REPORT: 4500 US Troops on Syrian Border. 73 Syrian Officers Flee to Turkey. Joint US-Israeli Contingency Plan: ’18 Chemical Targets in Syria’… SYRIA: A Bloody Summer Guaranteed
June 15th, 2013
REPORT: 73 SYRIAN OFFICERS FLEE TO TURKEY
Though it seems tide turned in Assad’s favor, Turkey reports mass defection, including 20 colonels, 7 generals.
In Beirut, Hezbollah leader stays committed to Syrian fighting
Jordan wargames: Patriot batteries, F-16s and 4,500 US troops near Syrian border
Multinational military exercise ‘Eager Lion’ has been launched in Jordan amid condemnation from neighboring Syria and its ally Russia. The US brings Patriot missile batteries to the Syrian border, which could remain deployed afterwards.
The exercises will last for 12 days, bringing together about 8,000 personnel from 19 countries, mostly Arabic, but also including the US and Europe. The maneuvers will also involve some 3,000 Jordanian and 500 British troops.
Joint US-Israeli contingency plan: ’18 chemical targets in Syria’
Time magazine reports on new cooperation between US, Israel: If Assad falls, or radicals near stockpiles, 18 chemical weapon caches will be targeted