Major Updates appear throughout the story below, including Confirmed MISSILE LAUNCHES which commenced at 3:50 PM eastern US time. This story is being LIVE UPDATED as information becomes available.
A trusted source inside Israel is reporting to me that as of 9:30 AM eastern US time Tuesday, the United States, United Kingdom and France are once again deploying fighter jets and Bombers around Syria.
It is __believed__ that this deployment coincides with whatever announcement President Trump intends to make at 2:00 PM today from the White House regarding the Iran nuclear deal.
There is now widespread rumor-mongering and Scuttlebutt in the halls of governments worldwide, that Trump plans to say the Iran nuclear deal is cancelled because Israeli evidence shows Iran LIED throughout the entire process. Trump is expected to say "A deal based on deliberate lies cannot be an actual deal."
The rumors are that once Trump makes this announcement, a bombing campaign of terrible magnitude will begin by the US, UK and France, targeting all Iranian assets (both regular army troops and proxies) throughout Syria. The rumors further say the bombing campaign will not cease until ALL Iranian assets are either destroyed or dead.
It is not known what role Russia and its advanced fighters, bombers and anti-aircraft defenses will play in any such action. If Russia sits by and does nothing, they will look like fools or weaklings. If Russia steps-up and defends Syria, it means war immediately.
If the rumors and Scuttlebutt are true, today is shaping-up to be quite a day. Trouble is, I CANNOT CONFIRM the rumors or scuttlebutt. Repeat: I CANNOT CONFIRM any of this.
Updates to appear below . . . check back.
UPDATE 10:52 AM EDT --
President Trump had a phone call with French President Macron at 10:00 EDT today. Within minutes of that call ending, word began leaking in Europe that Trump is pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. More leaks claim Trump also plans to impose new economic sanctions upon Iran.
UPDATE 11:21 AM EDT --
I am now able to POSITIVELY CONFIRM very large movements of US, UK and French military assets into the Syria area over the last 24 hours. Squadrons of US warplanes and advanced surveillance drones have been working around the clock to track the slightest military movements around Syria and along Lebanese Mediterranean shores. In the last few hours Britain transferred another squadron of advanced Typhoon fighter jets to the Middle East, with France adding Rafale and Mirage 2000 jets. Some of these flights reached their forward positions through Israeli air space.
UPDATE 11:32 AM EDT --
I can now POSITIVELY CONFIRM multiple B-52's took off from Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean earlier today. Destination UNKNOWN.
If . . . . and this is total, unconfirmed, speculation . . . those planes were heading to Syria, the air distance is 3,681 miles to Damascus. B-52's can fly at slightly over 600 MPH, meaning a flight time of about 6 hours. The map below lays out the locations:
The standard loadout for the B-52 includes eight AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, four AGM-142 Raptor missiles, 51 500-pound bombs, 30 1,000-pound bombs, 20 AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles (CALCM), 12 joint stand-off weapons (JSOW), 12 joint direct-attack munitions (JDAM), and 16 wind-corrected munitions. (Updates continue beneath ad)
UPDATE 11:49 AM EDT --
Now numerous foreign government sources saying US will pull OUT of Iran deal AND . . . . U.S. preparing to reinstate all sanctions against Iran which were waived as part of the nuclear deal! Companies that rushed-in to Iran once Sanctions were lifted, are about to get CRUSHED from today's decision . . . their stocks may not fare well.
UPDATE 12:19 PM EDT --
IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot Tuesday called off his public engagements. This was explained by the urgent need for “operational discussions.” He was due to address the annual Herzliya conference Tuesday night.
UPDATE 12:22 PM EDT --
Iran President Hassan Rouhani will deliver a televised speech to his nation after President Trump's announcement at 2:00 PM Eastern US time.
UPDATE 2:44 PM EDT --
President Donald Trump has formally and officially WITHDRAWN the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and immediately re-imposed "Maximum economic sanctions." Full Story HERE
UPDATE 2:49 PM EDT --
Israel has ordered the immediate OPENING of Bomb Shelters for Israeli citizens near the Golan Heights. IDF intelligence says it is detecting "suspicious military activity" by Iranian forces inside Syria.
***** BULLETIN *****
3:00 PM EDT --
Israel Defense Force moves to FULL WAR ALERT.
UPDATE 3:07 PM --
Multiple "Iron Dome" anti-missile systems being deployed and brought online across northern Israel. Israel says they see "final missile preps" taking place inside Syria, and "a lot of Iranian military assets on the move inside Syria."
UPDATE 3:15 PM EDT --
HEAVY IRANIAN TROOP MOVEMENTS NOW DETECTED BOTH IN IRAN AND IN SYRIA.
