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Israel prepares for Assad's downfall, turns its attention to Lebanon
al Bawaba ^ | March 25th, 2013 | SyndiGate.info

Posted on 03/26/2013 7:31:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

In light of the deteriorating security situation in Syria, Israel is now turning its focus to Lebanon, preparing to deal with its northern rather than northeastern neighbor, reported Israeli daily Haaretz Monday. "Hezbollah and Iran understand that [President Bashar] Assad's fate is sealed, and they're preparing for the day after,” Israeli military intelligence chief Major General Aviv Kochavi said earlier this month at the 2013 annual Herzliya Conference in Israel on regional and global security, according to the daily.

"They are trying and in some cases succeeding to obtain air defense capabilities, shore-to-sea missiles, surface-to-surface missiles and other capabilities,” he said, referring to Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. As the Syrian army has lost tens of thousands of men from casualties and defections, Iran and Hezbollah are gaining access to their weapons, Haaretz reported.

To deal with the changing reality of its neighbors, the daily said Israel was also changing assignments of some of its northern divisions to focus on Lebanon. Last week two reserve brigades practiced operations for Lebanon after having for years focused specifically on Syria, it said.

Until now the reservists dealing with Syria have been training for tank battles. Now, they will have to contend with anti-tank missiles, of which Hezbollah has thousands, according to Israeli military estimates. This shift comes as the recent unrest has erupted on the Syrian border after years of calm as a result of the escalation in fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels.

(Excerpt) Read more at albawaba.com ...


TOPICS: Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: assad; israel; israellebanon; lebanon; syria; syriawar; waronterror
Not all is calm at the Israel-Lebanon border.

1 posted on 03/26/2013 7:31:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

He no dead, Jim?


2 posted on 03/26/2013 7:31:51 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Syrian Opposition in Turmoil as Khatib Quits, Hitto Rejected
http://www.voanews.com/content/syrian-opposition-in-turmoil-khalib-quits-hitto-rejected/1627690.html

Congress can stop Assad’s enablers
By Sadia Hameed, director
Crimes Against Humanity Program, Human Rights First
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/290359-congress-can-stop-assads-enablers


3 posted on 03/26/2013 7:33:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Revolting cat!

The spigot seems to have shut off on that story, what a surprise. It’s currently in most interests to not have Assad’s demise be believed. But he’s nowhere to be seen. Even if he hasn’t been killed (and there’s no reason to believe he hasn’t been), there’s no reason for his having dropped out of sight, completely, unless there has been at the very least an attempt on his life.


4 posted on 03/26/2013 7:35:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Russian, Arabic and Israeli news sources have confirmed the death of Assad.


5 posted on 03/26/2013 7:36:50 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus

Looks fake.


6 posted on 03/26/2013 7:39:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv
My guess: He's

1. Dead
2. Hospitalized and seriously injured
3. In hiding and not so seriously injured, but afraid to surface because he knows he can't trust his own security people.

7 posted on 03/26/2013 7:41:36 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Former Fetus

... The body proportion looks off. I could be wrong though.


8 posted on 03/26/2013 7:42:37 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

And mainly his face looks untouched, not a drop of blood on it. Even his hair is perfect.


9 posted on 03/26/2013 7:44:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I say fake. His body shape is obscenely lean, and this photo doesn’t fit that.


10 posted on 03/26/2013 7:47:42 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Former Fetus

I would think a dead man’s muscles would not allow him to hold his mouth shut.

But then again, lame ducks do a lot of talking these days.


11 posted on 03/26/2013 7:58:11 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Former Fetus

A lot of camera phones being brandished in this pic; and I agree that it looks fake.

Russian sources:

Assad death report dismissed as “ridiculous‚” rumor
http://rt.com/news/syria-assad-death-rumor-762/

Syrian Embassy in Moscow refutes Assad death reports
http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c154/685984.html


12 posted on 03/26/2013 7:58:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: dfwgator

At least he has his pants on.....unlike Ambassador Stevens. I think it’s real and he is a dead duck.


