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  • Israel claims the Syrian civil war is effectively over — and President Assad is back in control

    08/03/2018 11:06:10 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 2, 2018 | Sam Meredith
    Israel claimed Syria's long-running civil war had effectively come to an end Thursday and predicted the Golan Heights frontier between the two countries would be much quieter over the coming months. Syrian President Bashar Assad has sought to restore central rule in several southwestern areas of the country in recent weeks, with a particular focus on reclaiming Golan Heights — an area of strategic and political significance for both Damascus and Jerusalem. "From our perspective, the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war, meaning there is a real address, someone responsible, and central rule," Israeli Defense...
  • Analysis: Soviet-made Sukhoi downed by IAF exposes Syria’s aging air force

    07/24/2018 11:07:52 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/24/18 | Seth J. Frantzman
    The Syrian fighter jet Israel shot down over the Golan Tuesday is an old Soviet-era aircraft that has formed the backbone of Syria’s air force as attrition has taken its toll over seven long years of war. It took off from the T4 Air base more than 200km from the Golan and was on a mission to bomb ISIS targets near the 1974 ceasefire line. Initially thought to be either an SU-22 or SU-24, it was flying towards Israeli airspace at high speed, the IDF said. What do we know about the SU-22 and its capabilities? According to the website...
  • Israel shoots down Syrian warplane as Golan frontier heats up

    07/24/2018 10:37:06 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    trust.org ^ | 7/24/18 | Reuters / Dan Williams and Lisa Barrington
    JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, July 24 (Reuters) - Israel said it shot down a Syrian warplane that crossed into the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, but Damascus said the jet was fired on as it took part in sorties against rebels within Syria. The incident added new fuel to weeks of tensions over the Golan, a strategic plateau between the two old enemies and where Israel has been on high alert as Syrian government forces, supported by Russia, close in to regain rebel-held ground. Israel worries Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may defy a 1974 U.N. armistice that demilitarised much of the Golan, or...
  • Israel takes down Syrian plane

    07/24/2018 5:30:06 AM PDT · by Netz · 26 replies
    Arurtz 7 ^ | 24 July 2018 | Chana Roberts
    Israel takes down Syrian plane For the second day in a row, sirens sound in Israel's north. Israel fires interceptor missiles towards Syrian plane in Israeli airspace. Sirens sounded Tuesday afternoon in regional councils in the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley, as well as in the northern city of Katzrin. Residents of northern Israel reported that two interceptor missiles were fired from the Tzfat region. The IDF confirmed that two Patriot missiles had been fired at a Syrian Sukhoi plane. The plane was being tracked, and when it reached two kilometers (1.24 miles) into Israel, it was shot down....
  • Syria conflict: White Helmets evacuated by Israel

    07/22/2018 6:58:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    bbc ^ | 07/22/2018
    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they were acting on a request from the US, the UK and other European nations. The White Helmets had become trapped in an area of south-western Syria near the border with the Golan Heights after an offensive by the Syrian military. ... The evacuees were driven to the border with the Golan Heights and taken on from there by Israeli troops to Jordan. The plan had been to evacuate 800 White Helmets and their families, but only 422 made it.
  • Syrians Thank Israel for Being a 'Good Neighbor' When No One Else Will

    07/03/2018 3:49:37 AM PDT · by JohnThree3to16 · 11 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 2 June 2018 | Israel Today - Staff
    Syrians Thank Israel for Being a 'Good Neighbor' When No One Else Will
  • Israel rushes to secure its border and 'prevent entry of refugees' as 120,000 Syrians flee [tr]

    06/29/2018 12:23:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2018 | Iain Burns
    Israel is rushing to secure its northeastern border after the latest onslaught from Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad drove 120,000 people to flee their homes. A war monitoring group said today that most of the refugees are heading towards the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. A senior Israeli minister said refugees gathering at the Golan frontier must be prevented from crossing into Israel.
  • Syria war: Air strike on Deraa shelter kills 17 civilians

