Hezbollah has stepped up its attacks on Israel in recent weeks striking deeper inside Israel with new and more advanced weaponry

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Important Takeaways:

  • The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah this week struck a military post in northern Israel using a drone that fired two missiles. The attack wounded three soldiers, one of them seriously, according to the Israeli military.
  • Hezbollah has regularly fired missiles across the border with Israel over the past seven months, but the one on Thursday appears to have been the first successful missile airstrike it has launched from within Israeli airspace.
  • “Hezbollah has been escalating the situation in the north,” said military spokesman Lt. Col. Nadav Shoshani. “They’ve been firing more and more.”

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IDF has updated that the full Iranian attack consisted of over 300 threats: US, UK, France, and Jordan help to defend Israel

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Important Takeaways:

  • Iran attacks Israel: No drones, cruise missiles breached Israeli airspace
  • Sirens blared across Israel on Saturday night as hundreds of drones and missiles launched from Iran reached Israel. Drones and missiles were also reportedly launched from Yemen and other countries around the region.
  • The IDF has updated that the full Iranian attack consisted of over 300 threats, of which 100 were ballistic missiles launched from Iran. Another 30 cruise missiles were launched from the Islamic Republic, along with drones. There were also two rounds of rockets, around 40 total, fired on Israel from Lebanon, with Israel responding with counterattacks in close to real-time.
  • None of the drones or cruise missiles entered Israeli airspace. IDF spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari noted that only a small number of ballistic missiles penetrated the Jewish state’s airspace.
  • Almost all interceptions have been by aircraft, David’s Sling, or the Arrow missile systems. The Iron Dome, which defends well against Hamas and Hezbollah’s simple rockets, is less relevant for drones and fancier long-range missiles.
  • Iran confirmed that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had launched a missile and drone attack against Israel.
  • Israel, the US, the UK, and Jordan worked to intercept the drones and missiles over Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Israel, according to foreign reports. France also assisted in shooting down the aerial threats.
  • The Islamic Republic’s attack comes after it accused Israel of killing top Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Mohammad Reza Zahedi on April 1, who had directed its proxy attacks on Israel in Lebanon and Syria, including being a top coordinator with Hezbollah.

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Iran’s concerning test of ballistic missiles as preparation for strikes on Israeli military sites housing F-35’s

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Important Takeaways:

  • Iran test fired advanced ballistic missiles on Tuesday in a series of war drills meant to prepare the Islamic Republic for a strike on Israeli military sites that house American-made F-35 fighter jets, according to the country’s state-controlled media.
  • Iran claims its missiles are capable of striking deep into Israel and are capable of traveling more than 1,000 miles.
  • A massive explosion Tuesday at an Iranian gas line also heightened the possibility of an Israeli confrontation with Tehran, as the hardline regime claimed the incident was a “terrorist act of sabotage.”

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Intense fighting continues in Ukraine as Russia launches 122 missiles and 36 drones over an 18-hour period

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Important Takeaways:

  • Russia launched 122 missiles and dozens of drones against Ukrainian targets, officials said Friday, killing at least 24 civilians across the country in what an air force official said was the biggest aerial barrage of the war.
  • The Ukrainian air force intercepted most of the ballistic and cruise missiles and the Shahed-type drones overnight, said Ukraine’s military chief, Valerii Zaluzhnyi.
  • Western officials and analysts recently warned that Russia had limited its cruise missile strikes in recent months in an apparent effort to build up stockpiles for massive strikes during the winter, hoping to break the Ukrainians’ spirit.
  • British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the huge attack should stir the world to further action in support of Ukraine.
  • At least 130 people were injured and an unknown number were buried under rubble during the roughly 18-hour onslaught, Ukrainian officials said. Among the buildings reported to be damaged across Ukraine were a maternity hospital, apartment blocks and schools.

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Europe spending on tanks and missiles a sign the world is becoming insecure about what comes next – WWIII?

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Important Takeaways:

  • WWIII Watch: Europe Defense Spending Soars with Tanks, Missiles, Fighter Jets, Attack Helicopters, All on Order
  • Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, and since then only one thing has been certain: the rest of Europe is desperate to build military muscle as soon as possible to help counter any further predatory moves by Moscow.
  • Europe must race to ensure it can better defend itself as new military threats could emerge by the end of the decade even as the focus of security ally the U.S. shifts towards the Indo-Pacific, Germany’s defense minister has already warned.
  • Czech Defense Minister Jana Černochová… announced Thursday her country is advancing negotiations with Germany to carry out a joint acquisition of up to 77 new Leopard 2A8 main battlefield tanks.
  • The NATO member is also nearing the completion of talks to buy C-390 Millennium transport aircraft and F-35 Lightning II fighter jets.
  • Spain has ordered 16 Airbus C295 aircraft in maritime patrol and surveillance configurations for €1.7 billion (U.S. $1.9 billion), Airbus announced Wednesday.
  • Figures released in April showed $2.24 trillion was outlaid globally in 2022 with Europe leading the way due to Ukraine’s demands for continued supplies of battlefield hardware.
  • Some of the sharpest increases were seen in Finland (+36 percent), Lithuania (+27 percent), Sweden (+12 percent) and Poland (+11 percent).
  • “The continuous rise in global military expenditure in recent years is a sign that we are living in an increasingly insecure world,”

