May 5th Israel Attacks Missiles in Syria - History

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As would be expected, the news in Israel was dominated by the stories of the alleged Israeli attack on Damascus last night. This attack, allegedly the second in three days, seems to have been targeting long range missiles en route to be transferred to Hezbollah.There are many unknowns in the events of the last few days (e.g. Were these new missiles that Iran had just delivered? Alternatively, were these missiles Hezbollah was storing in Syria?, or Is it possible these were Syrian missiles that Hezbollah demanded from Assad in return for their increasing support of his regime? Those who know the answers are being completely quiet on the matter... while everyone else speculates.

There are many other areas ripe for speculation. First and foremost, Who is sending signals to whom? President Obama has made it clear that the U.S. supports the Israeli action. It is not clear if Israel was acting as a sub-contractor for the Unite States, showing Assad how vulnerable he is, or if the Israelis were showing the Americans the extent to which Assad's air defense is a paper tiger.

The biggest question of all, is whether Assad will react. There are two reasons to think he might and two bigger reasons to believe he will not. First of all, this time the Syrian government had no choice but to admit to the attack. This recent attack was visible from all of Damascus and shook the city. If Assad does not react, he will demonstrate additional weakness– the one trait a dictator cannot show. The second reason Assad might react would be the traditional pretext– when things go bad domestically, turn on Israel (the common enemy), who everyone can unite to hate. The problem for Assad at the moment is twofold. In the post-Arab Spring Middle East, (the one in which the fight between Sunnis and Shiites has been shoved to the forefront) using the Israel card does not seem to work. None of the Sunni Arab states condemned the Israeli attack. Many private commentators praised it.

The second reason for Assad to hold back is that any sort of attack on Israel would be suicidal for his regime. Assad could hit Israel with ballistic missiles, many of which would be shot down by both Israel’s Hetz and Iron Dome– and he could cause significant damage. However, in an hour, his airforce would be decimated, as would any missiles he had not fired at the beginning of the war. And if Israel were to find it necessary, Israeli tanks could probably be in Damascus in a matter of hours. So the likelihood of anything other than a symbolic response is extremely limited. Nevertheless, as Israeli commentators mentioned continuously today, this is still the Middle East. So Israel has taken all the necessary defensive steps, including deploying two Iron Dome systems in the North, and closing the northern air space to civilian traffic. Prime Minister Netanyahu however, left this eveing for China, thus endorsing the view that Syria will not take action.

Meanwhile, some of the images coming out of Syria of civilian massacres over the weekend (particularly in the town of Banias) are truly horrific. Sadly, to date, the world is "stoically" ignoring them.


Islam is Love and Peace

Pakistan receives relentless waves of drones attack from the US, and to which citizens have been losing hundreds of families, thousands of close ones, and making millions disabled to live a normal life for the rest of the years. This issue of US-Pakistan drone attacks is another vast topic to discuss and argue about, but recent reports show that Israel attacked the most important port of Syria, named Latakia with anti-ship missiles in the month of July.

Latakia is the principal port in Syria, and the attack on the ships with missiles from Israel was worrisome news. The after-study of the attack stated that the missiles were a type of Russian-made, which are also named Yakhont. The officials reported that Russia had sold the missiles to the Syrian Government. Furthermore, quite surprisingly, the journalists of Syrian national newspaper had clearly reported that Russia has been the supplier of ammunition to Syria, and the major political companion to the president Bashar-al-Assad of Syria, among the rest of first-world countries.

Moreover, the officials are not seen to provide any further details on the attack, regarding the extent and intensity of the missiles crashing near the port, or the number of missiles used in attacking the ships, along with any damage that was inflicted on the country in general. Hence, with no detail to talk about whatsoever, the reporters are quiet about the attack, and the full detailed reports haven’t been made even after ten days of the attack. The excuse for officials, in not providing the details of the attack when asked, was because of being busy in discussing other “intelligence reports.”

Also, the newspapers have reported that Israel had distinctly denied being involved in the current two-year old civil war being fought in Syria, except to take action if there is any weapon transfer and take measures to stop it. It is also a known fact, according to the newspapers, the attack of July 5th was the fourth attack launched in the air to strike Syria by Israel. Furthermore, the Syrian rebels as well declared their innocence in taking part in the attack on Latakia port on July 5th. As seen in Times newspaper, the United States and Israeli officials alike have not forwarded a single comment on the attack publicly, yet.

