Israeli Jets Bomb Syrian Military Site

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In what was the first clear instance of aggression by Israel toward Syria, overnight Israeli jets conducted a bombing run over a military site in Syria, targeting what according to Israel was a military convoy heading to Lebanon. As Al Arabiya reports: "Israeli jets bombed a convoy on Syria's border with Lebanon on Wednesday, sources told Reuters, apparently targeting weapons destined for Hezbollah in what some called a warning to Damascus not to arm Israel's Lebanese enemy. "The target was a truck loaded with weapons, heading from Syria to Lebanon," said one Western diplomat, adding that the consignment may well have included anti-aircraft missiles. The overnight attack, which several sources placed on the Syrian side of the border, followed warnings from Israel that it was ready to act to prevent the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad leading to Syria's chemical weapons and modern rockets reaching either his Hezbollah allies or his Islamist enemies."

More on the target and location of the attack:

A source among the Syrian rebels said an air strike around dawn (0430 GMT) blasted a convoy on a mountain track about 5 kilometres (3 miles) south of where the main Damascus-Beirut highway crosses the border. Its load probably included high-tech anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, but not chemical weapons.


"It attacked trucks carrying sophisticated weapons from the regime to Hezbollah," the source said, adding that it took place inside Syria, though the border is poorly defined in the area.


A regional security source said the target was weaponry given by Assad's military to fellow Iranian ally Hezbollah:


"This episode boils down to a warning by Israel to Syria and Hezbollah not to engage in the transfer of sensitive weapons," the source said. "Assad knows his survival depends on his military capabilities and he would not want those capabilities neutralised by Israel - so the message is this kind of transfer is simply not worth it, neither for him nor Hezbollah."


With official secrecy shrouding the event, few details were corroborated by multiple sources. All those with knowledge of the event - from several countries - spoke anonymously.


There was no comment from the Israeli or Syrian governments nor Hezbollah. Israel's ally the United States declined all comment. A Lebanese security source said its territory was not hit, though the army reported a heavy presence of Israeli jets through the night after days of unusually frequent incursions.

Iran has previously warned that any attack on Syria is the same as an attack on Iran. For now, however, Iran has not issued a statement:

There was no immediate comment on the incident from Tehran, which Israel views as its principal enemy and with which it is engaged in a bitter confrontation over Iran's nuclear programme.

Perhaps what is more interesting is how Russia and/or China which have made clear that Syria is a strategic geopolitical center for bnoth in the past will react, if at all.

Keep an eye on Brent as the middle east may be finally coming out of hibernation.

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Thu, 01/31/2013 - 01:40 | 3201616 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Anyone deleting a US arms convoy headed to Israel has done the whole of humanity a favor, not just the Middle East.

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 03:09 | 3201712 Ar-Pharazôn
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didi you ever read the bible?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:15 | 3199995 Dr.Awkward
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About fucking time

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 20:26 | 3200842 Andy Lewis
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Fuckin' A.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:15 | 3199999 Banksters
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Pre emptive war is the cliff to hell.    



Wed, 01/30/2013 - 18:09 | 3200433 Anusocracy
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The first recourse of a savage mind.


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:23 | 3200029 rubearish10
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WTF begins?? How many times was Israel about to disarm Iran nukes?? Two years ago before Christmas, last April/May and last year before Christmas? So, this means something? Just news recycling, don't you people get it? Enough!

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:34 | 3200084 Ying-Yang
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WTF.. deals were made with Obama to postpone pre-emption.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:00 | 3200224 FMR Bankster
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All the attention to will they/won't they bomb Iran nicely takes attention away from the very systematic destruction of Irans nuke program that's been going on the last several years. Scientists assasinated, computer virus attacks, and a steady stream of "unexplained " explosions at critical locations. This is all much more effective and much less public than all this will they/won't they stuff.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:32 | 3200329 DaveyJones
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so true, there is no more war (and no more congressional or constitutional involvement). There is only a "War on Terror." Although it carries the word within it's title, it follows none of the rules, never ends, has no boundaries, no age limit, and as each day goes on, is an ever more blatant, desperate but ultimately ineffective grab for resource - mostly oil. 

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 19:33 | 3200715 lakecity55
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Congress. Like the Constitution, a worthless and puny foe for the Imam.

"Yes, minion?"

"The War Games in our cities are going great! Next, we'll use live ammo!"

"Excellent. Forward!"

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:27 | 3200056 kito
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nothing "begins" because the iranians are pussies....plain and simple........

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:41 | 3200124 otto skorzeny
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why should the Iranians "begin" anything? maybe they are biding their time until the US collapses and Israel follows-because the US is the ONLY country in the world that would leap to Israel's defense

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:51 | 3200179 trav777
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the iranians are rightfully scared to death of the israelis, who have succeeded in convincing everyone that they are both nuclear armed, and batsh!t crazy...

