Israeli Jets Bomb Damascus Military Airport; Syria Vows It Will Respond To "Flagrant Attack"

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Just as the Syrian proxy war showed some hopeful signs of finally dying down, the Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a "flagrant" attack. Syrian state TV quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airport, a major facility for elite Republican Guards and special forces. The airport was rocked by multiple explosions, some of which were captured by social media.

"Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack and stresses its continued fight against (this) terrorism and amputate the arms of the perpetrators," the army command said in a statement.

The statement did not disclose if there were any casualties, but said the rockets caused a fire. Earlier, state television said several major explosions hit Mezzeh military airport compound near Damascus and ambulances were rushed to the area, without giving details.

The airport southwest of the capital is a major strategic air base used mainly by Syrian elite Republican Guards and had been a base used to fire rockets at former rebel-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus. State television did not give any further details.

Footage from the scene with heavy fire and the sounds of explosions has surfaced on social media. Multiple reports from journalists and activists on the ground described the bombing, with the opposition also reporting there were rockets fired.

“Rockets strike at Mezzeh Military airport in Damascus minutes ago,” tweeted Hadi al-Bahra, former president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.

In the past, Israel has targeted positions of Lebanon's Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iranian-backed group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army. According to Israeli breaking, the airport was bombed because it was a "suspected holding ammunition depots for Hezbollah. "

Israeli defence officials have voiced concern that Hizbollah's experience in the Syrian civil war, where it has played a significant role and recently helped the Syrian army regain the eastern sector of the city of Aleppo, has strengthened it.

Rebels operating in the area have said Hizbollah's major arms supply route into Damascus from the Lebanese border has been targeted on several occasions in recent years by air strikes. This has included strikes on convoys of weapons and warehouses.

This is the second time in two months the Israeli Defense Forces have being accused by Syria of targeting Syrian positions from Israeli territory.  On December 7, SANA reported that “several surface-to-surface missiles” were launched by the IDF from the Golan Heights. At the time, the source in the Syrian armed forces slammed the attack as a “desperate attempt” by Israel to endorse terrorists.   

Rebels operating in the area have said Hezbollah's major arms supply route into Damascus from the Lebanese border has been targeted on several occasions in recent years by air strikes. This has included strikes on convoys of weapons and warehouses. Damascus airport was also hit by air strikes in 2013. Tel Aviv neither confirms nor denies involvement in striking targets inside Syria. Damascus has also been tightlipped about previous strikes.

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Yukon Cornholius's picture

I was just thinking things have been too quiet in Syria lately. War drums just got louder.

peddling-fiction's picture

It looks like the 13 +1 may be a Tora Tora moment.

The Juggernaut's picture

USA best stand down.  Let the instigator get what’s coming to them.

Motasaurus's picture

Assad, I know you read this so listen up and listen good. You want peace in your country? You want to stop the bloodshed? You know what you have to do. Tel Aviv is just over the border so load up every operational jet you have with as many bombs as they can carry. Restock your artillery and aim it all and those filthy zionist fucks and let loose the dogs of war.

The Zionists are desperate to bring about the prophecy of the utter destruction of Damascus. If that glorious, ancient city is going to burn (and believe me, they will make sure it does), then get in first and make it as though that centre of Satanic worship that is the Israeli capital is reduced to a state that will make it impossible to tell that it was ever there. 

pathosattrition's picture

Dear Putin,

Please nuke D.C. and Tel Aviv immediately in the interest of of world peace.

It's that or WWIII

----_-'s picture

"ehh but muh donladn trmump"




philipat's picture

So when will Russia switch on the S300/S400 Air defence systems?

Might give the Israeli jets a nice little surprise next time around....

BullyDog's picture

Anyone else disappointed that s400's didn't shoot those mofo's out of the sky.


What's the point in having them if they don't do what they supposed to do.

Ms. Erable's picture

Fucking kikes aren't getting their way, so they're going for the old let's you and him fight bullshit ploy again.

ThaBigPerm's picture

A military air base has Google reviews?  And only 2.9 out of 5 with 77 reviews?

Manthong's picture


"suspected holding ammunition depots for Hezbollah. "


Like “assume”… which makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me”?

