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Syria drafting reserves in preparation for Israeli attack
The Jerusalem Post ^

Posted on 04/02/2008 12:15:25 AM PDT by maquiladora

Damascus is preparing for a large-scale Israeli attack on Syria and Hizbullah, London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the Syrian army has been maneuvering its forces and drafting some of its reserve forces in preparation for such a contingency.

Damascus has also raised the alert level along its borders, and has placed three armored divisions, nine infantry brigades and special forces near its border with Lebanon's Bekaa valley, fearing an Israeli infiltration there. The report claimed that this would be a strategic spot for Israeli ground forces to strike, as it is both a Hizbullah stronghold and positions troops in close range of the Syrian capital.

Syria viewed recent comments by IDF officials as preparation of the groundwork to justify an Israeli assault, the paper stated. It was not stated which remarks were being referred to.

Meanwhile, sources in Syria said the nation's interior ministry would this weekend announce the results of its investigation into the death of Hizbullah terror-chief Imad Mughniyeh. The report was likely to lay the blame for the assassination on Mossad as well as certain Arab sources.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bekaa; bekaavalley; damascus; hezbollah; hizbullah; idf; imadmughniyeh; israel; lebanon; mossad; mughniyeh; syria
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1 posted on 04/02/2008 12:15:26 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: jhpigott; jeffers; Dog; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Ping...


2 posted on 04/02/2008 12:16:09 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora

If this turns out like other Arab wars against Israel, Syria is toast.


3 posted on 04/02/2008 12:17:59 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: maquiladora

interesting...


4 posted on 04/02/2008 12:18:35 AM PDT by conservativepoet (The chief aim of order within Christianity is to make room for good things to romp and play.)
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To: All

This is the main headline today on Israel’s leading newspapers, Yedioth Ahronoth & Jerusalem Post.


5 posted on 04/02/2008 12:18:54 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora

Um, if you draft more reserves, you are going to have more dead guys. Just send them back home.


6 posted on 04/02/2008 12:18:55 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: maquiladora

Whoaa there.

Last excerpted paragraph: “certain Arab sources” AND Israel were responsible for Mugniyah’s demise?

This will be good reading.


7 posted on 04/02/2008 12:28:32 AM PDT by bajabaja
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To: bajabaja

Yep. Saudia Arabia & maybe Jordan.


8 posted on 04/02/2008 12:32:53 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora
Spring may start with a bang.
War on Iraq(OIF) started just about the same time of the year.
9 posted on 04/02/2008 12:50:48 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Cabinet approves wide-scale home front drill

Published: 04.02.08, 11:08 / Israel News

The national security cabinet on Wednesday approved a wide-scale home front drill simulating missile landings in Israel.

During the drill, which will be held next week, the government and local authorities’ situation rooms will be activated, and emergency forces will hold exercises. The government and cabinet will meet to discuss the “state of emergency.” (Roni Sofer)

Hmmmmmmmmmm.............


10 posted on 04/02/2008 1:09:26 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora
Syria will be much better off after it's renamed and called "Israel".
11 posted on 04/02/2008 1:43:06 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Cap Huff; GSR-TX

ping


12 posted on 04/02/2008 1:57:05 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott
Syria Sounding War Alert, Calling Reserves For What It Thinks Will Be A Pre-Emptive Israeli Strike Against Hizbullah
13 posted on 04/02/2008 2:40:17 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora
Best quote: "If Israel managed to get to Mughniyeh - leaders of Islamic Jihad, Hamas and others will be an easy target."

Ya think?
14 posted on 04/02/2008 2:52:36 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: maquiladora

Syria drafting reserves in preparation for Israeli attack...

clueless condi still pushing jorge bush’s peace plan!!!!!


15 posted on 04/02/2008 3:32:28 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: maquiladora

Syria drafting reserves in preparation for Israeli attack...

clueless condi still pushing jorge bush’s peace plan!!!!!


16 posted on 04/02/2008 3:32:29 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: maquiladora

Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.


