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January 18, 2015 3:18 pm

Up to 11 Killed in Reported Israeli Strike on Convoy of Hezbollah, Iranian Commanders in Syria

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An Israeli airstrike in Syria today killed several senior Hezbollah and Iranian military commanders traveling in a convoy in the Golan Heights bordering the Jewish state, according to local media reports. The alleged strike comes just days after the terror group’s leader threatened attacks deep inside Israeli territory.

Initial reports indicated that five were killed in the strike, while one Turkish media outlet said that as many as 11 were killed including five Hezbollah members and six Iranians.

Among those killed according to the reports is Jihad Mughniyeh, a senior Hezbollah commander in charge of organizing potential attacks on Israel out of the Golan Heights. His father, Imad Mughniyah, another well known terrorist was assassinated in 2008. Lebanese media also reported that Hezbollah field commander Mohammad Issa who goes by the nom de guerre “Abu Issa” was also killed.

Another senior figure named as a casualty is Abu Ali Tabtabai, who may have been the head of Hezbollah operations in all of Syria.

While Lebanese media reported that the strike, which destroyed one vehicle and damaged another, was carried out by helicopters, later reports indicated that jets may have been involved.

Israeli officials declined to formally comment on the reports, but one unnamed official speaking to AFP confirmed the attack and said that the raid targeted terrorists planning attacks against Israel, YNet News reported.

YNet said that a reporter from Hezbollah’s journal al-Akhbar wrote on his Twitter page that “the Hezbollah leadership is the one that will decide how to respond to the recent Israeli aggression, however this blow is uncontainable.”

Lebanon’s Daily Star reported that Hezbollah issued a statement confirming the strike saying “a number of mujahedeens were martyred,” during an inspection mission in the Syrian town of Quneitra. The Hezbollah statement added that the names of the fighters will be divulged later, once the families of the dead have been notified.

In an extensive interview earlier this week, Hezbollah chief Nasrallah committed to invading Israeli territory in the Galilee, an area adjacent to the Golan.

“Hezbollah is prepared for military intervention in Israel’s Galilee and beyond, deeper into Israeli territory,” he said in an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV to be aired Thursday evening. “We have made all necessary preparations for a future war with Israel.”

“We have military abilities that will deliver us the victory against Israel,” he threatened. “The military capability of the resistance has not been damaged, and if Israel thinks differently, it is wrong.”

Although Israel’s position on the conflict in Syria has remained publicly neutral, officials have insisted that Israel will take steps to halt the flow of advanced weaponry to terror groups camped on its borders. Since the start of the bloody civil war in the country, Israel has been credited with a number of airstrikes on military convoys and storage depots, one as recent as December. Israel has routinely declined to confirm the reports.

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  • De Prince

    Kudos to the Lord’s Army!

  • Gerald Cohen

    thank all IDF soldiers for their heroic action.To bad O,bama does not have the gumption to fight terrorism in the world.Is this because of his Muslim father??

  • Reform School

    ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’ won’t ever fly in Islamic nations. If you were ‘educated’ to believe all people are the same, and cannot think critically enough to learn by experience that all people are NOT the same (some love death more than life, for one example) you are nearly as dangerous as them.

  • Chris Rettenmoser

    Syrias nuke plant must be the next target !

  • Thank g.d our intelligence is on the ball, and way ahead of Herzbulla and the Iranians.

  • Helena

    The best thing to do but it should be followed ,immediately, by an explanation as to why this happened, to the world. Make sure Nasrallah’s speech is included, most people will not have heard it or read it (in the west).

  • Anitra King Lehman

    Israel’s answer to terrorists – stand up and destroy them.
    Ken Yirbu



  • citizenstat

    Well, gang, we don’t know who carried out the air strikes, do we? But whoever they are, they certainly have great intelligence about who’s doing what and where in Syria. More power to them and keep up the good work!

  • dante

    say, where is the u.n. sec’y gen’l? Israel is threatened with invasion by hizb; against a security council resolution, southern lebanon has been re-militarized. what is the sec’y gen’l doing about that? or does ban ki moon only move into action when he can work against Israel?

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    Israel can show the west and the US how to have a pair of cujones and use them. As for the Moslems – bring on the virgins!!!


  • Irwin Graulich

    Congrats to the IDF!!! We wish you many more successes.

  • Sofia Bain

    Seems Obama is protecting Iran, this is what he won the Nobel Peace Price for? Still don’t understand why he got it in the first place.

    It’s not if, its when will Iran get nuclear capabilities of destroying the world, if they don’t already have it.

    Thank you Mr President Obama.

  • Sofia Bain

    The Poor martyrs now have to content themselves with 73 virgins, how sad!

    There is no end to these savages that have nothing else to offer this world, except to kill the tiny State of Israel.

    I pray for the safety of the Israeli People, who day in and day out have to worry about attacks. Nevertheless, they still produce miracles in medicine and other extra ordinary inventions for the world. How can the world even think of condemning Israel, only trying to protect themselves from this evil.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Kol Ha Kavode to the IDF.

    Iran will still get the bomb because of the incompetence of Obama.

    Israel must strike first and destroy the leadership of Iran not the nuclear facilities.

    • Urquell

      To America’s and Israel’s everlasting shame, you trusted Obama. Millions will die because of that trust.

    • “…because of the incompetence of Obama”- I quote, and add: and support of Russia

    • Alison Weston

      Absolutely, nip it in the bud

    • Reform School

      Why not both? Since 1979 Iran’s mullahs ‘educated’ Persians to hate Infidels (non-Muslims) and loathe Jews. That was 35 years ago. Allowing for kids to reach the age of 5 before madrassa school means that every person under 40 has been brainwashed by them. President Obama knows Light Water reactors cannot make electric power [only political power fron building nuclear missiles]. Barack Hussein Obama was elected President of the United States because Americans have grown stupid, not Obama. Where did all his money to pay for campaigns come from? He is THEIR guy. Stupid American Liberals who believe a Black president who does drugs is a ‘cool idea’ will never learn Islam enslaved the world centuries before the soldiers they were taught to hate died, securing the freedoms they take for granted.

  • charlie johnson

    So.The surviving members of the convoy turned around and went back home and beat their wives?

    • Michael Garfinkel

      Yes, and revisited their goats.

  • Art Konmat

    Israel should NEVER acknowledge ANY military operations. Hamas & Hezbollal know full well, who carried out the attack BUT they cannot be sure where the hammer will strike again

    • Ha !
      Finaly sage advice ! Attack quietly, will the world vilify what we as Jews do to preserve Israel
      Yes !
      Applaud our endeavors, I think not.
      So from the shadows Israeli Golems strike !
      Shalom, Art !

      • charlie johnson

        The fearless leaders crawled out from under a rock and stumbled into the sting of a Cobra.This was not supposed to be.Only the fools should be selected for the thirteen virgins mode.I am calling UN !