13 posted on 03/26/2013 8:00:06 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: LibWhacker

Maybe it’s their anniversary and he and his wife are holed up somewhere. ;’)


14 posted on 03/26/2013 8:00:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: dfwgator

Perhaps he was dressed when he was shot?

His hair is too short to be messed up.

I believe he’s toast.


15 posted on 03/26/2013 8:45:43 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Former Fetus

http://www.jewlicious.com/2011/10/libyan-dictatormuammar-gaddafi-is-dead/

FAKE. A few images down on the above website is a photo of khaddaffy dead duck. They used it and put Assad’s head on it.


16 posted on 03/26/2013 8:53:41 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: Former Fetus
That picture looks AWFULLY SIMILAR... to this picture. (dead Gaddafi)
17 posted on 03/26/2013 9:02:28 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: dfwgator; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Looks like he's wearing one of those hippie Grateful Dead tie dye T-shirts!


18 posted on 03/26/2013 10:06:08 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Viennacon

Photoshop.


19 posted on 03/26/2013 10:11:33 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Revolting cat!

Didn’t know that Barbra Wahwa had a newspaper.


20 posted on 03/26/2013 11:48:42 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: SunkenCiv

He’s walking the Appalachin Trail.


21 posted on 03/27/2013 12:23:37 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Former Fetus

Thought Assad had a neck like a giraffe ?


22 posted on 03/27/2013 12:24:38 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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23 posted on 03/27/2013 4:10:48 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SunkenCiv

Schroedinger’s cat has nothing on Assad...


24 posted on 03/27/2013 6:56:50 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Revolting cat!
"He no dead, Jim?"

Is he still mostly dead?

Its been a tad quiet ever since Assad was reportedly assassinated by his Iranian security guard.

What up, Assad?

25 posted on 03/28/2013 7:33:05 AM PDT by hummingbird
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To: dfwgator
And mainly his face looks untouched, not a drop of blood on it. Even his hair is perfect.

Agree. Just as if he approved the photo.
26 posted on 03/28/2013 7:36:53 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Viennacon
"... The body proportion looks off. I could be wrong though."

Every picture I've seen of Assad shows him to have a very long neck. Does this fella have a long neck - hard to tell at this angle.

I'm calling he's alive and this is a doctored photo to give him time to hide out or run someplace outside of Syria to avoid execution.

Mileage may vary....

27 posted on 03/28/2013 7:39:11 AM PDT by hummingbird
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To: dfwgator
Looks fake.

Yeah, that photo doesn't look right to me either, but that doesn't mean he's not dead.
28 posted on 03/28/2013 7:40:55 AM PDT by ZX12R
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To: dfwgator
"... The body proportion looks off. I could be wrong though."

From what I can tell, dfwgator, the location and angle of the cell phones in the Assad picture look like the cell phones placement in one of the Qaddafi photos.

The more I look at it, the more I think it is photoshop.

And now, I'm going to quit looking at it!

29 posted on 03/28/2013 7:55:35 AM PDT by hummingbird
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To: Corporate Democrat
Upper middle shows the same hand and pant leg of one of the guys.

Middle left shows hand of the same person in both photos, IMHO.

IMHO, photoshop.

30 posted on 03/28/2013 8:07:51 AM PDT by hummingbird
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To: Former Fetus

Not bad photoshop work.They cover up some sloppiness by blurring the whole photo. They got the shadows and lighting right and blended in the head pretty good, the problem is the way the dark skin borders the blood stain on the neck. The dead photo of Gaddafi nails it as a fake though.


31 posted on 03/28/2013 10:42:47 AM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: Viennacon; justa-hairyape; hummingbird

Y’all are probably right. I had wondered why he looked so “fat” and came to the conclusion that, depending on how long he had been dead, he could be bloated. But the neck... that’s the key, Assad does look like a giraffe!


32 posted on 03/28/2013 12:07:23 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Corporate Democrat

I agree, same body, different faces.


33 posted on 03/28/2013 12:08:09 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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