Finally, the reports of the earlier year cropped up that Russia had sold a quite advanced version of the same missile, Yakhont, to the President Assad’s regime, and declared the delivery was purely committed to peace-talks. Nonetheless, the delivery forced the US officials to complain the move of Russia as “ill-timed,” as seen in the month of May’s newspapers.

Undoubtedly, such advanced missiles if delivered to the Syrian regime frequently, would make the defense system of the country a lot more intimidating for other first-world countries. It also will increase Syria’s ability and capacity to attack the particularly fortified areas, and defend it against similar missiles and drone attacks, while it may considerably make the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Syria, a difficult task to accomplish if nations like US and else tried to initiate.


Apartheid Israel attacks Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator

LATAKIA: A camp created for Palestinian refugees in Latakia, Syria was attacked by Israeli missiles fired today at 2:18 am. Residents across the area were jolted from sleep and thrown into terror at the sound of the aerial missile attacks across the region.

The Palestinian Refugee Camp was not a military base or Syrian government asset, but a densely inhabited residential area, not far from the center of the city. The exact area struck was the popular Friday Market where residents buy and sell a variety of new and used items on Fridays.

Those killed and wounded in the attack were all civilians, and among them was a woman and her son. One person died, and six were injured and treated at local hospitals. A privately owned plastics factory was destroyed at Ras Al Shamra, an area known for beach cottages and the site of the first written alphabet on earth.

The aerial attack also included the small city of Jeblah, just south of Latakia, and near the Russian airbase of Hmeimin.

Also attacked was Hefeh, in the foothills east of Latakia, which is a tree fruit-producing area, and Mesyaf southeast of Latakia in the Hama province.

Syrian air defenses confronted the Israeli aggression on the coastal region and downed several missiles in the early morning attacks.

Israel has a very long, and consistent history of air attacks in many places across Syria, and especially in areas near the capital Damascus. The attacks are unprovoked and go unanswered however, they have rarely hit Latakia which is close to Russia's main airbase.

Last week, Israel sent senior delegates to Washington to discuss their view of Iran with US counterparts.

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Syria: Attack on military facility was a 'declaration of war' by Israel

A Syrian official called an attack Sunday on the nation's military research facility a "declaration of war" by Israel.

In an interview with CNN, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al Mekdad said the attack represented an alliance between Islamic terrorists and Israel.

He added that Syria would retaliate against Israel in its own time and way.

Early Sunday morning, a series of massive explosions illuminated the predawn sky in Damascus, prompting more claims that Israel has launched attacks into the war-torn country.

Syria accused Israel of firing rockets into the Damascus suburb of Jamraya, striking the research center, Syrian state-run TV reported. The report claimed that the rocket attack on the research center aided rebels, who have been battling government forces in the region.

The Israeli military would not confirm nor deny the Syrian TV claim that Israel had launched rockets.

"We do not comment on these reports at all," an Israeli military spokesperson said.

An Israeli Army official told CNN that two rocket interception batteries have been deployed to northern Israel.

The report comes shortly after U.S. officials first told CNN that the United States believes Israel conducted an airstrike against Syria. Two U.S. officials told CNN on Friday that Israel apparently launched an airstrike into Syria on Thursday or Friday. Based on initial information, the United States does not believe Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace to conduct the strike.

The Israeli military did not comment on the U.S. claim of an airstrike. But Israel has long said it would target any transfer of weapons to Hezbollah or other terrorist groups, as well as at any effort to smuggle Syrian weapons into Lebanon that could threaten Israel.

"We are watching everything when it comes to the movement of these types of weapons. We have the means to do that," a senior Israeli defense official told CNN's Sara Sidner on Sunday. The official is not authorized to speak to the media.

Shaul Mofaz, a lawmaker with Israel's Knesset, told Israeli Army Radio that Israel isn't meddling with Syria's civil war. But Israel must protect itself from Lebanese militants, he said.

"For Israel, it is very important that the front group for Iran, which is in Lebanon, needs to be stopped," Mofaz said.

"Everything that goes into the hands of Hezbollah is not directly related to the rebels. Israel never interfered in the past or today in their actions.