17 posted on 04/02/2008 4:22:36 AM PDT by southlake_hoosier (.... One Nation, Under God.......)
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To: maquiladora
That is nice of them to gather in groups... makes killing them easier.

LLS

18 posted on 04/02/2008 4:34:56 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Could I ever vote for mcstain? osamabama hussein may convince me yet!)
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To: maquiladora
Headlines from nine days into the next war:

Six Syrian divisions pocketed west of Damascus!

19 posted on 04/02/2008 4:37:11 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: nyyankeefan

So let’s get her to run as v.p. with McLame.
What is it where you raise to your level of incompetance?


20 posted on 04/02/2008 4:44:03 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: maquiladora

IF Israel would defeat Syria and the USA takes out Iran, exactly which Mideast state would remain a terror problem for us? Answer, none. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are problematic but their governments are mostly friendly and controllable. This should have been the plan all along.


21 posted on 04/02/2008 4:44:51 AM PDT by Williams
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To: maquiladora

Reminds me of one of the stories from the early 80’s during the fighting in Bekaa.

Supposedly the Syrians went to their mentors in the USSR and asked for some more anti-aircraft missiles.

The Soviets said “we already sent you 1,000 surface-to-air missiles”.

The Syrians responded, “we already used the surface-to-air missiles. Now we need some surface-to-plane missiles”.


22 posted on 04/02/2008 4:52:13 AM PDT by Numbers Guy
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To: Williams
This should have been the plan all along.

Don't think for a minute that it isn't!

23 posted on 04/02/2008 4:57:45 AM PDT by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

High Volume. Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking on the Topic or Keyword Israel. or WOT [War on Terror]

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24 posted on 04/02/2008 5:04:13 AM PDT by SJackson ( G-d da*n America, J Wright; Don't tell me words don't matter!, BH Obama)
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To: Williams

I think the loan of a few Stealth bombers to Israel would make it like going to Wisconsin to buy beer for them. The thing is that then we would be involved and blamed for the entire thing. If it does happen though....I would be all for the Patton theory of.....Syria, Iran, Somalia, anything west of and including the mountains in Pakistan, Then with a strong breath of sigh, whisper out.......who’s next!


25 posted on 04/02/2008 5:04:43 AM PDT by Wavrnr10 (Eagles soar but weasels don't get sucked in jet engines)
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To: maquiladora

Ah, just in time for the summer war; can you say $4.50 a gallon gas?


26 posted on 04/02/2008 5:05:45 AM PDT by glide625
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To: maquiladora
Is Condi Rice's face on their recruiting posters saying “If I were a man I'd join the jihad”?
27 posted on 04/02/2008 5:07:26 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Proud Partisan Constitution Supporting Conservative to which I make no apologies for nor back down)
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To: glide625

But I thought Iraq was going to pay for itself with lower gas prices.... you mean if you shut off the spickets, the rules of supply and demand still apply?! </s>


28 posted on 04/02/2008 5:33:48 AM PDT by Rob112586 ("...a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life.")
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To: maquiladora

Every decade or so, Syria has this irresistible urge to get their asses kicked by the Israelis.

Guess the cycle is speeding up.


29 posted on 04/02/2008 5:51:53 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: Numbers Guy
"Now we need some surface-to-plane missiles”."

LOL. They must still be using surface to air missiles.

Israel Says Syria Nuclear Base Was Raid Target

30 posted on 04/02/2008 6:15:56 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: maquiladora

Israel attacks Lebanon after being provoked by Hezbollah. This in turn provokes a Syrian response. When Israel responds with attacks on Syria, Iran fires ballistic missles at Tel Aviv allowing the USAF to attack targets in Iran. Possible? Just conjecturing :-)


31 posted on 04/02/2008 6:18:14 AM PDT by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: Joe Boucher

“What is it where you raise to your level of incompetance?”
Peter Principle, but in this administration it may be the “Pedro Principle”


32 posted on 04/02/2008 6:20:41 AM PDT by sargunner (RIP Tonk)
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To: ChinaThreat
Possible?

Probable.