    06/29/2018 5:46:16 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/28/18 | Staff
    At least 17 civilians have been killed in an air strike on a basement shelter in south-western Syria, activists say, as warplanes pound rebel-held areas. A monitoring group reported that five children were among those who died when aircraft identified as Russian bombed Musayfira, east of the city of Deraa. Russia is backing an army offensive in the region, which borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. More than 90 civilians are said to have been killed since it began 11 days ago. The provinces of Deraa and Quneitra had been relatively calm for almost a year because of a...
  • Syria Update: Pro-Government Sources Proclaiming Imminent Offensive....USA Warned Against

    06/19/2018 2:37:27 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/18/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "We are hours away from the beginning of the #OpBasalt in Daraa and al-Quenitra, a military choice that God knows we were forced to pick, we gave them Ramadan and Eid to accept a peaceful solution, and they didn't, what happen from now on is their responsibility" "WithinSyriaBlog" Twitter 6/18/2018 "The United States remains committed to maintaining the stability of the southwest de-escalation zone and to the cease-fire underpinning it. We also caution the Syria regime against any actions that risk broadening the conflict or jeopardizing the cease-fire" US State Department Statement May 25th, 2018 Its being called "Operation Basalt",...
  • Netanyahu: Israel will hit Iran throughout Syria, not only along border

    06/17/2018 12:06:26 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 10 replies
    Jpost ^ | 6/17/18 | Herb Keinon
    Israel will strike against Iranian efforts to entrench itself militarily throughout Syria, and not only along the Syrian-Israeli border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend. Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting that he spoke with both men and discussed the region, with an emphasis on Syria. The prime minister said he reiterated and made clear the principles guiding Israeli policy toward Syria. “First of all, Iran needs to withdraw from all of Syria,” he said. “Second, we will take action – and are already taking action –...
  • GOLAN HEIGHTS RECOGNITION THWARTED BY THE SWAMP

    05/30/2018 5:19:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 30, 2018 | Ari Lieberman
    A move that would send a clear message to Iran. Last week, House Foreign Affairs Committee Member, Congressman Ron DeSantis (R.,-Fla.), proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act recognizing the Golan Heights as an integral part of Israel thereby validating Israel’s 1981 annexation of the territory. Though non-binding, the declarative resolution, which would have likely passed if brought to the House floor for a full vote, would have sent a strong message to the world, but chiefly Israel's enemies, that after eight years of relentless hostility from the previous American administration, the US-Israel alliance is back on track...
  • Assad Regime Intentions in the Southwest De-escalation Zone

    05/28/2018 9:13:46 AM PDT · by Spiridon · 11 replies
    US Department of State ^ | 5/25/2018 | Heather Nauert
    The United States is concerned by reports of an impending Assad regime operation in southwest Syria within the boundaries of the de-escalation zone negotiated between the United States, Jordan and the Russian Federation and reaffirmed between President's Trump and Putin in DaNang, Vietnam in November. The United States remains committed to maintaining the stability of the southwest de-escalation zone and to the ceasefire underpinning it. We also caution the Syrian regime against any actions that risk broadening the conflict or jeopardize he ceasefire. As a gurantor of this de-escalation area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm...
  • Report: Israel and Iran engage in Indirect Negotiations Over Syria Fighting

    05/28/2018 12:08:26 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/28/18 | YASSER OKBI/MAARIV,YAMI ROTH / MAARIV
    Israel and Iran engaged over the weekend in indirect negotiations in Jordan regarding fighting in southwestern Syria, according to a Saudi-owned website. According to the Elaph website, the Iranians pledged not to participate in expected battles in southwestern Syria between President Bashar Assad’s forces and rebel groups, and Israel has made it clear that it will not intervene in the battles in the tri-border area, as long as Hezbollah and the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias are not involved. The unconfirmed report said the negotiations were conducted last weekend between Iran’s ambassador to Jordan, who was in one hotel room in Amman...
  • Syria Breaking: US Appears To Be Threatening Military Action In Holiday Weekend Statement

