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Israel launches more 'airstrikes' in Syria
Aljazeera ^ | Last Modified: 05 May 2013 12:51 | Source: Al Jazeera And Agencies

Posted on 05/05/2013 10:48:13 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Syria state media reports of Israeli airstrikes targeting several military positions.

Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be on their way to Lebanon's Hezbollah group, officials and activists said.

Syria's state media on Sunday reported that Israeli missiles struck a military and scientific research centre near the Syrian capital and caused casualties.

The attack, the second in three days, signaled a sharp escalation of Israel's involvement in Syria's civil war.

"The new Israeli attack is an attempt to raise the morale of the terrorist groups which have been reeling from strikes by our noble army," Syrian television said, referring to recent offensives by the forces of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, against the armed opposition.

A Western intelligence source confirmed the attack to The Associated Press, saying the target of Sunday's strike was a shiptment of advanced guided Iranian-made missiles, believed to be on their way to Lebanon's group Hezbollah.

Video footage uploaded onto the internet by activists showed a huge ball of fire rising into the night sky.

Later on Sunday, the Syrian government condemned the airstrikes, saying the attacks aim "to give direct military support to terrorist groups" fighting the government.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry also said in a letter sent to the United Nations and the UN Security Council that the "Israeli aggression" killed and wounded several people and "cause widespread distruction".

'Felt like an earthquake'

A Damascus resident described the blasts to Al Jazeera, saying they felt like "an earthquake" and "unprecedented".

Fawaz Gerges, political analyst, discusses the potential fall out following the Israeli airstrikes on Syria

A senior Israeli source told AFP that Israel had carried out the airstrike, which they said struck near Damascus airport.

"The attack was very close to hte airport, the target was Iranian missiles which were destined for Hezbollah," he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The US State Department had no immediate comment and the Israeli embassy in Washington declined comment.

The Syrian state media claims, reported by the Reuters news agency, come after Israel confirmed that its air force hit a shipment of missiles in Syria bound for Hezbollah.

Israel has repeatedly said that it is prepared to resort to force to prevent Syrian weapons, including chemical weapons, from reaching Hezbollah or groups.

Syria's rebel Free Syrian Army reacted cautiously on Sunday to the Israeli air strikes, saying their country was already under attack daily by regime war planes.

"Of course the Free Syrian Army and any Syrian is bothered that their country is being bombed, but Syria is being bombed every day by (President) Bashar al-Assad, and by Israel," FSA media and political coordinator Louay Meqdad told.

He spoke after Syrian state media reported that Israeli rockets struck a military facility outside the capital Damascus overnight, the second reported attack by the Jewish state inside Syria this week.

"We wonder why there are so many missiles and military installations around Damascus when they should be close to the ceasefire line with Israel on the Golan Heights," he added.

"For us, the operations that we carry out every day are not related to Israeli attacks or anything else, and we will continue to fight until the fall of Assad," he said.

The US president, Barack Obama, said on Saturday, before the latest incident, that it was up to Israel to confirm or deny any strikes, but that the US coordinated very closely with Israel.

"The Israelis, justifiably, have to guard against the transfer of advanced weaponry to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah," Obama told the Spanish-language TV station Telemundo.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: freesyrianarmy; iran; israel; isreal; russia; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 05/05/2013 10:48:13 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: SJackson

fyi


2 posted on 05/05/2013 10:49:07 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Here comes $4 a gallon gas again


3 posted on 05/05/2013 10:54:07 AM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I look for Syria to move busloads of women and children to all military installations.


4 posted on 05/05/2013 10:56:01 AM PDT by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: MNDude
Not so,....see this:

How Shale Energy Reshapes American Security

Beyond the headline will tell you about our current supply ....

5 posted on 05/05/2013 10:57:37 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

How about a daytime photo? They struck a hillside that reportedly can be seen prominently throughout the capital city. It’s quite a psychological attack to the extent that those scorched black acres of hillside can be seen for miles and will remain scared for months and months.


6 posted on 05/05/2013 10:57:45 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
From the article:
"The new Israeli attack is an attempt to raise the morale of the terrorist groups which have been reeling from strikes by our noble army," Syrian television said, referring to recent offensives by the forces of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, against the armed opposition.

Don't think so. Other reasons come to mind. Primary reason Iran and weapons movements. Secondary reason will leave blank, at this time, except to say ... Israel is not stupid like obama and many in our congress.

7 posted on 05/05/2013 10:59:47 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: All
Video of explosions...and commentary
8 posted on 05/05/2013 11:04:08 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Fitzy_888
Check the video,....looks to me like many secondary explosions.

I think they hit the targets.

9 posted on 05/05/2013 11:08:53 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Marine_Uncle; TigersEye

fyi


10 posted on 05/05/2013 11:10:07 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The video with the tremendous flash, there is roughly a nine second delay for the “boom”, that puts the camera roughly 1.8 miles from the blast. Many people were likely closer. The camera appears to be zoomed, but none the less the blast fills the frame at 1.8 miles...that’s some show on a Saturday night.


11 posted on 05/05/2013 11:22:28 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Looks like Israel is getting prepared for a turkey shoot.

Israel: Airspace In Northern Israel Closed Until May 9
May 5, 2013 | 1611 GMT
The airspace in northern Israel has been closed until May 9 due to an Israel Defense Forces directive issued May 5, Israel News reported. Israel has launched multiple attacks in Syria over the past few days, reportedly targeting weapons being transported to Hezbollah militants.


12 posted on 05/05/2013 11:23:21 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Is it possible that Obama wants Israel to use up its missile/bomb inventory? And not replenish it?


