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Israeli warplanes launch airstrike near Damascus, Syria

Aircraft from the Israel Defense Forces have launched a number of missiles at a strategic target close to the Syrian capital, Damascus, Israeli and Arab media report.

Several missiles were reportedly fired toward a target in the countryside south of Damascus, with some intercepted by the Syrian Air Defense and others hitting their intended target.

Arab outlet Al-Masdar News, citing its sources, reported that the target was an ammunition depot of the Syrian Army, located between the towns of Kiswah (Kesweh) and Sahnaya. “Loud explosions” were heard as the missiles hit their target, the news service said.

Other sources, however, claim the target was an Iranian military base in the Kiswah area, some 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the city of Damascus.

According to a report by I24News at least one missile reached the base, while others were stopped by Syria’s anti-missile defenses.

The warplanes reportedly launched the missiles from Lebanese airspace.

Videos have emerged on social media purporting to show the moment one of the Israeli missiles was intercepted by Syrian Air Defense. rt.com

Israeli regime strikes targets in Syria for 2nd day

The Israeli military on Sunday said it attacked a series of targets belonging to the Syrian military, after several projectiles from neighboring Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a second day.

The military said it targeted two Syrian artillery positions and an ammunitions truck. There were no immediate reports of casualties. But as an added precaution, the military instructed Israeli civilians from gathering in open areas in the border area.

It was the second straight day that Israel responded to what it has described as errant fire from Syria. Israel has tried to stay out of the six-year civil war in Syria and refrained from taking sides, but has responded to spillover fire on numerous occasions.

Israel also is believed to have carried out airstrikes on suspected weapons shipments to its archenemy Hezbollah, whose fighters are in Syria backing government forces.

“Our policy is clear: We will not tolerate any spillover or trickle whatsoever — neither mortars nor rockets, from any front,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday. “We will respond strongly to any attack on our territory or our citizens.”

He also said Israel views “with utmost gravity” Iranian attempts to gain a foothold in Syria or to provide advanced weapons to Hezbollah, its Lebanese proxy.

In Saturday’s fighting, Israeli aircraft struck various positions, destroying two tanks, in response to more than 10 projectiles that landed in its territory, the military said.

Syrian state media said a number of people were killed and, citing the Syrian military command, said five soldiers were wounded.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. It subsequently annexed the strategic plateau overlooking northern Israel, but that annexation is not international recognized. abcnews.go.com

IDF targets Syrian army position over ‘errant projectile’ in fifth such exchange over week

Mission creep: ‘US UK getting sucked into Syrian hot war’

The presence of British, as well as American forces in Syria, is indisputably illegal under international law; this is an act of aggression no matter what the reason given by the US-led coalition, political commentators told RT.

The US-led coalition carried out a bombing raid against forces fighting for the Syrian government in the south of the country.

The coalition air strike targeting pro-government forces in Syria was unacceptable and violated the country’s sovereignty, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The incident happened on Thursday close to Syria’s border with Iraq and Jordan near a remote base where the Pentagon trains its rebel forces.

RT: The US government said this latest strike did not mean a change in its Syria policy. Do you think that’s the case?

Peter Ford, former UK ambassador to Syria: No, it’s not. What we see here is a clear case of mission creep. The Americans may start out with the purest of intentions, but their actions show that they are being sucked into a hot war in Syria as – very significantly – are British forces. This comes, remember, in the middle of a British election campaign and the forces which the coalition aircraft allegedly were protecting include British, as well as American forces. Now, the UK parliament never mandated the government to send British ground troops into Syria. And here is clear evidence that they are there, they are in this hot war up to their necks… Also, their presence is indisputably illegal under international law, as of course is the presence of any US forces.

The US is trying to block the attempt of Russia in establishing the de-escalation zones in Syria. These strikes that come in the south-eastern part of Syria prove that the US is intending to escalate the tension in southern Syria as a part of its attempt first to drive a wedge between Damascus and Baghdad and prevent them from having any geographical link on the one hand. On the other hand, this also proves the US intends at imposing its own influence in southern Syria to destabilize the Syrian regime by hitting in the south while it was able to stabilize the situation in the north much to its favor by supporting the Kurds on one hand and the Turks on the other hand. – Dr. Jamal Wakeem, professor of history and international relations at Lebanese University in Beirut.

