Israel has officially admitted striking targets inside Syria on Thursday. For the first time since the conflict began, the State of Israel has targeted Syria with air strikes. The attack came just as the Syrian government declared a major victory against ISIS.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in a radio interview, reportedly said of the attack, "We will do everything to prevent the existence of a Shiite corridor from Iran to Damascus," adding [Israel isn't], "looking for adventures, and we don't want to be dragged into this fight or another." Furthermore, Lieberman said, "We are determined to prevent our enemies from harming or even creating the possibility of harming the security of Israeli citizens."
According to ABC News, "Thursday's air raid was seen as a message to both Russia and Iran that Israel can strike anywhere in Syria. It was also a rare instance of Israel striking a Syrian government facility rather than an arms shipment and harked back to an Israeli airstrike that destroyed a suspected, partially constructed nuclear reactor in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour exactly 10 years ago."
While TFTP reported the April gas attack likely never took place or was staged, a fraud perpetrated by insurgents, the Israelis presumably used the UN report as an impetus for attacking the sovereign state of Syria with guided missiles fired from Lebanese airspace. According to ABC News:
The airstrike targeted a facility near the town of Masyaf, in Hama province, described by some as a missile producing factory.
The factory was reportedly being used by Hezbollah to create surface to surface missiles, presumably the same type used to reign terror into Israel in 2006. "Yaakov Amidror, Israel's former national security adviser and a former general, said the strike targeted a weapons development and manufacturing site that was producing arms for Hezbollah," wrote ABC News adding, "Former Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin wrote on Twitter that the facility produces precision missiles, chemical weapons and barrel bombs."
Syria disputes those assertions and called on the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel's attack on Syria. They claim it wasn't Hezbollah who was killed but two of their own soldiers. "At 02:42 a.m. on Thursday September, 7th, 2017 , the Israeli warplanes targeted one of the Syrian military positions near Misyaf in Hama province with several missiles, killing two army personnel and causing material damage to the site,” according to a letter addressed to the UN Secretary General written by Syria's Foreign and Expatriates Ministry.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Israel is supporting the insurgents with both munitions and air support:
The Ministry added that the new Israeli attack aims at raising the morale of its agents represented by the terrorist groups which are carrying out its aggressive agenda
The state-run news agency also claims the air missile attacks were carried out:
in response to the great achievements made by the Syrian Arab army and its allies in their war against terrorism, the last of which is breaking the 3-year ISIS siege of Deir Ezzor city.
SANA also claims it isn't the first time Israel has attacked them and blames the UN and Israel's allies of supporting global terrorism:
The repeated Israeli attacks have become systematic behavior with the aim of protecting Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorists, said the ministry, noting that it is unacceptable that the UNSC has not taken decisive measures to put an end to such flagrant attacks. It concluded that any attack against the Syrian Arab army forms a direct support to terrorism, taking into account that the Syrian Arab army is fighting terrorism on behalf of the entire world. The Ministry called upon the UNSC and countries which have an influence on the Israeli entity to immediately condemn those attacks and halt them in order to defend security and stability and protect the lives of people all around the world.
Ironically, a Geo-political analyst who goes by the name
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Hezbollah, one of Israel's mortal enemies, has been fighting with the Assad regime to drive back the Islamic State and opposition fighters who had taken control of large swaths of the country in its 7-year war with extremists. Those extremists are considered terrorists by Assad and his government, yet counted as freedom fighters by the U.S. government who supports them.
We know the U.S. government supports terrorists because two of the nation's congressmen attempted to halt the government's military agenda in Syria by introducing legislation which could have put a stop to funding of financial and material support to extremist groups. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Rand Paul (R-KY) both introduced legislation to Congress in March called the "Stop Arming Terrorists Act," a measure which quickly aroused the suspicions of those who've maintained all along the U.S. was fighting a proxy war using terrorists against Assad.
Thursday's attack on Syria came amid Israel's largest military drill in twenty years, according to Al Jazeera. The 10-day drill which started earlier in the week is being held along Lebanon's border, the same area where the 2006 Hezbollah war took place. The attack on Syria and the massive military exercises along Lebanon's border has led many to question if there will be an all out war between Hezbollah and Israel. Kassem Kassir, a Lebanon-based journalist with close ties to Hezbollah, told Al Jazeera:
Based on the information that we have, I think it is improbable that a war would break out, even though there have been several limited attacks by both parties. However, Israel could surprise us with war in the moment we least expect it.
Putting it all into perspective, Assad is working with the Russians, Iranians, and Hezbollah (Lebanese-based fighters) to secure and restore his once prosperous country to manageable levels of peace, security and stability. They're all fighting Islamic State, and other U.S. backed opposition groups identified by the United States as "moderate rebels." The Syrian government appears to now be winning the war and turning the tide against the Islamic State. Just this week, government forces broke through the the 3-year-long siege of Deir Ezzor, a major city in Syria's Eastern province.
The besieged Brigade 137 airbase was liberated, along with its soldiers, and reunited with fellow comrades who brought 1,000 tons of food, medicine, and educational materials with them for the 70,000 residents who were being held hostage by ISIS. According to the Independent, ISIS is so desperate to replace their human losses they're calling on women to step up and become front-line fighters.
As TFTP reported, the whole Syrian war may once again be a war fought over natural resources. The proposed natural gas pipeline from Qatar to Turkey was reportedly rejected by Assad who prefered to support Russia's financial interests of providing natural gas to Europe, over its own interests in allowing the pipeline to cross its territory.