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Multiple missiles fired from North Korea including a failed ICBM

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Important Takeaways:

  • North Korea fires suspected intercontinental ballistic missile
  • North Korea has fired multiple missiles, including a failed suspected intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that forced the Japanese government to issue evacuation alerts in the northern and central parts of the country.
  • The launches on Thursday are the latest in a series of North Korean weapons tests in recent months that have raised tensions in the region. They come a day after Pyongyang fired more than 20 missiles, the most in a single day, including one that landed off South Korea’s coast for the first time and prompted Seoul to fire air-to ground missiles in response.
  • The United States said the launch was a clear breach of UN resolutions.
  • “This action underscores the need for all countries to fully implement (North Korea) related UN Security Council resolutions, which are intended to prohibit (North Korea) from acquiring the technologies and materials needed to carry out these destabilizing tests,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement.

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Iranian Commander says they will be demonstrating a new hypersonic missile soon

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Important Takeaways:

  • Third Country With Hypersonic Missile: After Russia & China, Will Iran ‘Outspeed’ The US To Deploy Mach 5+ Weapons?
  • Iran will soon present a new hypersonic missile after conducting all the necessary tests, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, said on Monday.
  • “The tests of this (hypersonic) missile have been conducted, and it will be demonstrated soon,” Iranian news agency IRIB quoted him as saying.
  • The commander added that the new missile can fly at a speed of 12-15 Mach (8,893-11,116 miles per hour), is maneuverable both inside and outside the atmosphere, and is capable of targeting enemy missile defense systems.

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US Missile Defense System fails to shoot down Russian hypersonic after being targeted

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Important Takeaways:

  • Russia’s Hypersonic Strike on Ukraine’s Patriot Missiles is a Very Good Sign For North Korea
  • On May 16, as part of a series of Russian missile strikes on the Ukrainian capital Kiev Russian Air Force, MiG-31K strike fighters launched Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic ballistic missiles against Patriot air defense systems recently delivered by the United States
  • The Patriot is the Western world’s premier ground-based long range air defense system, and has been widely fielded not only by NATO members the United States, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Spain, but also by key East Asian security partners including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
  • The Kinzhal missile strike was confirmed by Western sources to have disabled the targeted Patriot system, with Russian sources reporting that the radar and command vehicle and five launch batteries were neutralized after firing 32 surface to air missiles to attempt to stop the incoming strike.
  • The success of the Kinzhal in neutralizing Patriot batteries partly vindicates not only Russia’s massive investment in missile systems such as Iskander-Ms, but also North Korea’s placing of an even more extreme emphasis on these kinds of assets.
  • North Korea has notably invested in a much wider range of launch vehicles for the KN-23, including wheeled, tracked, rail based and even submersible launchers, in contrast to the Iskander-M which has been deployed only from the Belarusian MZKT-7930 wheeled vehicle.
  • North Korea can potentially similarly use the KN-23 neutralize enemy air defenses and thus leave targeted territories much more vulnerable to its wider arsenals.

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Ukraine under fire as Russian missiles target residential areas, schools and industrial facility

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Important Takeaways:

  • 34 Casualties as Russian Missiles Rain Down on Ukrainian Civilians in Early Morning Raid
  • Eighteen cruise missiles were fired in total from the Murmansk region and the Caspian region, and 15 of them were intercepted, said Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi.
  • The attack follows Friday’s launch of more than 20 cruise missiles and two explosive drones at Ukraine, which was the first to target Kyiv in nearly two months.
  • In Monday’s attack, missiles hit Pavlohrad, in the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region, wounding 34 people, including five children, according to Serhii Lysak the region’s top official.
  • Seven missiles shot at the city and “some were intercepted” but others hit an industrial facility, sparking a fire, and a residential neighborhood where 19 apartment buildings, 25 homes, six schools and five shops were damaged, he said.
  • Missiles also hit three other areas in the region, damaging residential buildings and a school, he said.
  • Ukraine has also been building up its mechanized brigades with armor supplied by its Western allies, who have also been training Ukrainian troops and sending ammunition, as Kyiv prepares for an expected counteroffensive this spring.
  • On Saturday, two Ukrainian drones hit a Russian oil depot in Crimea in the latest attack on the annexed peninsula as Ukraine gears up for its counteroffensive
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview last week that his country would seek to reclaim the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 in the upcoming counteroffensive.

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North Korea tests multiple cruise missiles as US and South Korea continue drills

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • North Korea fired multiple cruise missiles off its east coast on Wednesday as its rivals South Korea and the United States held joint military exercises, the South Korean military said.
  • Pyongyang has long bristled at exercises conducted by South Korean and U.S. forces, saying they are preparation for an invasion of the North, and it fired the missiles into the sea as the drills were underway.
  • South Korea and the United States reject North Korea’s claims and say the exercises are purely defensive.
  • The allies are set to conclude 11 days of the exercises, called “Freedom Shield 23” on Thursday.

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