33 posted on 04/02/2008 6:27:20 AM PDT by maquiladora
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/posts-by:maquiladora/

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/syria/

Iranian and Syrian trainers killed by Israeli strike on Gaza missiles
http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2008/me_iran_03_10.asp
Posted on 03/11/2008 11:24:17 AM PDT by jhpigott
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1983957/posts

North Korean Nuclear Engineers in Syria
PowerLine | March 7, 2008 | John
Posted on 03/08/2008 12:00:03 PM PST by RolandTignor
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1982568/posts

Egyptian official: Syria may be behind Jerusalem attack
Jerusalem Post
Posted on 03/08/2008 3:22:09 AM PST by maquiladora
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1982385/posts

Egypt to snub Syria’s Arab summit
BBC | Wednesday, 26 March 2008, 14:38 GMT | BBC Staff
Posted on 03/26/2008 10:18:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1992283/posts

and, from a year ago:

U.S. ready to strike Iran in early April - intelligence source
RIA (Russian State Run News Agency) | March 30
Posted on 03/30/2007 1:53:41 PM PDT by maquiladora
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1809477/posts


34 posted on 04/02/2008 6:56:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_____________________Profile updated Saturday, March 29, 2008)
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Israel: Iran has set up listening stations in Syria to intercept Israeli communications
AP
Posted on 04/02/2008 4:21:40 AM PDT by maquiladora
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1995375/posts

Report: Iranian, Syrian missiles to pound Israel in next war
Ynet
Posted on 03/24/2008 6:06:18 AM PDT by maquiladora
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1990590/posts

Israel readies largest exercise ever to prepare for Iran-Syria missile war
World Tribune | April 1, 2008 | Staff
Posted on 04/01/2008 12:10:27 PM PDT by forkinsocket
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1995025/posts

Syrian army is reinforcing its military presence along the Lebanese-Syrian border
http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2008/03/syria_is_ready.php
Posted on 03/18/2008 2:20:50 PM EDT by jhpigott
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1987644/posts

Syria Deploys Three Military Divisions on the Border with Lebanon
Naharent
Posted on 03/23/2008 8:48:40 AM EDT by maquiladora
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1990205/posts

Report: Syrian Army Deployed Along Lebanon Border
MEMRI (Al-Mustaqbal)
Posted on 03/26/2008 10:17:07 AM PDT by maquiladora
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1991938/posts


35 posted on 04/02/2008 7:00:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_____________________Profile updated Saturday, March 29, 2008)
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To: Wavrnr10

What difference does that make ? We’ve been blamed for everything anyway.


36 posted on 04/02/2008 7:01:08 AM PDT by farlander (Try not to wear milk bone underwear - it's a dog eat dog financial world)
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To: nyyankeefan

May I beg to differ. Condi is not clueless, she is working for the other side.


37 posted on 04/02/2008 7:08:52 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: Williams

I like your thinking, however I would be shocked if it came true.


38 posted on 04/02/2008 7:14:50 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: nyyankeefan

“clueless condi still pushing jorge bush’s peace plan!!!!!”

Ahh.. Think about it for a minute.

Iran & Syria launch missile attacks, Israel repels them and launches their own. I believe Israel will come out ahead. Now without Syria and Iran, what do the hezzies have to fall back on? They will be forced to negotiate peace with Israel because Israel can then take their time and roll up the terrorists.

Right now it is containment. IMHO Israel still feels safe. But once they are backed into a corner, I would rather have a rabid pitbull mauling me then what Israel is capable of doing.


39 posted on 04/02/2008 7:18:49 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Shouldn't the libs love a Hunter Thompson ticket in 08?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Nice retrieval.


40 posted on 04/02/2008 7:20:13 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: maquiladora

We can only hope. And if they do go after Syria and the Hezzies, please let them finish the job without pulling their punched.


41 posted on 04/02/2008 7:59:45 AM PDT by PsyOp (Truth in itself is rarely sufficient to make men act. - Clauswitz, On War, 1832.)
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To: maquiladora

Sounds like Syria is screaming VICTIM before anything happens.


