A Russian naval task force led by aircraft carrier docks at Syrian port
January 13, 2009, 2:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
"The force, which includes the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Admiral Levchenko destroyer and the Nikolay Chiker salvage tug, was due to call in at the Syrian port of Tartus..."
"DEBKAfile's military sources report that the arrival of the Russian flotilla in wartime is unusual and especially significant given Syria's role as one of the staunchest backers of Hamas which is embroiled in a war against Israel further down the coast in Gaza."
Israel's northern forces on high alert after rocket attack on Kiryat Shemona
DEBKAfile Special Report
January 14, 2009
"Hizballah's Al Manar TV reports that Israel fired back. Additional Lebanese sources described Israeli helicopters hovering over southern Lebanon and five missiles fired at the rocket sites.
Five Katyusha rockets were apparently fired early Wednesday, Jan. 14, from two places in S. Lebanon. DEBKAfiles military sources report: The second rocket attack from Lebanon in less than a week indicates Hizballah is supplying its terrorist allies with rockets for a systematic assault on northern Israel in support of Hamas in the Gaza Strip."
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