RT: The militia group hit by the air strike is involved in the fight against Islamic State. Is the US coalition playing a dangerous game by targeting such forces? rt.com

President al-Assad receives message from Iraqi PM on cooperation in combating terrorism

Int’l coalition’s attack on Syrian military site exposes its fake claims of fighting terrorism

10 Apr 2017
Russia and Iran say US has crossed ‘red line’ over airstrikes on Syria

U.S. attacked Syria’s main base in fight against terrorists

The United States attacked the Syrian army’s main command center in the fight against terrorists of the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia), Political and Media Adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Bouthaina Shaaban told the Al-Mayadeen TV channel.

According to her, “those who took such step should be put on par with terrorists.” “This is a cowardly strike and Syria will respond to it by taking steps agreed with its allies,” Shaaban said.

Assad’s adviser pointed out that the US attack came after Syrian government forces had achieved an important success on the eastern outskirts of Damascus and in the Hama Governorate, fighting off militants’ attacks. Shaaban slammed some Arab countries and members of the Syrian opposition based abroad, who welcomed the US attack. “Any Syrian, any Arab who welcomes this aggression is a traitor,” she stressed.

On Thursday night, at the direction of US President Donald Trump, the US forces fired 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) on a Syrian military air base located in the Homs Governorate. The attack came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4. The US authorities believe that the airstrike on Idlib was launched from that air base.

Various reports say that the attack killed nine civilians, including children, besides, four Syrian servicemen were also killed, another four were wounded and two went missing.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, a number of facilities and six aircraft were destroyed, however, the runway and aircraft outside hangars remained intact. The Russian ministry said the US attack’s efficiency was low. tass.com

Syrian Kurds welcome Trump airstrikes

Turkey ‘welcomes’ US attack on Syria but believes it’s ‘not enough’ – Erdogan

Israeli officials laud US airstrike on Syria, discuss short-term regional impact

France’s Le Pen Warns Against Repeating Iraq Scenario in Syria

Obama administration considering more strikes on SAA

Note. The US-led coalition claimed that previous strikes on Syrian Army fighting ISIS were an accident.

U.S. military strikes against the Assad regime will be back on the table Wednesday at the White House, when top national security officials in the Obama administration are set to discuss options for the way forward in Syria. But there’s little prospect President Obama will ultimately approve them.

Inside the national security agencies, meetings have been going on for weeks to consider new options to recommend to the president to address the ongoing crisis in Aleppo, where Syrian and Russian aircraft continue to perpetrate the deadliest bombing campaign the city has seen since the five-year-old civil war began. A meeting of the Principals Committee, which includes Cabinet-level officials, is scheduled for Wednesday. A meeting of the National Security Council, which could include the president, could come as early as this weekend. washingtonpost.com

‘Unbelievable that U.S. strike on Syrian army was a mistake’

Presidential Political and Media Advisor Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban said that the aggression of the US warplanes on the Syrian Arab Army positions in Deir Ezzor was preplanned.

In an interview given to RT, Shaaban described the allegations of the US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power that the attack was “an error” is untrue, noting that the US aircrafts did not bomb ISIS terrorists after they had control over the position and this does not refer to an error by the US aircrafts.

She added that the US-led coalition has not been targeting the ISIS positions before the arrival of the Russian aircrafts.

In the same context, Shaaban told AFP via telephone that all the scenes and facts on the ground do not refer to an error or a coincidence, but they show that everything was preplanned.

“Since the beginning of the US intervention, we said that it was not against ISIS and the Proof is that ISIS has expanded all that period,” Shaaban said.

General Command of the Army and armed forces announced that the US-led coalition attacked on Saturday a position for the Syrian Arab Army in Thardah Mountain in Deir Ezzor, causing casualties and losses in the ranks of the army.

Israel says aircraft strikes in Syria after errant Syrian fire

Israeli aircraft attacked a target in Syria on Monday after errant fire from fighting among factions in Syria struck inside Israel, Israel’s military said.

The Syrian fire had hit an open area near the border causing no injuries, and in retaliation the air force “successfully targeted the source of the fire in Syria”, said an army spokeswoman.

The Syrian army said two missiles from Israeli reconnaissance planes hit a residential building in Baath City in the Syrian Golan Heights, near the border with Israel.

The army statement, carried on state news agency SANA, said the strikes on the city caused “material damage” and said they were aimed at “raising the morale of terrorist groups it (Israel) supported” after losses inflicted by the Syrian army.

