Let’s face it: The world at large is a bit of a mess these days, with international conflicts perpetually on the precipice of calamity seemingly at all times.
In this tense and agitated state, a number of quiet and cold conflicts have been raging around the planet. Some have spilled over into heated exchanges of military assets, such as the confusing and rapidly evolving situation involving Israel and Iran in Syria.
Iran has backed Syria’s “right to defend itself” after Israel launched strikes on what it said was Iranian military infrastructure inside Syria.
In the first comments by Iran since Thursday’s wave of strikes, the foreign ministry condemned the “blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty”.
They came after 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military positions in the occupied Golan Heights.
Israel said Iranian fighters had carried out that attack. Iran has neither directly confirmed or denied this but has said that Israel’s attacks on Syria were founded “on self-proclaimed, baseless pretexts”.
And, if you weren’t already convinced that this could be the beginning of World War III, we mustn’t forget that the Russian military is intimately involved in Syria as well, having already warned the United States to stay out of their way as they prop up monstrous Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Now, this heated exchange has relocated to the skies over Alaska.
A pair of U.S. Air Force stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers Friday morning off the coast of Alaska, a spokesman for NORAD (North American Aeorospace Defense Command) told Fox News.
The approach by the two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian “Bear” aircraft marked the first time in just over a year that Russian bombers had flown that close to U.S. territory.
Two separate defense officials reached by Fox News said the Russian bombers came within 55 miles of Alaska’s west coast. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss that portion of the intercept.
The bombers entered a U.S. air-defense identification zone (ADIZ), defined as airspace extending approximately 200 miles from the nation’s coastline, though mainly composed of international airspace.
This is far from the first time that the two superpowers have had close calls militarily in recent years.
Famously, Russian jets were videotaped buzzing a number of U.S. ships out on assignment in the Baltic region.