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Israel Targets Iranian Missiles in Syria Air Strike

In this image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke and fire fill the skyline over Damascus, Syria, early Sunday, May 5, 2013 after an Israeli airstrike.
In this image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke and fire fill the skyline over Damascus, Syria, early Sunday, May 5, 2013 after an Israeli airstrike.
Robert Berger
Israel has attacked targets in Syria for the second time in three days.  

Loud explosions rocked Damascus as Israeli warplanes struck targets deep inside Syria.  The Syrian news agency says Israeli missiles blasted a military research center near the capital.

Foreign intelligence sources say Israel hit sophisticated Iranian-made missiles believed to be headed to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon.  These are said to be extremely accurate guided missiles, unlike anything Hezbollah has in its arsenal.

Friday, according to intelligence sources, Israel warplanes struck long-range missiles also allegedly destined for Hezbollah.  

There was no official comment from Israel on Sunday’s pre-dawn attack.  But Cabinet minister Uzi Landau dropped a strong hint.

He said Israel's policy is clear: It will not allow the transfer of sophisticated Syrian weapons to terrorist groups.

Syria’s Deputy Information Minister Hilf al-Miftah accused Israel of raising regional tensions.

Speaking on the U.S.-funded Arabic station Radio Sawa, he warned his country’s civil war could spread beyond the borders of Syria.

Until now, Israel has mostly stayed out of the fighting in Syria, but the air strikes have raised fears the situation could escalate into a broader regional conflict.

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by: Igor from: Russia
May 06, 2013 1:22 AM
Israel, you must know the limit of your actions. We have not downed any of your airfighters this time although we have detected them earlier and are well capable of doing so. If you step over that limit, Russia will take decisive actions and your tiny country will no longer exist!!!

by: A. Bannah from: Saudi Arabia
May 06, 2013 12:41 AM
I am Syrian, and my father fought against Israel in 1973, and I am ashamed that he did (allāhu ’ákbar). Shaykh Azam, I am with you, we have sinned against Ahl-Al-Kitab against God's beloved people of the Book (allāhu ’ákbar). Islam must protect the Sha'ab Allah al Mukhtar the blessed people of the House of Israel. الله أكبر

by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
May 05, 2013 8:41 PM
Any one that destroys large weapons, of the Assad dictatorship, is saving thousands of civilian lives in Syria; more nations need to emulate the Israeli example, and destroy all the massive arsenals in Syria; they have resulted in the murder of 70,000 plus Syrians, mainly civilians, and the utter destruction of civilian areas, mainly Sunni Muslim cities, towns and villages. These arsenals of total destruction, have been used by the Assad regime to create millions on internal Syrian refugees, that are living in a desperate struggle for their survival; in addition, these arsenals of destriuction, in the hands of Assad or any other extremists will only cause thousands of more Syrian civilian deaths, injured and the complete obliteration of Syrian civilian structures. These arsenals need to be destroyed, and the civil war needs to be brought to an end. If Israel did attack these arsenals, it has set a good example, and it is the path to save Syrian civilians.

by: Masterson from: USA
May 05, 2013 5:28 PM
come on... guys... Israel has been intercepting Iranian weapons shipments to HizbAllah for the longest possible time... countless Iranian operatives have "disappeared"... a well known Israeli tactic... the facts are that the Arabs hate Iranians and the Israelis hunt them... you see, after the gassing of the women and children in Syria, Obama had to unleash the Israelis - Assad is really really lucky that Obama's instructions to the Israelis did not include turning Assad into a greasy spot on some dirt road...

by: Imam Azam from: Syria
May 05, 2013 5:01 PM
hey NVO, you are right that the Syrian blood thirsty dictatorship was winning - by gassing the Free Syrian Army!!! by Gassing women and children... by gassing whole neighborhoods... I say - thank God for Israel!!! you have proven time and again that you are God's beloved people. Islam acknowledge you Israel protected to the end of time by the shield and the sword of Islam. nazr qasam

May God have mercy on us

by: Dr. Lenox from: Ireland
May 05, 2013 4:46 PM
for two years the effete British have agitated for the forceful removal of Assad; of course, Britain can't do it... The Israelis, Germans and Russians do not see the "wisdom" of such a maneuver... but the British want to curry favour with Saudi Arabia for better oil rates... This is not an Israeli operation... its an American operation (Bibi isn't even in Israel) who were nagged to death by the effete British... they did it before with Gadafy and the Lockerbie bombing... remember?

by: Newton Albuquerque
May 05, 2013 3:03 PM
it's so bad!!

by: Anonymous
May 05, 2013 2:35 PM
the Syrian "Prime Minister" clown said "Israel declared war on Syria"
Let me tell you fool, if Israel had declared war on Syria, you would be pig food by now... so calm down, Israel did what she told you she would... do not transfer weapons to Hezbullah!!!

the truth is that Israel is getting so much direct intelligence from the Assad regime - and Assad himself - that the European intelligence agencies are convinced that Assad and Iran are not allies but direct enemies

by: NVO from: USA
May 05, 2013 2:13 PM
Here is what the corporate media will NOT tell you: the Syrian government has engaged in a highly successful counter-offensive over the past three weeks that has left the foreign based insurgency on the verge of total defeat. This is the impetus for the manic Israeli bombing campaigns against the Syrian government. The silly claims of the Israeli general falling flat on the still-professional US intelligence analytical community, things just became very grave for the regime-changers in the US and Tel Aviv. The only incoming Israel has received from Syria has been insurgent fire in the Golan intended to establish the illusion of an instability so grave it requires an Israeli military response. Israeli warhawks obliged.

The cost of the Bibi-ista tactical alliance with al-Qaeda will sadly likely be high for the average Israeli who wants no part of this fight. Not unlike the ultimate cost of US support for Bin Laden against the Soviets which culminated in 9/11. The Israeli peace movement is a final hope…we are with you!
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by: Plain Mirror Intl from: Plain planet -Africa
May 07, 2013 6:13 AM
NVO from USA is an outstanding intelligent US citizen, keep it up!

by: Josh
May 05, 2013 1:09 PM
Israel's pre-emptive action illustrates they dont rely on the United Nations, whose action on Syria and its leaders is sadly lacking.

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