 Looks like Israel wants to see S-300 and S-400’s scattered all about Syria now.


SMG's picture

This is Satanic Globalists trying to cause more misery for all of us.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) SMG Jan 12, 2017 10:04 PM

Meanwhile, continued build up of U.S. troops in Poland and across Eastern Europe, right on Russia's Doorstep

Someone there in Washington and Brussels (NATO headquarters) are dying for a showdown with Russia.

And Israel is not playing smart just before the UN Paris meeting that will divide their shit country

froze25's picture

Makes sense that the Neo-Cons have been hammering the Bull shitEvil Russians card at every Trump Cabinet Pick.

Pinto Currency's picture

Israel's hope for survival is if everyone is pounding each other into a pulp.

Do everything they can for an international crisis between Russia and US before Donald gets to the innauguration. They know well what happens after.

Putin won't bite. Time's up.

tmosley's picture

Live near kikes?

Die in air strikes.

The Jews are whistling past the graveyard. How long until some "terrorist" group gets a hold of a massive number of ultra-cheap mosquito sized drones armed with cyanide injectors and Israel is completely depopulated? Five years? Ten? Might do well to stop stirring up unending hatred.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) tmosley Jan 12, 2017 10:51 PM

It isn't listed on Google news, so it didn't happen.  Fake news.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) peddling-fiction Jan 13, 2017 12:59 AM

Google News is too busy trying to turn Joe Biden into a person for 2020 to report on this incredibly dangerous situation.  Go look now.  This is what the whole Israel vote abstention was about. It was a nothing but a show to muddle the motives.  They stab Syria right in the face and our media practically ignores it.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Didn't Russia have their S-400 missile system close by? Why didn't they use it?

EuroPox's picture

I'm guessing a few reasons.  S300 and S400 are really for shooting down bigger and more dangerous stuff.  If they shot down every rocket that headed their way, they would soon be out of S300s and S400s.  In any case Putin/Assad are cool enough about this; it was an attack against Hezbollah.  Israel did the same thing to the same airport back in early December, nothing happened then and probably won't now.

Milicacat's picture

I think the problem for S400 crew is that Syrian airfield is to close to the Israely border, and they have to be cautious because Russia is not in war with Israel. If attack was short enough they had time to escape before russian crew had permition to engage. In another possible attack maybe Russians will shot at once. I think that Putin does not want things to escalate and Russians have restreining rules of engagement. But, I am sure that things will change because He can not permit that Israelys do what ever they want and make Russians look weak. I am sorry on my bad english I am not a native speaker.

Muh Raf's picture

Wrong, I've been there and as far south as Suwayda. Depending on where the kit is deployed (and it's 'advertised' as Damascus) the airfield is in a perfect location for clear and unambiguous target identification, acquisistion and take down. This failure of self-defence is either an act of Syrian cowardice or Putin's version of 'pragmatism'.

Overfed's picture

Also, the Israeli jets didn't cross over into Syrian airspace. They could have targeted the rockets, but not the planes. Sneaky fuckers.

Milicacat's picture

Double post, I do not know why.

beemasters's picture

Evil, evil Israel.
They have lost patience waiting to sacrifice American kids to Syrian war, so they have to do it themselves. When Syria strikes back, then they will cry to uncle Trump, "We are terrorist victims. You must send your kids to fight for us!!"

It's a trick. Syria should refrain from striking back, but ask Russia's help to improve their defense system instead....or China!

zorba THE GREEK's picture

The Zionist jews are the new Nazis, they must be stopped at any cost. Like parisites, they are imbedded in the USA and will not be satisfied until they control the entire middle east. after that the world is their target. Christians must bow to their new master, or fucken wake up and send these bastards back to Hell where they came from, or just keep playing your video games and let the cards fall where they may. 

The Management's picture

Pretty smart by Israel. Timing is perfect and cruise missiles dont risk pilots. When has Israel cared much about optics? If Russia ever decided to take offense at Israel all bets are off and i will likely grow wings and head south for the "winter"

HowdyDoody's picture

I bet they triple checked there were no Russian advisors anywhere near the buidings they destroyed (with zero casualties).