13 posted on 05/05/2013 11:23:33 AM PDT by ryderann
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
This was probably made by the Syrian rebels, judging by their reaction. The strike was apparently about 2.3 miles away.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_j8ID-m1pU#t=19s

14 posted on 05/05/2013 11:26:49 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Fitzy_888

Thanks for the info.


15 posted on 05/05/2013 11:27:13 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: crosslink

Thanks for the info....so send the Syrian planes ....all of them...I doubt if Syria dares to.


16 posted on 05/05/2013 11:29:02 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: cynwoody

I just counted “Mississippi’s”...with a stop watch or better yet a simple video editing program you might get the distance down to a matter of feet.


17 posted on 05/05/2013 11:36:18 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: cynwoody
Another link:

Explosions near Damacus

18 posted on 05/05/2013 11:38:02 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: ryderann

Or, Israel is hunting manpads “lost” in Libya.


19 posted on 05/05/2013 11:38:16 AM PDT by w4women ("I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism" - Reagan)
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Also:

Explosion Mount Qasioun Damascus, Syria 05/05/13

20 posted on 05/05/2013 11:43:45 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
scientific research centre near the Syrian capital

C'mon........moslem scientists?

Gimme a break.

21 posted on 05/05/2013 11:46:43 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What’s the feild of view (frame width) for a fairly cheesy consumer camera with 8-10 power zoom at 2 miles?

(Beyond my ability to calculate.)


22 posted on 05/05/2013 11:47:43 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Fitzy_888; SWAMPSNIPER

No idea....someone might wander by with the desired info...I’ll try a camera guy.


23 posted on 05/05/2013 11:51:44 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: wesagain
I’d love to see the video.

Gotcher videos right here.

24 posted on 05/05/2013 11:51:48 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: Fitzy_888
I just counted “Mississippi’s”...with a stop watch or better yet a simple video editing program you might get the distance down to a matter of feet.

You can watch the video time counter between the flash and the bang, then use Google to estimate the distance:

11 * mach 1 in miles per second

I couldn't find a way to get it cancel out the units properly, however.

25 posted on 05/05/2013 11:57:16 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: All
Related thread:

Syrian deputy FM: Israeli strike a 'declaration of war'

26 posted on 05/05/2013 11:57:56 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

17 A PROPHESY AGAINST DAMASCUS:

“See, Damascus will no longer be a city
but will become a heap of ruins.
2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted
and left to flocks, which will lie down,
with no one to make them afraid.
3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,
and royal power from Damascus;
the remnant of Aram will be
like the glory of the Israelites,”
declares the Lord Almighty.


27 posted on 05/05/2013 11:58:34 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Prior to the large blast you can see what appears to be a structure silhouetted by small blasts behind. If what your seeing is a roughly 3 foot doorway or window opening than the huge fireball seconds later might easily be 300-400 feet across.


28 posted on 05/05/2013 12:02:57 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Nice direct hit on the weapon stores.

29 posted on 05/05/2013 12:29:50 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: Fitzy_888
What it looks like is a time delayed ground penetrating munition hitting a bunker and penetrating it, a small primary explosion from the denotation of the bomb, followed by a huge secondary explosion of the missiles and munitions inside the bunker.

And pretty much everything else in the immediate vicinity, including a pretty major Syrian military installation.

Consider the implications.

By the size of the secondary explosion, there must have been a sizable cache of Iranian missiles and warheads staged there for use by terrorists.

This cache represents a huge investment in time and assets by Iran to build the missiles and launch systems.

The facility is near an airport, so the Iranian's also must have spent a huge amount of assets airlifting them into Syria, along with lots of other ordnance.

According to reports, Iran had completed what must have been many months of covert deliveries of missiles and were in the process of transferring them to Hezbollah Terrorists.

This transfer no doubt meant the there were many high level Syrian, Iranian, Hezbollah, North Korean and possibly Pakistani officials, high level Military personnel, highly trained technicians from the above countries , and the terrorist crews training to operate the missile batteries all on site.

In effect, the Israelis allowed Iran and Syria to transport and stage a huge quantity of ordnance into one of the Crown Jewels of Syria’s Military-Industrial Complex and effectively used that ordnance to completely destroy that facility along with a lot of irreplaceable, high value and high-level personnel

This is a huge loss Syria, Iran and Hezbollah and poetic justice of the highest order

5-10-5! (from a time back when the world still understood right from wrong)

30 posted on 05/05/2013 1:06:13 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: rdcbn

If Israeli’s can target an Iranian scientists in traffic in Iran, than you can easily assume they knew who was at this site at any time of the day. If they bombed a convey last week, you can assume they know where it originated from and even have some forensic evidence from the ground ascertaining what that convoy contained. What does it take to collect some dust nearby -ease.

It’s a given anyone at that site was a zealous supporters of Assad or by foreign proxy.


31 posted on 05/05/2013 1:34:27 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Fitzy_888
What’s the feild of view (frame width) for a fairly cheesy consumer camera with 8-10 power zoom at 2 miles?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angle_of_view#Common_lens_angles_of_view

http://www.tawbaware.com/maxlyons/calc.htm

Using a 35mm camera with a 50mm lens as a baseline you have a 39.6° horizontal field of view. That would give a 1.44 mile width at 2 miles.

Ten times zoom (assuming it goes from 50 to 500mm equivalent rather than something like 28-280mm) at 500mm would have a 4.1° field of view or 0.14 miles.

32 posted on 05/05/2013 1:41:52 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: KarlInOhio

So, at a lower minimum at least a 300 foot wide fireball with an upward extreme of possibly 740 plus feet.

Much worse than a sharp stick in the eye.


33 posted on 05/05/2013 1:54:43 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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