A series of apparent Israeli airstrikes targeted a Syrian military base at al-Hari, along the Iraqi border. The Sunday night strike killed at least 52 fighters, including Syrian troops, and a large number of Iraqi militia members.
The military site at al-Hari is less than half a mile away from the Iraqi border, near the main border crossing at al-Bukamal. On Sunday night, Syrian state media said the attack was likely by US forces, though US Centcom quickly denied this.
Later on Monday, US officials began to tell the media that they had “reasons to believe that it was an Israeli strike.” Some Syrian media reports had also been speculating that if it wasn’t a US attack, it was probably Israeli.
Israel has attacked Syria a large number of times, so it is usually a reasonable guess that any airstrike would be from there. This is especially true because among the killed were a handful of Hezbollah members, a popular target for Israel.
This is an unusual target for Israel, however. Historically, Israel has focused its airstrikes on the areas around Golan, and on a handful of bases near Homs that they accuse of belonging to Iran. This is by far the furthest east Israel has struck during the Syria war.
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attacking the enemies of ISIS at the same time they are distributing pro isis media.
Israel sent a message. Now we wait for the reply, in the same form as the message sent. Wait for it.
Mark: Putin is too smart to fall for this trap. They will do Israel in some other way. Israel has huge black eye from the slaughter in Gaza so it se slowly headed to the garbage bin. South africa redux
An unprovoked act of aggression regardless of who carried it out.
Funny how Israel and its proxie forces are the ones doing the attacking in the Middle East yet all we ever hear about is Israel’s “right to self defense”. Syria and all of Israel’s neighbors just have to stay there and get screwed in the kazoo while Israel does what it pleases, most of the time on distorted or outright false pretenses. If it’s wrong for any nation to attack any other nation whenever it wants to, then it should also be wrong for Israel! If you are going to cry “right to self defense” you should also have to abide by TRULLY JUSTIFIED defensive actions!
So, the US military base in Israel attacks this time not only Syrian but also Iraqi army.
Neither country can take on US. Russia also must just look on or ONLY say a word or two about the latest US aggression.
Or will Russia finally supply Syria with necessary defense?
Putin is well aware that it is a trap. USA is entering a major recession and the debt will strangle the USA. It will be unable to afford the aggression for oil which it has been doing for years.
Another act of aggression by that phony Western-style democracy.
When no one even takes responsibility for the violence they do, that’s supposed to be the hallmark of the worst terrorist organizations. Or the US government, apparently.
When you’re the chosen people you can choose to bomb anyone you damn well please. You have the big guy in the sky on your side.
I’m just waiting for China to decide the Indigenous Americans are the new “Chosen” people an begin pumping them full of free military hardware.
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Official confirmation, it was Israel. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-behind-attack-in-syria-that-killed-dozens-us-official-says-1.6192422
Israel keeps bombing poking the bear and pushing to get the USA into a war. One can be sure that no Israel will be in harms way when the bullets start flying. It appears Putin is smart enough to wait till he can stab Israel in the back. If the USA economy tanks Trump will not be able to come save Israel like the USA did in 1973. Sad day
What ever happened to that vaunted Syrian (Russian) air defense that could shoot down anything that flew in Syria? Have the Russians deliberately held back to avoid conflict with the USA (Israel) or what? Hmm…
I would theorize there is more to electronic warfare than we can know. We own it, but don’t know anything about it. When was the last time the US lost a war plane to enemy fire ?
I’m thinking that Israel can electronically “spoof” a US attack on Syria, when it’s actually them that carried it out. That gives “false flag” an entirely new meaning, Dave.
The USA doesn’t attack any country that can fight back. That is why their war planes are not lost.
True, yet you’d think that in decades of war, someone would get their hands on even one effective anti-aircraft launcher. Weird…
Thomas: Putin is smart enough not to fall for the Israel trap. I am sure Putin will find a way to screw Israel. Putin is well aware how Israel operates. Syria has S200 which is good but not up to the advanced aircraft provide to israel for free. I suspect we are headed towards WWIII with bibi no involved. He just will have started it.
This was most probably done by this country, not Israel? Why? Because they are protecting ISIS and AQ from Syria and Russia from taking back the parts of Syria where they are.
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