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:55 | 3200201 otto skorzeny
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if the Iranians had a steady stream of american joobux and the latest war tech like Hebeland I'm sure it would be the other way around. but keep working and paying taxes and i'm sure AIPAC will appreciate it

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:36 | 3200339 kito
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they have a steady stream of oil otto, in my book thats much more valuable....yet the best they can muster is lip smacking...................time for the iranians to walk the talk.....same goes for the russians...they just sit back as they get emasculated by the u.s. in syria.........unbelievable.....all this talk about u.s. foreign power eroding....i dont see it at mali and beyonnnnnnndddd....!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....................

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 18:36 | 3200527 DaveyJones
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you don't think it's an effective strategy to let us kill ouselves with debt, the cost of waging war on multiple fronts, and the price of exponential enemies? I seems to be working.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 19:55 | 3200774 kito
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i dont follow your digression.....where did i state that? 

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 20:27 | 3200845 Andy Lewis
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Go brush yer teeth.  Yer stinking up the whole Web.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:59 | 3200222 kito
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yes, so they should keep their mouths shut and stop talking trash, because now that syria has been hit, as per their tough talk, they should be backing up their words......nothing worse than shit talkers who dont back up their mouths.............

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:55 | 3200383 Eally Ucked
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They said 2 days ago that any attack against Syria would be an attack against them. Maybe it's the reason why Israel is provoking them and trying to draw US to it.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 19:28 | 3200708 lakecity55
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Think how bad the Persians are getting it over sanctions. Seems like a good revenge for them would indeed be to follow Ruso-Sinese efforts to build a gold-backed ducat. DC falls, they have a great revenge w/o firing a shot. Good post, Otto.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:45 | 3200149 Panafrican Funk...
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Pretty sure the Iranians are going to sit tight and play D while they work with Russia and China on the new global currency regime.  "Israel"/Zionists are the ones with absolutely everything to lose if they continue to let the clock run with out doing "something".  

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:33 | 3200080 Never One Roach
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“'Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn and Hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world.”

                                         -William Shakespeare

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 18:15 | 3200452 Anusocracy
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Hell is a euphemism for Washington, DC?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 23:13 | 3201243 mkhs
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No.  If you were to give Hell an enema, Washington, D.C. is where you would insert it.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:22 | 3200304 debtor of last ...
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It never ended.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 19:22 | 3200682 bobthehorse
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Endless warfare.

The powers-that-be are fed with blood.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:09 | 3199960 Ineverslice
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Too many children are dying...

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:10 | 3199961 AlaricBalth
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I guess that negative GDP print was just the catalyst needed to urge the Israelis to escalate. 

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:14 | 3199985 otto skorzeny
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Bank of Israel lost alot on AAPL

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 18:16 | 3200460 Anusocracy
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AAPL peels are better for you than AAPLs.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:15 | 3199988 ParkAveFlasher
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All that APPL going crapple, the CB's in a knot, gotta go annex some territory!

EDIT: Otto beat me by a nose.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:27 | 3200047 disabledvet
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It'smthe next print they're worried about...the one for the CURRENT quarter. But sure...Fisher is out, conflict is in. They'll start inflating in order to pay for the war.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 18:20 | 3200470 Matt
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Israel doesn't need to inflate to buy stuff, they have all the equipment and skills to print anyone else's currency they want, and spend that instead.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 18:56 | 3200584 object_orient
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State-sponsored counterfeiting? Have a link?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:52 | 3200189 Panafrican Funk...
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I found it notable that the MSM referenced a "serious drop in defense spending" as the reason.  False flag incoming, bitchez.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:10 | 3199964 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Black swan?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:53 | 3200172 rhinoblitzing
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That's Racist ! "Black Swan" and why are the black candles bad and the white ones good...?

And the Juice... It's always the Juice fault...

Either the Oranage is too sweet with AAPL Juice mixed in it, or the Grapefruite Juice... they sometimes are sour... and the Prune Juice... the Prune Juices - they are the worst....!

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:10 | 3199967 Seasmoke
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such a small shithole, to be causing most of the worlds problems

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:10 | 3200262 DaveyJones
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leave it to a big shithole like us

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:12 | 3199970 Overfed
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My bullshit o meter is going off.

On the upside, at least the MIC can sell moar weapons in the MENA. Otta make Krugman happy.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:12 | 3199976 walküre
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Egypt's Mursi was in Berlin today in talks with Merkel about "debt relief". That's the official story.

The Kraut said "no relief for you!"

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:16 | 3199983 magpie
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Egypt is not Greece - so no need to help. Egypt is in Turkey's and Qatar's sphere of influence, the EU's starts somewhere in the middle of Libya.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:31 | 3200072 DoChenRollingBearing
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Egypt is so big and in so much of a mess that NO ONE can help them.  Not Turkey, not Qatar (!) and not the EU.  Not even the USA.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:42 | 3200126 TPTB_r_TBTF
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The Egyptians will be fine as long as they stay clear of our Suez Canal.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:58 | 3200220 Aurora Ex Machina
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Rare to spot that kind of sense in a one-liner.



Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:12 | 3200267 BattlegroundEur...
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not even "hand relief"?

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 16:14 | 3199980 otto skorzeny
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Syrian rebels=Al Qaeda=CIA=Mossad=International Jewry

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 19:20 | 3200675 lakecity55
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"Syrian rebels=Al Qaeda=CIA=Mossad=International Jewry= Lucerferians.

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