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August 1, 2013 1:10 pm

Report: Further Israeli Airstrikes on Syria Weapons Cache Likely

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Further Israeli strikes inside Syria are now expected after American intelligence analysts concluded that a recent attempt to destroy a stockpile of weapons there did not succeed, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

The strike, which allegedly took place July 5th near Latakia, targeted Russian-made anti-ship cruise missiles. While the warehouse containing the missiles was destroyed, American intelligence analysts have concluded that at least some of the Yakhont missiles had been removed from their launchers and moved from the warehouse before the attack.

According to The Times, the Assad government sought to hide the fact that the missiles had been missed by setting fire to launchers and vehicles at the site to create the impression of a devastating blow, according to American intelligence reports.

Russia has been supplying the Syrian government with sophisticated weaponry, despite the protestations of Western governments. Russia claims it is only fulfilling previous weapons contracts, signed before war broke out in Syria.

The July 5 attack near Latakia was the fourth known Israeli airstrike in Syria this year.

American officials fingered Israel for the strike, though Israel has not taken responsibility, keeping to its policy of withholding comment on pre-emptive military strikes.

Israeli officials have said that they do not intend to become involved in the Syrian war, but that they will act to prevent sophisticated weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists.

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  • How far Israel goes ,the number of lives she is prepared to loose, the resources expended have to be weighed against the catastrophes prevented. Not just Israel but other nations not all in the Middle East will have bought time.

    The scenario is being played out with the consequences not known but what is being calculated is the endgame decided by the international power players. And there is no consensus there.

    The cause and effects can be limited geographically around Israel with not just de facto cooperation from the Jordanians, Egyptians but on a regional scale the Turks and Caucasian Republics. A compromise, financed in infrastructure by Arab money, with the Palestinians, is possible. This is the temporary balance, existing long enough to become a reality that Iran fears and Russia calculates. What happens in the Gulf and Saudi is a foregone conclusion ultimately in Israel’s favour.

    Of course who controls Syria is open to debate, like everything else, but an Alawaite statelet with access to the Mediterranean and a Kurd controlled territory in the east are plausible. The when, who and what are all facts not just yet to be decided but yet to be even imagined. This triangle between continents, oil, nuclear weapons, tribalism and religious hatreds creates possibilities for Israel. And Israel has proven in the past to be not only open to opportunities but to build on them to her advantage.

  • Straightshooter

    Go to it, guys, let´s finish this job off properly!