Escrava Isaura's picture

"It is a general rule of human nature that people despise those who treat them well, and look up to those who make no concessions.” Thucydides, 400BC


So It Goes's picture

Thank you for pointing out the consistency of human folly.  Same old, same old from 2,400 years ago.

kommissar's picture

like chaos/mad dog says: there is nothing new under the sun.  great comment, and thank you. i've learned something new.

Escrava Isaura's picture


There are two forms of knowledge: Folk Science and Science.

Folk science is where you and I follow, whatever society and its time we find ourselves in, their set of rules, meaning, if we were living in ancient Greece we would believe in Zeus and that he move the sun around the poles, or something like that.

Of course, if you really want to find out how the world works you will have to disregard Folk-Science totally, because it’s riddle with nonsense and biases.

Can you do that?

Because most here, but not only here, can’t.


La morte sorride a tutti's picture

It's called mythology for a reason lady. Don't offend the poor greeks and their zeus.

retired dude's picture

 With regard to all things military, pretty much everything comes down to Thucydides or Clausewitz or both.

mary mary's picture

Many people mistake generosity for weakness.

OfAllElaboratePlans's picture
OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) xythras Jan 13, 2017 5:19 AM

"This is Satanic Globalists trying to cause more misery for all of us." (SMG)


Here's what I read:


"Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus"

So I guess the 'Satanic Globalists' must have commandeered those Israel jets and flown them on the bombing rain. (Whew! what a relief, at least there were no jews involved)

Blankone's picture

They are already in place.  The S300 at Damascus and S400 is said to be in position to cover Damascus.  The S300 is not what it has been claimed to be and Russia is not willing to use the S400. 

As far as Assad's threats.  He can not even hold the water supply to Damascus.  All of Trump's pro Israel talk has made Israel even bolder.  Putin got the message and has moved his aircraft carrier away from Syria and has been moving ground based planes out of Syria as well.

Two days ago the US bombed another Syrian town using a B52 killing citizens.  No S400's no nothing.  Putin looks to be cutting and running.

weburke's picture

assad cares about alawites, period. His clan/tribe, they are not muslim.

not dead yet's picture

Before and during the war the majority of those fighting for Assad are SUNNI. Alawites make up about 10% of the Syrian population and if it was only them fighting against everyone else Assad would have been done years ago. According to reporters on the ground Sunni, Shia, Alawites, and Christians are living together in peace in government controlled areas. Most of those so called rebels are foreign jihadists most of which are NOT in Syria for religious reasons. Most of the crap about the Sunni Shia divide is bunk to cover the asses of the westerners waging war in the ME to blame the locals for US and friends evil machinations. That does mean not there isn't some friction between the sects but most of that is from those causing trouble to gain power and economic advantage. Just as the crap in Northern Ireland isn't about religion but the majority protestants backed by the UK economically crapping on the catholics supported by Ireland.

walküre's picture

100% correct

Mr and Mrs Assad are the best chance to have peace in that region

Naturally the Star of David doesn't agree with peace


peterk's picture

Putin is not cutting and running, hes just waiting for trump to move in and see what happens... so he will take a  little on the chin.


THe only way to  KILL THE USA is to DESTROY THE BOND BUBBLE. WHen that avalanch occurrs, $US will tank and US

emperialism will end.

PUTIN must  kill the US debt bubble and $US dollar to win.

He need not one single bullet.

Any easy way,  is to  conterfeit US currency on a  never before seen scale, but then you must

deal with the digital  US dolar and the only way to do that is to  burst the  bond market.

new game's picture

formidable task. think about it...

walküre's picture

Putin knows exactly how many nukes are pointed at Moscow. Which is why he can't do anything too obvious to bring down US hegemony and US imperialism. US accusing Putin of faking news and influencing elections based on no evidence at all. Fabricated lies for the history books because US still dreams about winning the next war and writing history again. Trump or not, the war seems to be inevitable and I pray the US gets kicked in the teeth this time. US needs to concede they've lost wars in order to come back to the table with more humility.

Humility is a foreign word in US politics as well as US business. That's why the world hates the US.