"The lurking suspicion, at least in the regime and Tehran’s minds, is that Turkey may be playing a double game to buy time to convince the United States to resume support for the rebels so as to crank up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down."
The Syrian civil war is slowly turning into a regional conflict which has the potential to become a world war and Israel is heavily involved in it.
United States are now working together to contain the growing Iranian threat and to prevent further Iranian entrenchment in Syria.
This was the result of consultations between Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and President Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton who paid a three-day-visit to Israel late August.
The Iranians increasingly have become the dominant actor in Syria and controls a large stretch of the Syrian Iraqi border as well as the Syrian Lebanon border.
At the same time, Iran has turned the Syrian army into another proxy force, is building new bases and missile facilities in the country, and now also provides ballistic missiles to its Iraqi proxy force the Hash al-Shaabi umbrella organization of predominantly Shiite militias.
In addition, Iran is supplying large quantities of weapons to its Lebanese ally Hezbollah and has been caught using civilian airplanes to do so.
The missiles delivered to Hashd al-Shaabi, if deployed in western Iraq, are able to hit Tel Aviv and this was the reason Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman as well as the IDF Northern Front commander issued stark warnings to Iran on Monday.
“We are certainly monitoring everything that is happening in Syria and, regarding Iranian threats, we are not limiting ourselves just to Syrian territory. This also needs to be clear,” Liberman said during a national security conference in Israel.
Asked if this includes possible military action against Iran’s proxies in Iraq, Liberman answered: “I am saying that we will contend with any Iranian threat, and it doesn’t matter from where it comes … Israel’s freedom is total. We retain this freedom of action.”
A spokesman for the US-led coalition in Iraq later confirmed that Israel has already carried out airstrikes against the Iraqi militia Kata’ib Hezbollah which is also operating in Syria
F35 Israeli Fighter Jet (Creative Commons)
The Iraqi militia was struck twice in Syria over the past few months by IAF warplanes and one of the Israeli bombardments took place on the Iraqi Syrian border in the vicinity of the town al-Bukamal killing 52 people among them Iranians.
The Iraqi missile program, which includes the local production of rockets by Hashd al-Shaabi, is overseen by Qassem Soleimani, the shrewd commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.
During the same Israeli national security conference the commander of the IDF Northern Command, Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick, issued a clear threat to Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah.
“(Hezbollah) will feel the force of our arm. I hope there won’t be another war, but if there is, it won’t be another Second Lebanon War, but the final northern war,” Strick told the conference.
The IDF commander stressed that the fighting capabilities of the Israeli army vis a vis Hezbollah have “dramatically improved” since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
“If they (Hezbollah and Iran) knew what we know about them, they wouldn’t be speaking so confidently,” Strick said.
Israel is constantly carrying out reconnaissance missions in Lebanese airspace, Iranian and Lebanese media reported on Tuesday.
IRNA the state-controlled Iranian news agency reported that the “Zionist regime” carried out 134 of those missions in August alone.
Referring to the massive IAF bombardment of Iranian targets in Syria on May 10th the Northern Command chief said that the Iranians, and Qassem Soleimani in particular, had learned a lesson about threatening Israel.
“Qassem Soleimani understood the gap between threats and capabilities. I’m glad that we are keeping him from those capabilities,” Strick claimed.
On Tuesday the IDF released a confidential report about Israel’s overall security situation which revealed that the Israeli army and air force had carried out 200 strikes against Iran-related targets in Syria over the past 18 months.
The revelation about the Israeli involvement in Syria was followed by media reports about new IAF strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.
The Israeli air force bombed an Iranian base near Damascus and on Tuesday evening attacked a missile facility near Masyaf in northwest Syria which resembled the Parchin military base in Iran.
At the same time, Russia and the United States are gearing up for a confrontation over an imminent offensive by the pro-Assad coalition against a 100,000 men-strong force of the Turkey-backed Sunni Islamist rebels in the Idlib Province in northern Syria.
US President Donald Trump warned the Iranians and Russians not to make a “grave mistake” by “recklessly attacking” the last large Islamist rebel hub in Syria and has already ordered his military to prepare for a massive response whenever the pro-Assad coalition launches the long anticipated offensive in Idlib.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights spotted a 150-vehicle strong American convoy which crossed into northeast Syria from Iraq on its way to the Kurdish controlled autonomous region on the east bank of the Euphrates River.
