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Israeli Airstrike in Syria Targeted Missiles From Iran, U.S. Officials Say
New York Times ^ | May 4, 2013 | MICHAEL R. GORDON and JODI RUDOREN

Posted on 05/04/2013 2:29:24 PM PDT by lbryce

The airstrike that Israeli warplanes carried out in Syria was directed at a shipment of advanced surface-to-surface missiles from Iran that Israel believed was intended for Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese organization, American officials said Saturday

It was the second time in four months that Israel had carried out an attack in foreign territory intended to disrupt the pipeline of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah, and the raid was a vivid example of how regional adversaries are looking after their own interests as Syria becomes more chaotic.

Iran and Hezbollah have both backed President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, now in its third year. But as fighting in Syria escalates, they also have a powerful stake in expediting the delivery of advanced weapons to Hezbollah in case Mr. Assad loses his grip on power.

Israel, for its part, has repeatedly cautioned that it will not allow Hezbollah to receive “game changing” weapons that could threaten the Israeli heartland after a post-Assad government took power.

And as Washington considers how to handle evidence of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, a development it has described as a “red line,” Israel is clearly showing that it will stand behind the red lines it sets.

“The Israelis are saying, ‘O.K., whichever way the civil war is going, we are going to keep our red lines, which are different from Obama’s,’ ” said Ehud Yaari, an Israel-based fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The missiles that were the target of the raid had been sent to Syria by Iran and were being stored in a warehouse at Damascus International Airport when they were struck, according to an American official.

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


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hezbollah; iran; israel; lebanon; russia; syria; waronterror
So far, the combatants, that is Syria, Hezbollah and Iran are playing a conservative game in having suffered losses at the hands of Israelis but still have kept a low profile especially Iran choosing to take the losses, with a wait-and-attitude not to widen military action out of fear things may get out of control. But one of these days one of these four will cross the line that pushes their adversary's button leading to consequences that won't be pretty.
1 posted on 05/04/2013 2:29:24 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce
One more time.....


2 posted on 05/04/2013 2:32:52 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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The secondary explosions must have been amaaaaazing.


3 posted on 05/04/2013 3:30:46 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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4 posted on 05/04/2013 3:50:42 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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From Druge:

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RED LINE: ISRAELI STRIKE ON SYRIA HIT ARMS FROM IRAN


5 posted on 05/04/2013 3:55:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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6 posted on 05/04/2013 4:00:47 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Meanwhile the uranium enrichment continues underground in Iran.


7 posted on 05/04/2013 4:04:39 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: lbryce

Israel is looking after its national security. Meanwhile, the Obama Syndicate is AWOL on America’s national security.


8 posted on 05/04/2013 4:59:50 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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The UN keeps putting sanctions on Iran ... except oil exports - the only thing that matters. Oil money builds lots of weapons. We then spend our blood and treasure fighting against those weapons built with our oil money in places like Syria, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali and soon Egypt ...


9 posted on 05/04/2013 5:14:56 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: lbryce

One day Israel will have to stop farting around and do away with Iran.


10 posted on 05/04/2013 5:32:19 PM PDT by Venturer
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Thanks Ernest.


11 posted on 05/04/2013 5:40:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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The Israelis know the meaning of a line drawn in the sand, and know that you don’t draw it if you’re too timid to back it up. Every time Obama confronts real men of strength, whether they’re allies or enemies, Netanyahu or Putin, he looks childish by the comparison. The world is full of raving cowards, like Kim Jung Un and Ahmandinejad, and sniveling cowards, like those in charge in Europe and the USA, but real men of courage are rare, and they are universally despised by the spineless mollusks who can only feign manliness.


12 posted on 05/04/2013 6:07:51 PM PDT by Spok
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Iran seems to have entered the active stage - seeing a weak Syria, and becoming involved on all fronts since the picking is ripe. Read more about their involvement here: http://jcpa.org/article/irans-plans-to-take-over-syria/


13 posted on 05/05/2013 12:30:27 AM PDT by JCPA-JerusalemCenter (Iranian Involvement in Syria)
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14 posted on 05/05/2013 5:30:58 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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