Japan & Australia consider submarine deal that could rattle China

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Japan will get the chance to pursue an unprecedented military export deal when its defense and foreign ministers meet their Australian counterparts in Tokyo next month.

Japan is considering selling submarine technology to Australia – perhaps even a fleet of fully engineered, stealthy vessels, according to Japanese officials. Sources on both sides say the discussions so far have encouraged a willingness to speed up talks. Continue reading

Hezbollah Threatens “Tens of Thousands” Israeli Deaths

When following the new stories lately, one might realize the bigger picture in that all sides seem fully prepared and braced for conflict. The only missing component is what sparks the fire that will engulf the entire Middle Eastern region. A sudden and imminent collapse of the Syrian regime could be once such factor. The use of chemical or biological weapons will also mean all bets are off the table and Damascus is likely to be razed.

The leader of the terror group Hezbollah has vowed to unleash a barrage of missile attacks on Israel, potentially causing “tens of thousands of fatalities” in the Jewish state’s northern region, according to a recently translated interview.

Hassan Nasrallah, the terror group’s longtime leader, briefly emerged from hiding late last week to discuss Hezbollah’s ability to “turn the lives of millions of Zionist Israelis in all of occupied Palestine into a living hell,” according an interview with Al-Manar TV that was translated Wednesday by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“We are capable of changing the face of Israel,” Nasrallah said. “I say to the Israelis: There are a number of targets” in Israel that can be “reached by several precise missiles.”

“We possess such missiles,” Narallah added, confirming suspicion’s that Hezbollah has been stockpiling more sophisticated weaponry. “Striking these targets—which I will not name—with only a few missiles will turn the lives of hundreds of thousands of Zionists into a living hell. We may be talking about tens of thousands of fatalities.”

“We have the coordinates of these targets,” Nasrallah said. “Our missiles are set in secret locations and are aimed at these targets.”

Full article: Hezbollah Threatens “Tens of Thousands” Israeli Deaths (Washington Free Beacon)