Skip to comments.Israeli airstrikes in Syria targeted multiple sites
Posted on 02/01/2013 4:39:47 PM PST by Uncle Miltie
'Time' quotes Western officials as saying IAF jets hit several targets in Syria and US has given Israel green light to carry out more raids; Panetta: US supports all steps to prevent weapons from falling into terrorist hands.
IAF raids overnight Tuesday struck multiple targets in Syria, Time magazine reported on Friday, citing Western intelligence officials.
Syria on Wednesday publicly accused Israel of striking a scientific research center northwest of Damascus, denying reports that the strike had targeted a suspected shipment of anti-aircraft missiles en route to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The description of the military research center that Syria claimed the IAF jets targeted fits the definition of Syrias Scientific Studies and Research Center, which has been labeled a state organization responsible for developing biological and chemical weapons and transferring them to Hezbollah and Hamas.
Time quoted a Western intelligence official as saying that the IAF had targeted at least one or two more targets overnight Tuesday and that the US has given Israel a green light to carry out additional strikes.
According to the Time report, Israel is not only concerned about unconventional weapons falling into the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon, but that Jerusalem and Washington are also concerned with weapons falling into the hands of terrorist elements among the Syrian opposition forces, many of them linked to al-Qaida.
Time quoted one Western intelligence official as saying the US was prepared to carry out similar airstrikes in the Aleppo area if opposition forces threaten to take hold of sites believed to contain weapons of mass destruction in the region.
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told AFP on Friday that Washington was growing increasingly concerned that, as the situation in Syria deteriorates, the likelihood that weapons could fall into the hands of Hezbollah terrorists was growing.
"The chaos in Syria has obviously created an environment where the possibility of these weapons, you know, going across the border and falling into the hands of Hezbollah has become a greater concern," Panetta stated.
Panetta did not confirm the details of the alleged Israeli strike in Syria, but he stated that "the United States supports whatever steps are taken to make sure these weapons don't fall into the hands of terrorists."
He added: "Without discussing the communications that we have on a regular basis with Israel or the specifics of that operation, because that's something they know more about, we have expressed the concern that we have to do everything we can to make sure that sophisticated weapons like SA-17 [anti-aircraft] missiles or, for that matter chemical biological weapons, do not fall into the hands of terrorists," he said.
Training runs; Practicing for the big hit on Iran.
It doesn’t sound like they are too concerned about
Iranian threats hmmmm?
why do I feel like I’m watching a burning fuse?
“why do I feel like Im watching a burning fuse?”
That made my neck hairs stand-up.
why do I feel like Im watching a burning fuse? You have an excellent way to put it. The answer to your question: Because you (we) are!
WOW, you really hit a raw nerve, right in my neck, with that comment.
I was still thinking of the Israel-US lack of trust and Hagel coming into the arena.
I bet 0dumb0 is crying crocodile tears for his fellow muzzzie terrorist brothers! Now if he could only figure out the best way to annihilate Israel.....
50 Mile Range, perfect for taking out Commercial Airliners coming in to Tel Aviv International Airport.
This could get worse real fast. Lets think of all the good coming out of this. A return to the draft! Lots of jobs, Re-building the cities that will be blown up here in America. War bond rallies! Movie Stars as patriots once again. People pledging allegence to the flag. Things made in the USA (because Chinese ships will be at the bottom of the sea) — fewer Mexicans as they were be drafted to serve in the American-Mexican Legion—and be sent to the War Zone! Invasion of Mexico to stop terrorists and bring democracy to that land. Think of all the good that can come from WW III—and we need not worry about overpopulation too as the war may take 66 million lives in America alone!
Damascus is history...in...10....9....8....
Panetta: US supports all steps to prevent weapons from falling into terrorist hands.No wonder he's leaving the job -- the policy leaves with him. Say what you want about Panetta (and I really, really don't like him), if he hadn't been doing what he was doing, Zero would never have given the go-ahead for the raid; Panetta would have shot Osama's eyes right out himself if he'd been calling the shots.
He must literally drool at the prospect. Depression? What Depression? Think of it, man. The chance to form gay divisions. Lesbian generals and admirals by the score, not to mention the sudden elevation of thousands of Affirmative Action Ani to Colonel, or better. Glorious!
Now if the Mombasa MF would only personally lead a queer division into battle in Iran, that, that would be just peachy!