Russian Warships Launch Drill From Tartus versus US-Israeli-Greek Naval Exercise. According to DEBKAfile, not 24 hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that a pre-emptive strike against Iran would violate international law, Moscow put muscle into its warning. A Russian guided missile destroyer arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus from its Black Sea base for a naval exercise. The warship's support group is on the way. Israeli warships and air force jets may therefore find themselves not just operating alongside US naval vessels and aircraft but confronted suddenly by one of the largest destroyers in the Russian fleet, whose decks are the launching base for anti-air, anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles.
Typhoon-strength storm kills two in Japan, and brings chaos to travel routes. According to the AFP, a typhoon-strength storm brought travel chaos to Japan on Tuesday, as violent winds and rain killed at least two people and left tens of thousands of people stranded. Gusts of up to 93 miles per hour have been recorded in western Japan, with coastal areas likely seeing even stronger winds. At least 163 people suffered injuries across the country, knocked over by sudden gusts or hit by flying debris.
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