DF said Hamas and Islamic Jihad responded to Israel's provocation. It avoided saying doing so is lawful. It called both Palestinian groups "terrorists." It claimed they're affiliated with Iran.
Their so-called "barrage" was about 20 or 30 mortars and homemade rockets. They harmed no one. Israel attacks with tanks, artillery, and air strikes. Great harm is caused. Civilians suffer most.
"Israel also suspects that the pilotless helicopter sent by Iran to breach Israeli air space Saturday, Oct. 6, which flew in from the Mediterranean over the Gaza Strip, was jointly orchestrated by Tehran, Hizballah and Hamas as part of a war exercise Hamas conducted in the Gaza Strip on that day."
In a previous article, this writer suggested it was an Israeli false flag. It's a Mossad/Shin Bet specialty. Many incidents occurred previously since before Israel's creation. It's hard keeping track of how many. They generally occur at strategically timed moments. They point fingers the wrong way.
The Middle East pot now is boiling. This incident turns up more heat. It bears watching what's coming. Tinder boxes have a way of erupting out of control.
Stratfor global intelligence also issues suspect reports. Again, separating accuracy from its agenda takes some effort. WikiLeaks calls it "a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations" and other clients.
It added that it's "a money-making scheme of questionable legality. (Its) material shows how a private intelligence agency works, and how they target individuals for their corporate and government clients."
The organization's reputation is mixed at best. One observer calls it The Economist a week later. It employs researchers/reporters, not intelligence operatives.
That said, its late September report headlined "Curious US and French Military Deployments," saying:
What's going on is unclear. Deployments are common. They mostly attract little attention. Given heightened tensions across the Middle East, perhaps this one bears closer watching. Who can know for sure.
Stratfor reported "at least a dozen MC-130H, HC-130N, HC-130P and AC-130U military transport planes and gunships crossed the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 13 heading eastbound. These aircraft are typically used for a variety of special tasks, including in close cooperation with special operations forces."
When last spotted, they were in Souda Bay, Crete. It's not clear if they left. Days later, reports indicated that 12 Marine F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets arrived at Moron Air Base, Spain.
It's not known where they're heading. They could be en route to Afghanistan. The Harrier squadron stationed at Britain's Camp Bastion suffered heavy mid-September losses. Another Harrier unit replaced it.
Perhaps the newly deployed squadron has another mission. It's also possible that "the F/A-18s are heading to the Gulf Cooperation Council region."
"A number of air superiority squadrons, including an F-22 Raptor squadron, have already deployed to the region. If that is the case, the squadron is intended simply as reinforcements or replacements for assets currently deployed there."
In late September, it was learned that hundreds of US forces and security personnel will remain in Iraq despite no congressional funding for them.