The town is held by pro-Syrian government forces, including the army and Hezbollah fighters. The al Qaeda offshoot the Nusra Front, Western-backed rebels, and groups which have pledged allegiance to Islamic State also operate in the region.

Though formally neutral in the civil war, Israel has targeted Hezbollah officials and arms convoys inside Syria several times during the conflict.

Syrian rebels and a monitoring group said two explosions that struck the same town on Wednesday were caused by an Israeli air strike but Lebanon’s Hezbollah blamed rocket fire by al Qaeda-linked militants. Israel declined to comment at that time.

Israel captured the western Golan in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it, a move not recognized internationally. reuters.com

Syrian minister criticises UK air strikes on IS targets

Syria’s information minister has criticised the first British air strikes on so-called Islamic State (IS) targets in the country, describing them as “a noise of bombing and propaganda”.

Omran Zoubi told the BBC that anyone wanting to fight terrorism was welcome, but that they should follow Russia’s example and work with the Syrian government. bbc.co.uk

General Austin: Only ‘4 or 5’ US-Trained Syrian Rebels Fighting ISIS

Cameron’s shifting position on the ‘70,000 moderate Syrian ground troops’

17 July 2015 Syria air strikes conducted by UK military pilots

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Britain carries out first Syria airstrikes after MPs approve action against Isis

Libya: RAF ‘comfortable’ with outcome of airstrikes

‘Libya is becoming a terror hub at EU’s doorstep’

*17 Sep* General: “only 4 or 5” U.S. backed moderate rebels

Army General Lloyd Austin, in charge of the anti-ISIS war effort from the U.S. Central Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that only “four or five” members of the U.S.-trained moderate rebel force are still fighting the Islamic State in Syria. breitbart.com

The strongest & most willing force to fight ISIL on the ground is Assad-The Syrian army (SAA).

U.S.-trained Syria rebels openly refuse to fight ​al-Qaeda group al-Nusra,
& many have joined ISIL taking their U.S. supplied weapons with them.

01 Oct 2015‘Russia kills US-backed Syrian rebels in second day of air strikes as Iran prepares for ground offensive’ US-backed rebels in Syria say they were hit by Russian airstrikes on Thursday, on the second day of Russia’s air campaign over the country. telegraph.co.uk


US-backed Syrian rebels say they have been hit by Russian airstrikes theguardian.com

The U.S. led coalition’s pretext for airstrikes in Syria is the fight against ISIL, not Assad. The only “anti-Assad” forces left in Syria are either ISIL, or al-Nusra, & a few factions also aligned with al-Qaeda. It appears as though the U.S. are trying to deter Russia from attacking core al-Qaeda (al-Nusra), & wanting them to focus on rogue al-Qaeda (ISIL). In general it appears to be a media campaign with US-NATO countries trying undermine Russian efforts to fight terrorism. It is seen by some as a threat to U.S exceptionalism. The Syria “crisis” (engineered destabilization) was originally designed as the indirect attack on Iran, & a step towards war with Iran. The U.S. & co are not happy about the liquidation of their death squads, some hoping they would be used against Iran at a later date. The U.S. is in a state dissonance where they want to distance themselves from being seen as, a supporter of terrorism in hopes of provoking regime change, while at the same time protecting their terrorist assets on the ground.

McCain: Russian airstrikes target CIA-backed rebels cnn.com

Note. Anti-Assad forces = attempting to remove the strongest force against ISIL on the ground.

Russia again strikes Assad’s foes, amid US concerns afp.com

Syria crisis: Russian air strikes against Assad enemies bbc.com

Syria conflict: Jabhat al-Nusra jihadists show off weapons allegedly seized from-US trained rebels

Russia ‘is pouring gasoline on the fire’ of Syria’s civil war, says America
after Putin defies the West and drops bombs on non-ISIS forces fighting Assad

Russian military forces start airstrikes against ISIS in Syria

The Russian Air Force has begun carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the country’s Defense Ministry said.

“In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin, warplanes of the Russian Air Space Forces today [Wednesday] have started an aerial operation, involving pinpoint strikes on ground targets of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] terrorists in Syria,” spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said.

The Russia airstrikes are targeting military equipment, communication centers, vehicles, arms and fuel depots, belonging to IS terrorists, Konashenkov added. rt.com

“aerial footage of airstrikes in Syria – video”

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