    05/26/2018 5:51:38 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 12 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/26/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "As a gurantor of this de-escalaltion area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Assad regime violations" Heather Nauert of the US State Department speaks late Friday 5/25/2018 With the Syrian regime dropping leaflets in southwestern Syria near the Golan Heights and Jordan urging rebel-jihadist forces to disarm and with the expectation of Syrian government military action in the region, the United States has begun to cry foul. This going into a weekend statement reminds me of what President Trump did earlier this year when he discussed Syria on a Friday...
  • Russia Will NOT Deliver Missiles to Syria After Netanyahu Visit

    05/11/2018 9:20:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/11/2018 | MAIREAD MCARDLE
    A Kremlin aide said Friday that Russia has walked back its talk of supplying the Syrian government with more missiles, just days after a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Russia had floated giving President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime S-300 ground-to-air missiles after the U.S., Britain, and France launched airstrikes on Syria last month, a punishment for Assad’s chemical attack on his own people, including children. However, Netanyahu may have successfully lobbied Russian president Vladimir Putin this week not to render the extra military aid. The Kremlin now believes the missiles are not needed at this time, according to Vladimir...
  • While The West Was Sleeping, Israel And Syria Clashed In Their Biggest Battle Since 1973 War

    05/10/2018 9:55:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/10/2018 | Will Racke
    Israel exchanged rocket and cruise missile fire with Iranian forces deployed inside Syria during an hours-long battle late Wednesday, the biggest direct confrontation between the two countries since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Responding to a barrage of rockets reportedly fired by Iranian troops at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) attacked nearly all of Iran’s military installations in Syria, an IDF spokesman said, according to the Associated Press. Targets included a weapons storage facility, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by the Quds Force, the special operations division of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. Also destroyed...
  • Israel has hit nearly all Iranian infrastructure in Syria, military claims

    05/10/2018 7:46:15 AM PDT · by McGruff · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 10, 2018
    Israel has claimed it hit nearly all Iranian infrastructure in Syria during airstrikes launched in response to a rocket attack on its troops in the occupied Golan Heights it blamed on Iran. The alleged Iranian barrage just after midnight, which Israel said failed to hit its targets, and extensive response appeared to be the most serious confrontation ever between two foes who have long warned of war. It would be the first time, if confirmed, that Iran has fired rockets directly at Israeli forces in a conflict that for years has been fought through proxies such as the Lebanese group...
  • After Iranian barrage, Israel launches massive counterattack in Syria

    05/09/2018 6:59:35 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 128 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 9, 2018 | JUDAH ARI GROSS
    IDF warns Syrian military not to interfere as it pummels Iranian targets in largest direct exchange between Jerusalem, Tehran By Today, 4:38 am 1 Some 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military bases by Iranian forces from southern Syria just after midnight on Thursday, sparking the largest ever direct clash between Jerusalem and Tehran, with Israeli jets targeting numerous Iranian-controlled sites across Syria. The Israeli army said the initial missile barrage was carried out by members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Forces. This appeared to be the first time that Israel attributed an attack directly to Iran, which...
  • IDF: Iranian Forces Fire Rockets at Israel

    05/09/2018 4:12:10 PM PDT · by conservativepoet · 54 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | May 9, 2018 | Aaron Klein
    Iranian forces operating from Syria fired about 20 rockets at Israeli army positions in the Golan Heights, the Israel Defense Forces said on Tuesday night.
  • Staring Down on Syria [Neocon war drums]

    04/13/2018 5:34:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 12, 2018 | Bret Stephens
    On Saturday I took my family to have a closer look at Syria. This was on the Golan Heights, from a roadside promontory overlooking the abandoned Syrian town of Quneitra. The border is very green at this time of year, a serene patchwork of orchards and grassland, and it was hard to impress on our kids that hell on earth was visible in the quiet distance. But I wanted them to see it — to know that Syria is a place, not an abstraction; that the agonies of its people are near, not far; that we should not look away....