Canadian and Russian (Chechen) newspapers are reporting that multiple countries are evacuating their embassies from Moscow due to the smoke from surrounding forest fires. Countries involved in the evacuation according to the Canadian article include Germany, Poland, Canada, the Netherlands, and Austria.
According to the Chechen news, there is some concern for the fires having burn through several warehouses and factories that produce and/or store chemical and biological weapons. Other concerns involved the fires burning through areas around Chernobyl which may result in increased radiation in the soot, smog, and ash in the air. However, the Chechen article suggests maybe the diplomats know something the rest of us don't: " It is possible that the diplomats, through the intelligence services of their countries, know something that is not yet known to the general public."
Friday by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the US State Department. The statement reads:"The US State Department warns American citizens about the risks involved in traveling to Russia due to wildfires there and their impact on safety, air quality, and transportation". Foreign Ministries of Germany, Bulgaria: France, Italy and other countries also appealed to their citizens not to travel to Russia. According to the Chechen article, "the current alert warning will remain in force until September 5"
Other's think this evacuation may supply cover for impending strike on the Iranian nuclear facility at Bushehr. It is well known that Russia is currently shipping nuclear fuel to the Bushehr light-water reactor to restart it. Accordingly, it is very likely Israel would choose to strike this facility and others before the nuclear fuel arrives in order to prevent radiological contamination. August 10, 2010 is a new moon and a favorite time to launch air strikes under the cover of darkness.
Other alternative news sources are reporting that Israel is scheduling a massive military drill for August 10. According to the news report:
"Israel is to move large tank, armored infantry and artillery up north as an extra warning to Tehran, Damascus and Beirut not to let their crises spill over to Israel's borders or generate a repeat of the Aug. 3 military clash in which Lt. Col. Dov Harari was killed by a Lebanese sniper.
Monday night, the Israeli military unusually warned citizens and motorists they would have to put up with heavy military traffic on the northern highways leading from the center of the country to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, Upper Galilee and the Golan - in particular Route 71 linking Afulah and Bet Shean, and Routes 90 and 92 which circle the lake and reach the Galilee Panhandle. They were advised to avoid the roads leading up to the Israeli-Syrian and Israeli-Lebanese borders."