Nevertheless, I need to say that Hezbollah is deeply involved up to its neck in what is happening in Syria. Hezbollah helps the Iranians navigate against the rebels."

Neither Hezbollah nor the Lebanese government commented immediately after Sunday's claims.

Syria: Israel has targeted the defense facility before

Sunday's report is the second claim by Syria this year of a strike against the government defense research facility,

In January, reports surfaced that Israeli warplanes targeted the Jamraya research facility. The Syrian government has said that airstrike killed two workers and injured five others.

A U.S. official told CNN at the time the Syrian claims were false. The official said Israeli fighter jets targeted a Syrian government convoy carrying surface-to-air missiles bound for Hezbollah. But Syria denied there were such shipments.

Lebanon reports Israeli warplanes overhead

Claims of Israeli foreign presence was not limited to Syria the Lebanese army said Israel flew warplanes over Lebanon on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Lebanese President Gen. Michel Sleiman condemned the violations as "an attempt to shaken Lebanese stability," the state-run National News Agency reported Saturday.

The Israeli military had no comment on the Lebanese claim. But an Israeli defense source said, "We will do whatever is necessary to stop the transfer of weapons from Syria to terrorist organizations. We have done it in the past, and we will do it if necessary the future."

Sectarian violence continues

The latest report of rocket attacks comes as sectarian violence erupted in northwestern Syria. Three consecutive days of killing by mostly Alawite forces have left hundreds of predominantly Sunni residents dead, opposition groups said Saturday.

State media have said their forces were seeking only to clear the area of "terrorists," the term they have routinely used when referring to rebel forces.
But the U.S. State Department said it was "appalled by horrific reports that more than 100 people were killed May 2" in Beyda, a suburb of Baniyas.

Several opposition groups said largely Alawite regime forces used tanks, battleships and missile launchers to target largely Sunni neighborhoods in and around the coastal city of Baniyas.

Government forces killed at least 200 people on Friday and Saturday in Baniyas and its suburbs, the opposition Local Coordination Committees said Saturday.

But reliable information has been difficult to obtain because government forces controlled access to the village, the LCC said.

A graphic video posted by activists who said it was shot in the Ras al-Nabaa neighborhood showed people, including an infant, lying lifeless on the ground. Many bore what appeared to be bullet wounds, and some appeared burned.

CNN has not been able to confirm the video's authenticity, as access to Syrian war zones has been severely limited by the government.

State-run Syrian TV reported that government troops and the National Defense militia - an armed Alawite group loyal to the government, "have cleaned the area from armed terrorists" after "they burned civilians' homes and terrorized the population." The report was supported by interviews with members of the Syrian army.

U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters on Friday that he did not foresee a scenario of "American boots on the ground in Syria" that would be good for that country or the region. Obama said other leaders in the region want to see al-Assad out of power.

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reported from Damascus Sara Sidner reported from Jerusalem. CNN's Holly Yan, Barbara Starr and Saad Abedine contributed to this report


Heading rapidly toward another round. Ta’ish Suriya!

With dedicated good ISIS troops advancing on the ground and missile strikes from the eventual winners of this conflict Assad may be rethinking his position. As gutless as Assad is it is surprising that he hasn’t fled with an asylum deal yet. When his weak Syrian army start suffering major casualties and defect that will be a tipping point.

tipping point for Hezbollah to rain hell on fake Israel ?

Hezbollah with their dull swords for weapons are no threat.

I think that Assad has hung on through worse times than this. Good luck to Israel thinking that America is ready to go to war with Iran. America is a sick (physically and financially) dying empire – the only war that it wants is with some 5th grade country like Grenada.

we lost 19 soldiers in that mini-clash. We killed or captured over 1200 before they cried uncle. We only sent about 75 initially but boosted it up as we can always do and can do it to that persian rug country with that weak kneed republican guard who will run like rabbits when we hit shore there.

Most important question – What the Hell caused us to attack Grenada? As for Iran, know this – the day we bomb them – kiss Good-Bye to our Fifth Fleet.

They were trying to overthrow the government that we wanted in there and institute a communist one. They were threatening our medical students who were getting one of those easy to get degrees there.

“threatening our medical students” –remember the Doonesberry cartoon, a slacker student recounting how unprepared he was for the final exams – he prayed for relief – and then lo and behold – America invaded just prior to the exams – saved.