The U.S. is also building up a naval force in the Persian Gulf which could repeat last year’s massive missile attacks on Syrian targets.
The Russians, however, seem not to be overly impressed by Trump’s threats and war preparations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the deployment of a small armada in the Mediterranean Sea opposite the Syrian coastline which started a massive drill on Tuesday.
At the same time, Russian warplanes started to bomb rebel positions in Idlib while Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed Trump’s threats and warned U.S. military action. against Assad’s forces would have “very dangerous, negative potential for the whole situation in Syria.”
Minut yllätti Israelin aktiivisuus Iranin joukkoja kohtaan, 200 iskua 18kk aikana on melkoinen määrä ja niissä kuolleiden määrä varmasti huomattava.
En tiedä voiko puhua avoimesta sodasta Israelin osalta mut aika lähellä ollaan.
Idlibissä yli kolme miljoonaa siviiliä varautuu Syyrian ja Venäjän joukkojen hyökkäykseen.
"Taistelu Idlibistä voi käynnistää liki miljoonan ihmisen uuden pakolaisaallon ja ketjureaktion Eurooppaan johtavilla pakoreiteillä."
"Samalla kun sodan monimutkaiset liittoumat ja vastakkainasettelut hidastavat hyökkäyksen alkua, ne myös vaikeuttavat sopimista katastrofin estämisestä."
"Summittaisilla pommituksilla ajetaan siviiliväestöä pakenemaan ja testataan muun maailman reaktioita tuleviin hyökkäyksiin." Kuten Aleppon ja Ghoutan kohdalla on käynyt. "Kapinallisalueiden antautuessa niille kerääntyneitä siviilejä ja aseistettuja joukkoja on päästetty siirtymään näennäisesti rauhoitetuille alueille, joista Idlib on viimeinen."
"Katseet ovat kääntyneet YK:n yleiskokouksen huippukokousvaiheeseen, joka alkaa ensi viikolla. Jos ratkaisua ei löydy kokouksen kuluessa, suuri verilöyly Idlibissä on todennäköinen."
Tässä vielä lauantaisesta ilmahyökkäyksestä Damascuksen lentoasemalle
Damascus International Airport (Wikimedia CC)
The Syrian state news agency SANA announced Saturday night that Israel had attacked Damascus airport with missiles, activating its air defenses, which intercepted a number of shells.
Syrian media reports further indicate that their Russian-made S-200 air defense systems were destroyed in the missile attack.
According to a Hadashot Channel report, an Iranian Boeing aircraft converted into a cargo plane was loaded with weapons in Tehran and landed at Damascus international airport.
The alleged Israeli attack also reportedly targeted several weapons depots at the airport. According to the report, efforts have been made to conceal the true purpose of the warehouses with roof-painted legends such as “UN” or “DHL,” the international mail company, in an apparent attempt to elude Israeli intelligence.
The Syrian Human Rights Observatory, a London-based nongovernmental organization with an extensive network of activists on the ground, said the target of the attack was a weapons depot near the airport, where a shipment of sophisticated weapons had recently arrived for either the Iranians or Lebanon’s pro-Iranian Shia terrorist group Hezbollah.
The Observatory noted that the Israeli attack caused “substantial” damage to the airport, but did not provide immediate details of casualties.
Israel on Monday released photographs taken by its newest spy satellite of sites located deep inside Syria, including Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s palace, in an apparent threat to the regime.
The publication of the images could be seen as both a show of strength and a tacit threat to Syria, where Israel has routinely conducted air raids against Iranian targets — over 200 of them since 2017, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
EI tuu onnistuun. Kapinallisten pitäisi vetäytyä puskurivyöhykkeeltä(tai ainakin raskas aseistus,eri lähteet vähä erilaisia) joka on 15-20km. Lisäksi tälle alueelle tulisi Turkin ja Venäjän joukot. Vuoden loppuun mennessä Hama-Aleppo tie ja Aleppo-Latakia tie pitäisi avata liikenteelle.