42 posted on 04/02/2008 8:17:30 AM PDT by avacado (Thomas Sowell: "Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.")
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To: maquiladora; ex-Texan
The showdown is getting close.

Olmert, this time let the generals run the IDF/IAF in dealing the final blow to the Islamic enemy!

Watch pictures of tanks firing explosives in the Golan.

43 posted on 04/02/2008 8:47:07 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: gathersnomoss

To think I used to like Klingon face Kondi at one time.....makes me sick to my stomach.


44 posted on 04/02/2008 11:05:21 AM PDT by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Torah is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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To: blasater1960

You will get over it just as I did. Learn from history.


45 posted on 04/02/2008 12:43:42 PM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: maquiladora

Geez...will SOMEONE just bomb Natanz and Bushehr before it’s too late? Israel? US? The Gulf?? I don’t even care who does it, those reactors just need to be taken out. And if Iran falls, Syria’s on its own and Hezbollah loses their main arms dealer.


46 posted on 04/02/2008 2:23:54 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I see dead people....they're everywhere....THEY'RE VOTING!)
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To: southlake_hoosier
Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Wow I'm surprised it took 17 posts for this to come up. It was the FIRST thing I thought of when I saw it in my sidebar. The Biblical countdown that began when the State of Israel was created on May 16 1948 in literally a single day is still underway and obviously progressing on a measured time line.

RAPTURE READY?

47 posted on 04/02/2008 5:38:43 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: G8 Diplomat

Gulf Arabs have no war capabilities. The only thing they can do is afford fancy weapons that are useless if you can’t actually fight. They are notoriously bad fighters. If I had to assemble an army made up of Arabs, I’d take Egyptians & Maghrebians first. Khalijis would be the last people I’d want.

Israel won’t be distributing gas masks to its citizens until 2009, which means they’re not planning on attacking anyone. Even if they did bomb the reactors, what is needed in Iran is regime change. Israel has no capability for that. Iran would get crazy after the bombing & start acting wildly. Probably attacking Gulf States. The West would end up being forced to invade.

There is currently no political will to bomb Iran in the West, including America.


48 posted on 04/02/2008 5:39:56 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

On thinking about it, in the long run, regime change may be better for Iran than a bombing. If someone bombed them they’d play victim and say they’re justified to strike back, and as you said attack the Gulf states....all those towers and resorts in Dubai make good targets to Iranian eyes. And then things go downhill from there.

But if the mullahs are overthrown Iran is in completely different hands. The problem is hoping that happens before Iran gets the bomb.

What about the Saudis? Are they any good at fighting?


49 posted on 04/02/2008 7:02:54 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (I see dead people....they're everywhere....THEY'RE VOTING!)
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To: G8 Diplomat

Saudis are only good for suicide bombing. The Saudi army is a joke. Best army in the Middle East is Turkey’s. It would be Israel, except Israel forgot how to fight a long time ago. I’ve even seen regular Turks in the street knock out 5 guys at once. They can fight like nobody’s business.

Iran needs regime change, yes, but who is going to do it? There will be a massive Shi’a mujahideen problem. Not from the Persians, but from the Arab Shi’a who will be pouring in to try to save the only Shi’a country they’ve ever had. It’s a matter of life & death to them (Shi’a are very abused under Sunnah regimes), so they will fight to the death. I don’t think anyone currently has the stomach to put them down.

Maybe Shi’a insurrections in small states like Bahrayn or Lebanon should be supported, in order to distract them from what happens to Iran & make them not feel like they’re doomed.

The good news is that the Persians are more civilized than Arabs & once they get on their feet, they won’t need as much hand-holding & government-building as Iraq does. They will also not bother anyone anymore except Arabs. They won’t fight the mujahideen, but they won’t fight the invasion either. The trick is to topple & execute the thin crust of fanatics ruling Iran immediately to minimize the trouble they can cause & leave the mujahideen looking like an Arab invasion.


50 posted on 04/02/2008 7:41:10 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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