We have a Sixth Fleet and Seventh and many more fleets to send over there if necessary. All these wars we have fought in the last 30 years have been dragged out for many reasons. We could have won them all in a week conventionally if we wanted to.

bootin buddin,
I don’t believe that our military people signed up to be “cannon fodder” – You may be an exception, but I also believe that most Americans are not going to go into a bloody war for the sole interests of Israel.

The US is a paper tiger…could’nt win a war to save its life. You sir represent the ever silly and misinformed via the mainstream media. Uncle Sam is done, and the whole world knows it. If you can’t figure out why we have not attacked Iran then you really are quite blind…

Well we don’t want to rile up Russia who are only there to get minerals for themselves. Do you really think Russia cares about Iran’s survival. They know when they fall they will get a chunk of territory including that northern resort area which they covet.

Russia and Iran partially saved Syria from being. Balkanized by US NATO and other ME allies and their proxy terrorist groups, but Syria as a sovereign nation will eventually becom Iraq, another virtual nation.
Partially because of a semi autonomousKurdish region, semi autonomous to US and NATO. Not Syria, Turkish troops grabbed border regions and fortified them and in Souther Syria the US and NATO with help from Jordan supports a large diamond shaped area for moderate. , so called refugee camps but are mere recruiting and supply/training grounds for moderate foreign terrorist groups.
Assads military using Russian and Iranian troops defeated all of US controlled terrorist groups including Al Quida and affiliates, with US proxy Kurds doing fighting for them.
Israel grabbed a chunk of Goan heights and wants area 100 miles further into Syria, especially iSyria- Lebanon border, and they will eventually get it
.
With Syrian Kurd oil fields now securely protected by US military US Treasury claims area , a program with multiple foreign owned assets most Americans know nothing about, as US Foreign Owned Asset.
There is no way Syria will ever become anything other than a third world failed State.
Russias masterstroke of saving even that much of Syria was only possible because of Agreement with US owning areas and not to fight against it directlyand it is they who call the shots of Syrian military not President Asaad.
kurds have three semi autonomous ent ities as a Republic but their whole economic viability is through US NATO financial , NGO’S launder the billions into Kurd rebuilding.
When world still had internationaly agreed upon defi itions of nation upon nation warfare Israel would most assuredly of been declared guilty of undeclared war on Syria and its invited Iran allies as wluld be US and NATO nations.
Warfare techniques of warfare have changed but are no different than in days Huns took off on killing conquering sprees or Barbarian groups joined hands and sacked Rome, just more organized by worlds only military financial Barbarians in Brooks brothers suits that lead from thousands of very clean miles from battlefields who enjoy vast support of their civilians.
No need US tovtry and wash out the McBeth blood spots, as they have no fear of one unborn of women they they got IN GOD WE TRUST ON THEIR SIDE.

Iran says it wants Israel erased from the pages of history. Thousands of Iranian chant “Death to Israel!” “Death to Israel!” is printed on Iranian missiles. Iran has boasted that it helped Hezbollah & Hamas kill Israelis. Iran has offered to help anyone willing to attack Israel. That’s war mongering!
Israel wants good relations with Iran. Israel wants to buy Iranian oil & Israel wants to sell Israeli goods to Iran.


Syria blames Israel for mysterious attacks on oil tankers

Syria’s foreign minister has blamed Israel for mysterious attacks over more than a year targeting oil tankers heading from Iran to Syria, claiming they violate international law and will not go unpunished.

Faisal Mekdad told Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV in an interview aired late Sunday that oil tankers coming to Syria now move under Russian protection. He did not provide any evidence for Israel being behind the attacks.

There was no immediate comment from Israeli authorities on the matter.

Israel has clamped down on alleged Iranian entrenchment in Syria, and has taken action to prevent Iranian missiles and their components from reaching Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group, which is supported by Tehran and Damascus.

Syria’s oil resources are mostly outside of government-controlled areas, but two of its refineries are operating. This makes Syria reliant on Iran for fuel.

US Treasury sanctions have targeted a network that spans Syria, Iran and Russia responsible for shipping oil to the Syrian government, as the country has been going through a civil war for more than a decade.

For more than a year, vessels carrying oil to Syria, as well as some oil facilities in government-held parts of the war-torn country, have been subjected to mysterious attacks.

Vessels carrying oil to Syria travel from the gulf to the Red Sea to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.

