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Israel Conferred With U.S. on Strike in Syria to Target Iranian War Gear - WSJ
With tacit American support, the Israeli military targeted an advanced Iranian air-defense system at a Syrian base last week, said intelligence officials and others briefed on the matter, the latest sign the Trump administration is working with Israel to blunt Tehran’s expanding influence in the Middle East.

After conferring with President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a strike on the newly arrived antiaircraft battery to prevent Iranian forces from using it against Israeli warplanes carrying out increasing numbers of operations in Syria, some of these people said.

In response to the February strike, Iran moved to beef up its air defenses at the base. Earlier this month, Israel tracked an Iranian plane that flew a Tor missile system from Tehran to the Syrian base.

Israel moved quickly to destroy the new air defense system before Iranian forces could set it up, intelligence officials said.

The Israeli strike came five days later, on April 9. Israel destroyed the antiaircraft system at the Syrian base and a hanger used to shelter drones, triggering denunciations from Syria, Russia and Iran. Iranian media said seven Iranian military advisers were killed, including an officer who oversaw drone operations.
Mar15  Iran  attack  AA  Israel  Netanyahu  TrumpAdministration 
13 hours ago by elizrael
How Russian Jews Helped Shape the Life of Vladimir Putin - Israel News
In 2011, at the  Euro-Asian Jewish Congress in Moscow, Putin said, “Israel is, in fact, a special state to us. It is practically a Russian-speaking country. Israel is one of the few foreign countries that can be called Russian-speaking. It’s apparent that more than half of the population speaks Russian.”
putin  israel  russia 
yesterday by foliovision
Once Upon A Time, Long Ago, Truth Was Important
all that is left of Palestine is a ghetto concentration camp known as Gaza which is routinely bombed by Israel using weapons and money supplied by Washington. When a bombing of Gaza is announced, God’s Chosen People take their lawn chairs and picnics up on a hill overlooking Gaza and applaud as the Israeli military murders women and children. This is America’s only ally.
israel  zionism 
yesterday by foliovision
IRGCs Aerospace Force contingent in Syria exposed - Ynet
Israel is preparing for a direct retaliatory attack from the Revolutionary Guards—rather than Hezbollah or other Shiite militias in Syria—because of the presence of IRGC's aerial branch in Syria, which has entrenched itself in Syria with a unity of purpose: to carry out an offensive terror attack against Israel using drones, rockets and missiles.
 

The Iranians, it appears, are no longer willing to exclusively rely on Hezbollah or other 'emissaries' but intend to do the job themselves. This strategic escalation was masterminded by Soleimani, who enjoys a direct channel to Iran's supreme religious and political leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The Revolutionary Guards also possess a third unit for aerial defense and detection of planes and other aircrafts, headed by Ali Akbar Sidon, and a portion of it has already reached Syria as well.
Heading the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the man tasked with operating it against Israel is Gen. Amir Ali Haji Zada.
The Revolutionary Guards airmen have been stationed in five Syrian airfields: the aforementioned T-4 airbase, a base in Aleppo, a base in Deir ez-Zor, the Damascus International Airport and the Sayqal airfield south of Damascus.


Each of the five locations now houses an Aerospace Force unit to receive Russian-made Ilyushin Il-76 model military transport planes carrying missiles and other armaments for Hezbollah or missiles and drones to be used directly by IRGC's people.
Mar15  Israel  Iran  IRGC  leak  intelligence_assessment 
yesterday by elizrael
The Israeli Airstrike on Syria Monday: A Message to Iran, Russia—and Trump
To suggest the IRGC has acquired in recent years a position of Syrian strategic depth vis-à-vis Israel would be an understatement. With at least 10 shared or dedicated military bases and more than 40 permanent military positions across the country, the IRGC commands well over 120,000 militiamen, at least 25,000 of whom are non-Syrians. As Iran and its many proxies have frequently made clear, this sizeable Syria-based force has only one long-term adversary in mind: Israel, and specifically its destruction as a nation state.
Iran  Mar15  IranianProxy  Israel  militia  NDF 
yesterday by elizrael
Israeli intelligence: Objectives of Western strike in Syria not achieved
"If President Trump had ordered the strike only to show that the US responded to Assad's use of chemical weapons, then that goal has been achieved," according to a senior defense establishment official. "But if there was another objective—such as paralyzing the ability to launch chemical weapons or deterring Assad from using it again—it's doubtful any of these objectives have been met."
The bottom line, the officials said, is that "only a partial damage was caused to the chemical weapons stockpiles and launch capabilities."
"If you want to shoot—shoot, don't talk," quoted a diplomatic source. "In the American case, this is mostly talk. They themselves show actions are not going to follow," he criticized.
Mar15  TrumpAdministration  Trump  israel  intelligence_assessment  CW  Assad 
yesterday by elizrael
עמידרור: העימות בלתי נמנע אם האיראנים ימשיכו בדרכם
"האיראנים כבר שלחו לתוך ישראל מל"ט עם חומר נפץ. מה המשמעות של זה? למה אנחנו מרמים את עצמנו? האיראנים מביאים לסוריה כל טוב האמל"ח שלהם – לא בשביל להגן על אסד. אסד כבר יושב חזק על כיסאו. מי שמתחיל כזו דרך צריך לדעת שהיא תוביל בסופו של דבר למלחמה קשה".
Israel  Mar15  Iran  Hizbollah  weapons  IranianProxy 
2 days ago by elizrael
Damascus: The Ancient City that was Fought Over by Numerous Civilizations is Facing its Biggest Crisis Today
13 JANUARY, 2016 - 03:48 DHWTY
Damascus: The Ancient City that was Fought Over by Numerous Civilizations is Facing its Biggest Crisis Today
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The city of Damascus, which lies in the southwestern part of Syria, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. This city is located in a desert oasis on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. Additionally, the eastern Mediterranean coast is situated just 80 km (49.7 mi) to the west of this city. This area is believed to have been settled as early as the 7th millennium BC. The city of Damascus, however, was founded sometime during the 3rd millennium BC.
Early Mentions of Damascus
Over the millennia, Damascus was fought over and occupied by different civilizations. These include: The Aramaeans, Assyrians, Achaemenids, Greeks, Nabataeans, Romans, Umayyads, Mongols, Turks, and the French. Many of these civilizations have left behind monuments that are still visible in the city today, though perhaps not for much longer.
One of the earliest known mentions of the name of this city is found in the Ebla tablets. It has been suggested that the Amorites of the 18th century BC referred to Damascus as Dimaski. Another mention of the city can be found in the Amarna Letters, in which it is called Dimashqa. The current English name of the city was probably taken from the Greek version.
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Damascus is Facing the Biggest Crisis Yet
Whilst the city’s “earliest visible physical elements evidence” are from the Roman era, it is known that Damascus was once held by the Greeks. The city was taken from the Achaemenids by Alexander the Great. After the conqueror’s death in 323 BC, Damascus became a point of conflict between the Seleucids and Ptolemies, both of whom were the successors of Alexander.
Although the city switched hands between the two powers frequently, it was still part of the Hellenistic cultural sphere. In 85 BC, it was the Nabataeans’ turn to occupy Damascus, and the city’s Greek influence declined rapidly. Other nations that may have occupied Damascus prior to the Achaemenids include the Neo-Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar, the Assyrians, and the Kingdom of Israel under King David....
Syria  Israel  Damascus 
2 days ago by juandante

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