Libya's General is in Moscow seeking help in the fight against ISIS. For his part, Putin may be asking for a new military base on Europe's southern doorstep. The prize that everybody seeks? Libya's Mediterranean oil fields.
There is a much bigger plan afoot in the Middle East than dealing with Islamic State. If Moscow, Tehran and Beijing succeed, there will be a polar shift in global economics — and Jerusalem will find itself in the crosshairs.
According to Moscow, Russia's Air Force and Navy launched a “large-scale” operation against “terrorists” in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs Tuesday, 15 November. In fact, the new offense is fairly low key. Israel's intelligence news service, DEBKAfile, explains.
Yesterday and today, Russia lit a number of fuses in the complicated powder keg in Syria. Explosions, hopefully kept under control, are set for sometime tonight or early tomorrow. With assurances from Russia's PM Medvedev, Jerusalem is keeping a careful watch.
Political maneuverings in the international arena almost always means bloodshed. Rarely however, if ever, have internal US politics so openly competed with the blood of foreign combatants. But according to Israeli intelligence source, that is exactly what is happening today.