“There should be deterrence to Israeli attacks on ships,” Mekdad said, without going into details. “The Israeli government and arrogant Israeli leaders must understand that these attacks cannot continue with Israel not paying a price.”

Last month, Syria’s oil ministry said a fire erupted in a tanker on its coast after what it said was a suspected drone attack.

Also in April, an attack targeted an Iranian cargo ship that is said to serve as a floating base for Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces off the coast of Yemen.

A shadow war in Mideast waters emerged in 2019, when the US Navy blamed a series of blasts in June that year in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Iran.

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IDF strikes Syria, killing 3, after rockets fired at Golan Heights

The Israel Defense Forces attacked several military targets in Syria in the predawn hours of Sunday morning in response to two rockets that were fired from the country at the Golan Heights on Saturday night.

Beginning at 4:10 a.m., Israel Defense Forces helicopters and planes attacked several targets connected to the Syrian army, including two artillery batteries, several observation and intelligence outposts, and an SA-2 type air defense unit, the IDF said in a statement.

Syrian media reported that Israel also struck several targets connected to Iran and is proxy militias in Syria, in the area of al-Kiswah, south of Damascus. These strikes reportedly targeted weapons caches and a military training facility.

The Israeli army refrained from specifying whom it believes fired the two rockets at the Golan Heights — one of which landed inside Israeli territory, the other in Syria — but said it “sees the Syrian regime as responsible for all attacks against Israel from Syrian territory.”

The observation and intelligence targets bombed by Israel were located near the border with the Golan Heights, while the artillery and anti-aircraft batteries were south and south-west of Damascus, the IDF said.

During the exchange, Israeli air defense systems fired in response to Syrian anti-aircraft fire, but no projectiles were believed to have landed inside Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday morning that Israel will continue to respond to any attacks on its territory.

“We are not prepared to tolerate firing into our territory and we react with great force against any aggression against us,” the prime minister, who also serves as defense minister, said in a statement. “This is a consistent policy that I lead and so we will continue to do for the sake of Israel’s security.”

Syria’s official SANA news agency said that three Syrian soldiers had been killed and seven injured in the attack, and claimed that Syrian air defenses intercepted missiles coming from the Golan Heights. The attack also caused material damage, the report said.

The Syrian Armed Forces targets we struck included:
. 2 artillery batteries
. Observation & intel posts
. An SA-2 aerial defense battery

We hold the Syrian regime accountable and will firmly operate against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians. pic.twitter.com/XtDTqz7Btc

&mdash Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) June 2, 2019

The incoming rockets did not trigger alert sirens. These alarms are typically only activated in cases where a projectile is heading toward a populated area, rather than an open field.

The launches came less than a week after a limited clash between Israel and Syria.

On Monday, a Syrian anti-aircraft battery fired at an Israeli fighter jet that was flying within Israeli airspace. Shortly afterward, in response, the IDF attacked the battery and destroyed it, reportedly killing a Syrian officer and soldier. A military vehicle was also said damaged in the attack.

Saturday night’s rockets appeared to be a relatively long range variety, reportedly fired from the Damascus area, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) away, similar to an attack earlier this year aimed at the Hermon.

The Hermon is located in the northern tip of Israel’s Golan Heights. In addition to a popular ski resort, the area is also home to a number of military installations.

In January, Iranian troops in Syria fired a medium-range, Iranian-made missile at Mount Hermon in what the IDF said at the time was a “premeditated” attack aimed at deterring Israel from conducting airstrikes against the Islamic republic’s troops and proxies in Syria.

The incoming projectile was shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.

Last Saturday, Syria said its air defenses shot down a number of missiles fired from Israel, a day after making a similar claim.

Toward the start of the Syrian civil war, the Israeli military established a number of “red lines” that if violated would result in a retaliatory strike, including any attacks — intentional or otherwise — against Israel.

They also included Iranian efforts to establish a permanent military presence in Syria and attempts to transfer advanced munitions to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group.

In recent years, Israel has acknowledged conducting hundreds of airstrikes in Syria in response to these “red line” violations.

