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Israel Airstrike Targeted Advanced Missiles That Russia Sold to Syria,

WASHINGTON — Israel carried out an air attack in Syria this month that targeted advanced antiship cruise missiles sold to the Syria government by Russia, American officials said Saturday.

The officials, who declined to be identified because they were discussing intelligence reports, said the attack occurred July 5 near Latakia, Syria’s principal port city. The target was a type of missile called the Yakhont, they said.

Mark Regev, a spokesman for the Israeli prime minister, declined to comment on the strike, as did George Little, the Pentagon spokesman.

The Russian-made weapon has been a particular worry for the Pentagon because it expanded Syria’s ability to threaten Western ships that could be used to transport supplies to the Syrian opposition, enforce a shipping embargo or support a possible no-flight zone.

The missile also represented a threat to Israel’s naval forces and raised concerns that it might be provided to Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia that has joined the war on the side of the Syrian government.

The attack against the missiles came to light after Syrian rebels said that they were not responsible for large explosions at Latakia on July 5, and that a missile warehouse had been hit. American officials did not provide details on the extent of the damage or the number of missiles struck.

Israeli officials have said they would not take sides in the civil war in Syria, but they have made it clear that Israel is prepared to carry out airstrikes to prevent sophisticated weapons from being diverted to Hezbollah.

The strike near Latakia, first reported by CNN, was the fourth known Israeli air attack against targets in Syria this year.

Israel has a longstanding policy of silence on pre-emptive military strikes. In October, Israeli officials declined to discuss reports that Israeli airstrikes had destroyed a weapons factory in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital. Israel has also never acknowledged bombing a nuclear reactor in 2007 that was under construction in Syria.

While the Obama administration has been cautious about getting involved militarily in the Syria crisis, the Israeli attack this month underscored how the conflict has continued to draw in outside powers. Iran has been ferrying weapons to Damascus on flights that pass through Iraq’s airspace and has sent members of its paramilitary Quds Force to help the Assad government.

Thousands of Hezbollah fighters have gone to Syria to fight alongside Syrian government forces, as have Iraqi Shiite fighters, with the strong encouragement of Iran. Russia has continued to supply arms to the Syrian government.

On the other side of the conflict, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have provided weapons to the rebels. The United States has provided “nonlethal” military aid, including food and medical kits, and pledged to expand support to the armed wing of the opposition.

In late January, Israel carried out an airstrike against a weapons convoy that carried Russian-made SA-17 surface-to-air missiles, which Israeli officials believed were to be provided to Hezbollah.

In May, Israeli warplanes conducted two days of airstrikes. Among the targets was a shipment from Iran of Fateh-110 missiles, surface-to-surface missiles able to strike Tel Aviv from southern Lebanon. American officials say the Israelis carried out their airstrikes by launching air-to-ground weapons from planes outside of Syrian airspace.

The Russian decision to deliver the Yakhont missile prompted objections from the Pentagon. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned in May that it would “embolden the regime.”

For Israel, it represented a serious danger as well. In July 2006, an antiship missile fired by Hezbollah seriously damaged an Israeli ship off the coast of Lebanon.

The Yakhont system is far more sophisticated than the one used in the July 2006 attack, and in recent months there has been speculation that the Yakhont cache in Syria would be Israel’s next target.

During a visit to an army base last week, Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, restated Israel’s approach to the Syrian conflict: that it would not get involved except to stop weapons transfers. “We have established red lines when it comes to our own interests, and we are sticking to them,” he said.
these guys are reckless. actions such as this can provoke WW3.

Iran hasn't attacked another country since 1798.. yet somehow they are a threat.

this pre-emptive strike bullshit has to stop.

that is like beating the shit out of the guy next to you because he has fists that could potentially punch you.
If Israel doesn't start to exercise more caution this war could spill into their lap.
Also, as was pointed out in the London Review of Books article that I linked in the Syria thread, the old, false lines of Sykes-Picot are finally showing signs of disappearing in the chaos of the western military initiatives.
Quote:because it expanded Syria’s ability to threaten Western ships that could be used to transport supplies to the Syrian opposition

Once upon a time, the CIA had to orchestrate these revolutions, and they had to keep it top secret. One sovereign nation overthrowing the government of another sovereign nation and installing it's own hand-picked despot was highly frowned upon by the international community once, but now it's all out in the open and no one bats an eyelid.
Excellent point Redneck. The world empire is not only openly accepted today, the domestic media has been reduced to the role of cheerleader and the man on the street seems quite gung ho about the whole enterprise; provided his kids aren't sent abroad to do the killing.
It seems as if the average person cheers along because its the done thing, and its socially correct. If you dont cheer along you are seen as weird, and suspicious. This is the main reason that most people bury their head in the sand and ignore this stuff, they know it will just make them unpopular, and they don't want to be seen as "that guy" at a social gathering.
^Well, that, and the fact that America is no longer a democracy.


"Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter … in the wake of the NSA spying scandal criticized the American political system. “America has no functioning democracy,” Carter said Tuesday at a meeting of the “Atlantic Bridge” in Atlanta."

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If I am to live under authortarian rule, I would like to know who is calling the shots at the top.
Israel keepin it rael, rael dumb.
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