolution has declared that a “severe revenge” for the assassination of General Soleimani would definitely be on the agenda, regardless of the other two slaps in the face the United States would receive for this cowardly assassination.
Referring to the measures planned to defeat the “Great Satan” and avenge the blood of General Soleimani, the Deputy Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Brigadier General Mohammad Hedjazi said: “The solemn funerals of martyrs Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mouhandes and the missile attack on the US military base of Ain al-Assad were two slaps in the face inflicted on the US by Iran. The next two slaps were the U.S. software defeat in the region and the expulsion of U.S. forces from the region. »
“These are just slaps in the face, while revenge will be severe,” General Hejazi added, warning those who ordered and carried out the attack that the Islamic Republic will decide how and when to take revenge depending on the situation.
In an article on the Center for a New American Security (CANS) Web site, Becca Wasser and Aaron Stein wrote that “Iran’s increased capabilities are forcing the United States to rethink its defense architecture in the Middle East.
“Instead of relying on a small number of large, permanent bases near Iran, the United States should focus on a set of small, scattered bases. The shift to a strategy of less presence and more diplomacy in the region requires the United States to use a flexible distributed architecture for the security of U.S. forces,” the article points out.
After the first (Persian) Gulf War and with the recent wars, many U.S. bases became permanent bases and a number of operational centers expanded.
“Although the U.S. footprint in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has diminished, the U.S. base architecture has expanded. The al-Udeid and al-Dhafra bases in the United Arab Emirates are being expanded to accommodate more U.S. soldiers on a permanent basis. However, the continued expansion of these bases has not always been consistent with U.S. objectives and the security of regional partners,” says the Center for a New American Security (CANS).
Becca Wasser and Aaron Stein believe that Iran has the equipment and capability to conduct precision attacks against nearby targets. Iran’s investment in missile capabilities challenges U.S. forces to locate and destroy small, scattered targets. “In this way, Iran, which has the largest missile arsenal in the Middle East, could easily damage the largest and most important U.S. bases. »
According to the authors of the article, Iran can also strengthen its conventional capabilities with unconventional tools. Such as the use of “proxy forces” that are supposed to broaden the scope of their activities and allow credibility to be denied. This makes it difficult to attribute attacks directly to Iran and possible responses will become increasingly complicated.
“The U.S. defense capability is not unlimited. For example, they do not have enough Patriot missile systems. Sending large numbers of Patriot missiles to the Middle East reduces the stockpile of these systems in India, the Pacific and Europe. However, even if the United States has sufficient air defense systems, Iran will still have the number of missiles needed to bypass these systems,” they added.
The Center for a New American Security (CANS) points out that “at present, large air bases do not appear necessary to protect U.S. assets and are vulnerable to Iranian missile strikes. The United States should reduce the current base structure to a set of smaller bases spread throughout the region so that these smaller bases can accommodate the rotation of U.S. units.
To implement this approach, the al-Adeed and Arifjan bases must be reduced, and to complement these developments, Washington must have access to pre-established agreements to rapidly increase its capabilities in the region if necessary.
“In the event of a crisis with Iran, the United States should move its forces from the vicinity of the Persian Gulf to more distant bases, such as Shahid Mowaffaq Air Base in Jordan or Prince Sultan’s base, because Iran has fewer missiles to reach them.
by Basit Abbasi – KN