Skip to comments.Assad "to declare war" on Israel following fresh airstrikes
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.
Yes they do, and don’t call him Shirley.
Thanks for the ping. Wow.
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.
Where are all the Assad supporters to tell us how Israel is helping al-Qaeda?
AQ is having a big time tonight; with Saddam’s chemical stash gone and the Syrian intel/military research facilities destroyed, they smell blood.
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.
Let em! Let declare anything they want Isreal will decimate them!
Yeppers Obummer will be the poster boy for the new sleep # bed!
What happens @ 3:am Who gives a rats ass!
I guess Israel is just not convinced that the genocidal islamofascist nazi Assad is their friend and ally. Go figure!
It must come as a great relief to Dear Leader that the Israelis have the fortitude to back up his empty threats. A lesser man would be embarrassed that an ally that he has treated so badly would step up to mitigate his cowardly refusal to stand by his own words.
To which Bibi said: Make my day!
No they don’t because they won’t get their hands on them either. Israel is killing two birds with one stone.
My local paper, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune a Commie paper, had a blurb this past week that The Messiah has put some of our troops into Mali. I think he has also stationed US troops in Somalia. It’s gonna get Fugly!
Problem is, neither are the muslim brotherhood rebels. What a mess.
“Another 3 am phone call from the middle east he is sleeping through.”
You are absolutely wrong. I have complete confidence that Obama and his advisers are feverishly and diligently working on the apology and the assignment of blame even as I write this.
oh this is not good at all
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.