UPDATE 3:28 PM EDT --
Israel launches Military Air Refueling Tanker:
UPDATE 3:30 PM EDT --
Israel Launching Fighter Jets toward southern Lebanon
CONFIRMED: MULTIPLE WAVES OF ISRAELI FIGHTER JETS NOW IN THE AIR - SOME INSIDE LEBANON!
PENTAGON SEES INDICATIONS IRAN PREPARING TO STRIKE ISRAEL.
UPDATE 3:37 PM EDT -- Jerusalem Post Issues EMERGENCY STATEMENT:
IDF has concrete warnings of a pending attack upon all Israeli settlements in the occupied Golan Heights. Iran assets allegedly to WIPE OUT all Israeli settlements in that occupied area of Syria.
*** BULLETIN ***
3:42 PM EDT --
UNCONFIRMED reports of Israeli air strikes in progress around Damascus, Syria. UNCONFIRMED.
UPDATE 3:45 PM EDT --
Israel has begun a LIMITED "Emergency Call-up" of troops for mobilization to the northern border with Lebanon, and to the Syrian Border. NOT a full mobilization.
U.S. PENTAGON BRIEFING RIGHT NOW:
A) "IRAN SEEMS ON THE VERGE OF A LARGE SCALE ATTACK AGAINST ISRAEL."
B) "SURVEILLANCE SEEING MAJOR MOVEMENTS OF IRANIAN TROOPS AND EQUIPMENT IN SYRIA."
*** BULLETIN *** MISSILE LAUNCH ***
3:50 PM EDT --
Syrian air defenses are engaging Israeli missiles launched from aircraft located over Lebanon. Hostilities have commenced. CONFIRMED
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UPDATE 4:11 PM EDT --
At least five missiles launched by Israeli jets from Lebanon. Syria is claiming 3 out of 5 have been shot down. Two missiles allegedly struck their target. Israelis utilizing heavy electronic warfare jamming against Syrian Air Defenses. Casualties are being reported.
UPDATE 4:20 PM EDT --
Syrian Media now confirming massive air strikes hit Iranian Command and Control base south of Damascus at a place called Al-Keswa.
UPDATE 4:25 PM EDT --
Israeli air strikes CONTINUING and INTENSIFYING
UPDATE 4:34 PM EDT --
Israel has put all its northern civilian hospitals on "Level C Alert" which is Full War Alert
UPDATE 4:45 PM EDT --
Syrian air defense systems have begun gaining "TARGET LOCK" on Israeli aircraft over Lebanon. Israelis order planes to evade via west coast of Lebanon over the sea.
UPDATE 5:10 PM EDT --
Emergency Action Messages (EAM's) being transmitted to US military via Global High Frequency Communications System
UPDATE 5:15 PM EDT --
Russian Air Force launching from base in Tartus, Syria. Heading south.
*** BULLETIN ***
5:28 PM EDT --
Communications Intercepts suggest Iranian government has given a "Go" signal to their forces for retaliation against Israel.
UPDATE 5:35 PM EDT --
UNCONFIRMED . . . Reports radar tracking three unidentified projectiles launched from Badar, Iran, heading west. (Ballistic Missiles?????????)
UPDATE 5:37 PM EDT --
Reports now that Lebanese Army is firing Anti-Aircraft guns against Israeli war planes in a place called Tol Alkofor Alnabatiye in southern Lebanon.
UPDATE 5:50 PM EDT --
For some reason, perhaps evasion, Israeli war planes have now entered JORDAN air space.
MORE . . . CONFIRMED, LARGE NUMBER OF ISRAELI WAR PLANES IN JORDAN AIR SPACE HEADING TOWARD SYRIA. POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL ATTACKS AGAINST IRANIAN "T4" BASE?
UPDATE 6:00 PM EDT --
Major air refueling operation taking place in Israel over the Negev Desert.
INTEL: According to my former colleagues in the US Intelligence Community, the Israeli Air Force is UNABLE to operate their version of the F-35 to carry out strikes against Iran itself. In the event that the Iranian Republican Guard launch a ballistic missile attack upon Tel Aviv, the Israeli government has AUTHORIZED retaliatory launches of Israeli "Jericho III" medium range ballistic missiles, targeting Tehran and, specifically, Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei's residence in Tehran!
UPDATE 8:35 PM EDT --
Hezbollah has called-up all military reserves in southern Lebanon as a result of today's Israeli jet and missile attack against Iranians inside Syria. It is widely estimated that Hezbollah has between 35,000 and 50,000 reserve fighters. The fact they are all being called-up indicates a major confrontation is now in-motion in the Middle East.
Israel halted all of its attacks against Syria within MINUTES of Russian Air Force jets taking-off from Tartus.
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