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Early on 3 May 2013, several unidentified warplanes attacked a warehouse in Damascus International Airport that contained advanced surface-to-surface missiles that allegedly had been transported from Iran and were possibly bound for Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. The warehouse was believed to be controlled by Hezbollah and Iran's Quds Force. [1] An unidentified American official said the missiles were Fateh-110s and two Israeli defense analysts said they included Scud Ds. [1] [8] [9] Satellite images showed that two facilities on opposite sides of the airport were destroyed. [4]

In the early hours of 5 May there were further air strikes on Syria. SANA, the Syrian state news agency, said there were strikes in three places: northeast of Jamraya the Al-Dimas air base and at Maysalun on the border with Lebanon. [5] Syria suggested it had been attacked with rockets. [10]

Photographs handed out by SANA and video shown on Al-Manar, a Lebanese television station affiliated with Hezbollah, showed buildings destroyed by the attack on the western side of Mount Qasioun at Al-Hamah, near Jamraya, in what appeared to be a chicken farm. Analysis by Storyful identified the location, which was a mile from the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) facility at Jamraya where a 31 January 2013 airstrike destroyed a convoy in the parking lot. [11] The same location was identified by Giuliano Ranieri. [12] The location is at 33°33′49.3″N 36°15′1″E  /  33.563694°N 36.25028°E  / 33.563694 36.25028 . Storyful identified this location as the site of the largest explosion in the Jamraya and Qasioun area that night. [11] Al-Manar said the SSRC facility was not hit on this occasion [13] and Storyful also said there was no evidence of a strike at the SSRC facility. [11]

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air raids had killed at least 42 soldiers and another 100 were missing. Other opposition sources put the death toll at 300. [2] A doctor at Tishreen military hospital in north Damascus said that 100 soldiers were killed in the attack. [14]


On Christmas Day: Israel Lunches Missile Attack on Syria

The official Syrian Arab News Agency reported that the attack had come precisely 40 minutes past midnight (local time) on Friday (10:40 p.m. on Thursday GMT).

“The Israeli enemy launched an aggression by directing a barrage of missiles from the north of the Lebanese city of Tripoli towards the Masyaf area in the western Hama countryside,” it wrote, citing a military source.

The agency said the country’s anti-missile apparatus managed to intercept and destroy the projectiles midair.

State television, meanwhile, broadcast footage of the successful defensive maneuver.

Citing correspondents and locals, the AFP and Associated Press news agency also reported overflights of the Lebanese airspace by Israeli military aircraft that alarmed residents in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group, said the Israeli regime had sought to target the Syrian military and its allied anti-terror forces during the attack.

The Israeli regime and Syria are technically at war due to the former’s 1967-present occupation of the Arab country’s Golan Heights.

Starting in 2011, Tel Aviv has also been providing instrumental support to anti-Syria militant and terrorist groups.

The regime has, on numerous occasions, provided safe passage and medical treatment to the Takfiri terrorists fleeing Damascus’ operations into the Golan Heights.

In 2018, it notoriously allowed the evacuation of a shady and highly suspicious Western-backed “aid group,” known as the White Helmets, into the occupied territories. The evacuees, who were spirited out of the Syrian territory right after Damascus found them culpable of staging false-flag chemical attacks in Syria, were all provided safe havens in Western destinations afterwards.

The Israeli air force also regularly targets Syria and its allies’ reinforcements as means of, what Damascus denounces as, slowing down the Arab country’s advances in the face of terrorist outfits.


Russia Offers New Details About Syrian Mass Drone Attack, Now Implies Ukrainian Connection

The Russian military’s top officer in charge of drone development has offered new details about apparent first of their kind mass drone attacks on its forces in Syria in an official briefing at the country’s Ministry of Defense. The presentation reiterated the Kremlin’s assertion that terrorists or rebels could not have conducted the operation without significant outside support, now implying a possible Ukrainian connection, but significant questions remain unanswered.

Speaking from the Russian Ministry of Defense’s briefing room, amid examples of the drones and their munitions that the country recovered after the attacks, Major General Alexander Novikov, head of the Russian General Staff's Office for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Development, gave the most detailed and complete official description of the incident to date. He said that unspecified terrorists utilized a total of 13 improvised drones, each carrying 10 bomblets, sending 10 to Russia's Khmeimim air base in Latakia governorate and the other three to its naval base in Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea. The munitions each had an explosive charge weighing nearly one pound, as well as strings of metal ball bearings or BBs glued together as pre-formed shrapnel, which would have made them most effective against individuals out in the open.


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