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Assad "to declare war" on Israel following fresh airstrikes
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Posted on 05/04/2013 8:07:27 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

Following evidence of chemical warfare and an increasinly reticent US position, Israel has in recent days taken widely reported steps to neutralise threats emanating from within civil war-torn Syria.

While strikes from Lebanese airspace this weekend are not thought to have been on chemical weapons caches, the recent Israeli intelligence regarding the use of such weaponry is thought to have spurred on a round of strikes, including the latest just hours ago.

The Syrian state news agency SANA, citing initial reports, said early Sunday that Israeli missiles struck a military research center near the capital Damascus.

Syrian state television has reported that a major strike on an ammunition depot in Qassiyoun mountains shook Damascus, while Hezbollah's Al-Manar station claimed the explosion may have been a downed Israeli jet.

Rumours are surfacing online that following the latest volley of attacks on the Syrian regime, President Bashar al-Assad will soon officially declare war on Israel, with speculators pointing to 5am local time for official confirmation. This information continues to persist despite the technical state of war that currently exists between the two states.

Many however, have been quick to dismiss these reports as strictly rumour, with various commentators claiming that such a move would be sure to end Assad's reign of terror in Syria "within a week".

The news of an Israeli intervention in Syria has caught the Obama administration on the back foot, with the US president refusing to comment at length about the strike. Obama said, "The Israelis, justifiably, have to guard against the transfer of advanced weaponry to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah."

The US president made no mention of supposed "red lines" being crossed, despite evidence of Syria's used of chemical weapons against rebel forces. Critics have hit out at Barack Obama in recent days for failing to put forward any coherent strategy to bring the violence in Syria to an end. The inaction, according to some, is another example of Obama's "lead from behind" strategy, the same tactic he employed during the intervention in Libya.

UPDATE 03:15am GMT: 5am local time in Syria has passed without comment from military authorities or the Assad regime. Speculation continues about the nature of the attack with some insisting that Israel's weaponry was "nuclear-like", that chemicals can be "smelt" in the air, and that the attack was co-ordinated by Israel with help from Syrian rebel forces.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: assad; israel; russia; syria; waronterror
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1 posted on 05/04/2013 8:07:27 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

Meanwhile, in Obama’s bedroom......

ZZZZzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzz


2 posted on 05/04/2013 8:10:04 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: My Favorite Headache

Zer0, leading from behind again (if not actively voting
“Present!”).


3 posted on 05/04/2013 8:10:32 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: My Favorite Headache

I guess he’s trying to make friends with the Muslim Brotherhood?????


4 posted on 05/04/2013 8:10:40 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Israeli warplanes launch air strike inside Syria

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22409380


5 posted on 05/04/2013 8:11:23 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: My Favorite Headache


6 posted on 05/04/2013 8:12:00 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: My Favorite Headache

It’s not up to obama to make it end, it is up to the people fighting. It will end when it ends


7 posted on 05/04/2013 8:12:07 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Viennacon

Another 3 am phone call from the middle east he is sleeping through.


8 posted on 05/04/2013 8:12:08 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: yldstrk

When will you make an end?


9 posted on 05/04/2013 8:15:21 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Is Damascus gone?


10 posted on 05/04/2013 8:15:30 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

The media sure is strange these days. Remember here on FR there was a story earlier in the week about a similar strike? I never heard a word about it again until today...cnn says (today) “Israel also appeared to have struck Syria earlier this week...” so Israel striking Syria earlier in the week wasn’t something the MSM was interested in? Like I say, how strange are these times.


11 posted on 05/04/2013 8:15:37 PM PDT by toddausauras (FUBO x 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)
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To: My Favorite Headache

12 posted on 05/04/2013 8:16:19 PM PDT by South40
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To: onyx

AGREED!!!!!


13 posted on 05/04/2013 8:17:17 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: My Favorite Headache

This can’t be good. (for Assad)


14 posted on 05/04/2013 8:17:28 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: My Favorite Headache
https://twitter.com/PaulaSlier_RT

PaulaSlier_RT ‏@PaulaSlier_RT 1m Many dismissing rumours that #Assad will soon declare war on #Israel

PaulaSlier_RT ‏@PaulaSlier_RT 2m Reports that two #Israeli jets were downed - again no word - confirmation or denial - from #Israeli side

PaulaSlier_RT ‏@PaulaSlier_RT 3m #Hizubllah's Al-Manar TV station claims explosions in #Syria might have been a downed #Israeli jet

PaulaSlier_RT ‏@PaulaSlier_RT 3m #Israeli jets reportedly broke the sound barrier and hit several #Syrian military posts

PaulaSlier_RT ‏@PaulaSlier_RT 4m #Syrian state TV says #Israel launched 12 missiles from #Lebanese airspace targeting an ammunition depot outside #Damascus

15 posted on 05/04/2013 8:19:43 PM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: Mortrey

Safe bet, but keep praying for Israel, regardless..


16 posted on 05/04/2013 8:20:23 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: Jet Jaguar

Do you know if the Egypt defense pact is still in force? If so and he declares war could we see our old f-16’s in the air ?

http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4322774?uid=3739728&uid=2460338175&uid=2460337935&uid=2&uid=4&uid=83&uid=63&uid=3739256&sid=21102239740337


17 posted on 05/04/2013 8:20:28 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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18 posted on 05/04/2013 8:21:46 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: Viennacon
Meanwhile, in Obama’s bedroom......ZZZZzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzz

You were missing the name "Jay"


19 posted on 05/04/2013 8:23:03 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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To: Viennacon

Meanwhile, in Obama’s bedroom......

ZZZZzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzz


Hey Obama needs his sleep, playing golf over and over and over again can really tire a person out


20 posted on 05/04/2013 8:23:53 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: onyx

good one


21 posted on 05/04/2013 8:24:02 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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To: crosslink

I dunno.

Good point.


22 posted on 05/04/2013 8:24:15 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: F15Eagle

:)
I like it, too.


23 posted on 05/04/2013 8:25:28 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: Jet Jaguar

I am worried that the regime needs a big diversion to give the media something to cover next week other than the hearing. Good thing we just shipped those to the brotherhood . Insane

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/11/us-gives-4-more-f-16-fighter-jets-to-egyptian-government/


24 posted on 05/04/2013 8:26:34 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I just worry that somehow Obama will bring us into this.


25 posted on 05/04/2013 8:27:35 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: My Favorite Headache

OH MY! Syria is declaring “WAR”... Is that before they sent weapons or after?

Before they wanted to remove Israel from the face of the earth or after?

Are they more angry now then before?

Inquiring minds would like to know.


26 posted on 05/04/2013 8:28:29 PM PDT by ConfidentConservative (If my people shall humble themselves and pray,I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.)
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To: crosslink
Good thing we just shipped those to the brotherhood

So, does alkida know how to land these planes as well? How are they in dogfights?

27 posted on 05/04/2013 8:29:05 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: LukeL

eh?


28 posted on 05/04/2013 8:30:09 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Greetings from Israel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_j8ID-m1pU


29 posted on 05/04/2013 8:30:52 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

That’s funny, they can only use them once LOL


30 posted on 05/04/2013 8:32:04 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

all al queerda needs to know is how to take off and how to fly, they donn’t care about landing


31 posted on 05/04/2013 8:32:21 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: South40

7. Continue to support and arm the MB and his other anti Israel/ western man proxies.


32 posted on 05/04/2013 8:37:28 PM PDT by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Hint to Assad

Never declare wariness a country whose Air Force flies directly over your palace, your military HQ , your main intelligence compound with complete impunity while their jets are fully laden with fuel and bombs and on their way to bomb your most sensitive chemical weapons and missile assets.

Just to show they can


33 posted on 05/04/2013 8:39:24 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: toddausauras
The media sure is strange these days. Remember here on FR there was a story earlier in the week about a similar strike? I never heard a word about it again until today...cnn says (today) “Israel also appeared to have struck Syria earlier this week...” so Israel striking Syria earlier in the week wasn’t something the MSM was interested in? Like I say, how strange are these times.

Propaganda organizations, when caught off guard without a clue, often react to perceived bad news with silence.

34 posted on 05/04/2013 8:40:14 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: ConservativeMan55; penelopesire

Ping, hoping Egypt stays out of this .


35 posted on 05/04/2013 8:40:36 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Beowulf9

Possibly. But I think Obama is so far behind the game as are his advisors that he hasn’t a clue who is fighting who any more or what any of this is all about.

Wonder if anyone has told him about the latest Chinese incursion.

So much to worry about he probably wishes he would have taken his golf clubs with him and stayed in Mexico for a few more days.


36 posted on 05/04/2013 8:42:32 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Viennacon

Obummer is very proactive.


37 posted on 05/04/2013 8:43:24 PM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: fella

often react to perceived bad news with silence.”

Unless they are in the United States and then they just make stuff up.


38 posted on 05/04/2013 8:43:52 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: CMB_polarization

Dumb question: Can’t Israel use surface to surface missiles on targets in Syria? Surely they have cruise missiles?


39 posted on 05/04/2013 8:44:59 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Viennacon

King Barry must have a fund raiser tomorrow.


40 posted on 05/04/2013 8:47:59 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: BenLurkin

Yes they do, and don’t call him Shirley.


41 posted on 05/04/2013 8:48:34 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: crosslink

Thanks for the ping. Wow.


42 posted on 05/04/2013 8:49:22 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: crosslink

Well..thanks to Iman Obama and the American taxpayer, they have some really nice hardware to put in the sky should they choose....

Thanks Obama.....(eye roll)...(shudder).you have set the whole Middle East on fire.


43 posted on 05/04/2013 8:52:57 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Where are all the Assad supporters to tell us how Israel is helping al-Qaeda?


44 posted on 05/04/2013 8:56:54 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

AQ is having a big time tonight; with Saddam’s chemical stash gone and the Syrian intel/military research facilities destroyed, they smell blood.


45 posted on 05/04/2013 9:00:27 PM PDT by harwood (Ann Coulter: Future SCOTUS nominee!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
careful what you wish for azzhole...
46 posted on 05/04/2013 9:00:43 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BenLurkin

Israel does use air-to-ground “stand off” weapons to avoid crossing borders. Much harder to get confirmation of Israeli hits on an area with a civil war.


47 posted on 05/04/2013 9:01:20 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Let em! Let declare anything they want Isreal will decimate them!


48 posted on 05/04/2013 9:01:20 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1

Yeppers Obummer will be the poster boy for the new sleep # bed!
What happens @ 3:am Who gives a rats ass!


49 posted on 05/04/2013 9:02:57 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: harwood

I guess Israel is just not convinced that the genocidal islamofascist nazi Assad is their friend and ally. Go figure!


50 posted on 05/04/2013 9:07:05 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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