The war in Syria is moving south, toward Jerusalem, and with an international coalition of stunning strength. That coalition includes the the first-ever Shiite army which is also a foreign legion. Expected to number 50-70,000, it is shifting the focus of soldiers from political and tribal allegiances to a single religious identity.
As Israeli President Reuven Rivlin winds up his trip to India, his nonchalant courage and familiarity with issues that matter to his host, a nation of 1.3 billion is impressed by his chutzpah. Rivlin's nudge might be enough to adjust New Delhi's ship of state to sail with Jerusalem. Indian journalist, Kanchan Gupta reports.
As Russia's Northern Fleet approaches Syria, and hence Israel, Putin and Netanyahu found time to talk by phone. Topics included birthday greetings to Netanyahu and 25 years of relations between the countries. According to the Kremlin, "they also discussed urgent international and regional issues."
Russia's huge Northern Fleet, including its massive aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, passed through the British Channel today. Almost certainly en route to Syria, it could be Moscow's "biggest military offensive since the Cold War."
According to one assessment by Israeli intelligence, Russian President Vladamir Putin and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan are scrambling to take advantage of the power vacuum left in the Middle East by US President Barack Obama. As Moscow soldifies it superpower presence there, it is already carving up a portion of Syria for shared control with Ankara.