Israel Strikes Damascus After Syrian Missile Defense Fires On Aircraft

For the third time in as many weeks Israel has reportedly bombed positions inside Syria. Syrian state media along with multiple regional outlets showed fires burning at a facility near the Damascus international airport in the early hours of Friday. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that like with previous attacks, Israel jets fired from over Lebanese airspace. But it appears the latest exchange was part of a tit-for-tat exchange of fire between Syria and Israel in a situation that continues to dangerously escalate. 

Multiple reports are circulating that the Israeli attack was initiated after Syria's aerial defense missile system engaged and fired on an Israeli aircraft in the area. Video of what purports to show Syrian missiles firing on the aircraft circulated widely in Syrian social media and was picked up by Lebanese and Israeli news outlets. Early reports indicate that an Israeli drone was likely the target. 

It appears that Israel's attack came in response to Syria's engaging the unidentified aircraft - though it's unclear if the target was hit. This latest incident is unique for the fact that Syria quickly publicized that its missile defense system engaged the Israeli target. 

The Facebook page of a prominent Syrian pro-government militia reported in the early morning hours that, “an area near the Damascus international airport was attacked by a hostile missile." Israeli newspapers are claiming the site to be an ammunition storage depot. 


Early Friday morning images of the aftermath of the Israeli strike circulated in regional media. Image source: Jerusalem Post via Syrian social media. 

The exchange of fire comes after a Tuesday incident wherein the Israel Defense Forces shot down what it identified as an Iranian-made drone which departed from Damascus and subsequently entered the demilitarized zone along the border on the Golan Heights. Israel's aerial defense command fired a Patriot missile and destroyed the drone. 

Meanwhile, Israeli jets have been illegally operating in Lebanese airspace with increased intensity of late - even to the point of causing temporary moments of panic over southern Lebanon as low flying jets sometimes break the sound barrier. Violation of Syrian airspace was more brazen in previous years of the war, but as we've explained previously it appears that Israel is carefully calculating it's strike positions over "neutral" Lebanese airspace so as not to force a Russian response by directly violating Syrian space. 

Weeks ago senior Israeli officials were quoted as threatening to assassinate Syrian President Assad by bombing his palace in Damascus, while further adding that Israel will seek to derail the US-Russia brokered de-escalation deal reached in Astana, Kazakhstan earlier this summer. The Astana deal essentially put Russia in the driver's seat in Syria, which Israel sees as guaranteeing a permanent Iranian presence - something Prime Minister Netanyahu sees as intolerable. 

Though rarely acknowledged in the media, Israel and Syria have been at open war since at least 2013, when Israel launched a massive missile attack against a Syrian defense technology facility in Jamraya outside of Damascus. Israel has also targeted Damascus International Airport on a number of occasions. During the summer, the head of Israel's air force acknowledged nearly one hundred IDF attacks on convoys inside Syria over the course of the past 5 years. And as a Wall Street Journal investigation confirmed, the Israeli army has been providing military aid to al-Qaeda linked rebels operating in Syria's south for years.

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GUS100CORRINA NoWayJose Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:25 Permalink

My response: PROPHECY AGAINST DAMASCUSIsaiah 17:1-31 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.WE DO INDEED LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES.

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Jim in MN GUS100CORRINA Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:31 Permalink

Israel, along with the Saudis and our domestic terrorists (Clinton/McCain neolibcon traitors trying to overthrow the US govt) are simply after one thing:THEY ARE TERRIFIED OF PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, WHICH IS WHAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOWI dare you to dare anyone you know to cover this critical and historic development.Hell, the fact that it's NOT being covered is a story itself.No mass civilian casualties in any major city from the Western Sahara all the way to Pakistan, the Saudi massacres in Yemen and a few car bombs being the counter-example proving the overall thesis.Suck on that, globalist scum.Populists win and a billion are at peace.Try to make it last until Christmas (sorry for the triggering word there)

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MEFOBILLS Dormouse Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:29 Permalink

The good news is that Albert Pike called for the mutual destruction of the Zionists and IslamDormouse, do you know what critical reasoning is? Theodor Herzyl 1860-1904.  Albert Pike 1809-1891.  The World Zionist Organization, or WZO, was founded as the Zionist Organization at the initiative of Theodor Herzl at the First World Zionist Congress, which took place in August 1897 in Basel Switzerland.In 1897 Pike was already dead.  Beginning in late 1895, Herzl wrote Der Judenstaat (The State of the Jews). The small book was initially published February 14, 1896, in Leipzig, Germany, and Vienna, Austria, by M. Breitenstein's Verlags-Buchhandlung   In 1896, when Zionism first popped into existence as an idea, Pike was already dead. 

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giovanni_f Future Jim Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:29 Permalink

The Angloimperialist's old plot (wipe Syria from the map) has gone sour. Voila the new doubled-down plot:1. Israel to provoke Syria constantly under the pretext of being threatend by Hezbollah (no westen presstitute cares that Hezbollah was created as resistance during the Israel aggression against Lebanon)2. At some point Syria / Hezbollah strikes back (probably a false flag)3. Israel will "retaliate"4. Syria will retaliate (another false flag attack plus a staged chemical attack where a little girl twitters her pain live with BBC)5. US will condemn Iranian aggression (with no evidence but nobody cares in western MSM)6. US will withdraw from Iran deal, flipped out witch Nikki Haley spews out venom to incite war7. US strieks Syrian and Iranian targets under the pretext to prevent a nuclear war and a chemical attack--> e voila

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HRClinton shamus001 Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:08 Permalink

Actually, the ancient Jews who scattered after the Romans levelled Jerusalem (as a response to their uprising), were from Jerusalem itself.The Jews in the rest of Palestine did not participate, and remained. They became what are today Palestinians.So you see, it is the Global-Lust Zionists who are the Antisemites.

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ffed HardAssets Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:21 Permalink

The Bible says earth is flat.  Most ignore the multiple proofs in the Bible, the sun moving on a circuit above the earth, earth is set stationary, immovble-  any of that sound like a spinning ball, I was a hardcore athiest until 6 months ago when I learned flat earth, the Bible speaks the truth to me now, and yes I can hardly believe what I say now from how I thought.  But maybe I am wrong. 

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loves the truth ffed Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:34 Permalink

Fake news...Truth.How could the Bible writer know this fact?Isaiah 40:22 There is One who dwells above the circle* of the earth,+ And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.He is stretching out the heavens like a fine gauze,And he spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.+ 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired of God+ and beneficial for teaching,+ for reproving, for setting things straight,* for disciplining in righteousness,+ 17  so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.

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justa minute Akzed Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:41 Permalink

globism(believing earth is a globe) is the one world religion. satan has tricked everyone into sun worship( sun is the center). by doing this everything gets distorted, transgenderism and all this other nonsense are just the fruit of that poisoned tree. they (cabalists convinced us that that which is always flat really has curvature and is all held in by a magic magnet. cabalists are laughing at us

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lucitanian SafelyGraze Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:22 Permalink

An unregulated, uncontrolled nuclear entity that practices apartheid and murders its occupied residents, creates millions of internal and  external refugees and which supports and trains terrorists, attacks a sovereign country across a borders of illegally occupied territory, three times in a week with apparent impunity, is an allie of the the US and is funded to the tune of billions of dollars.And so, tell me again why Kim Jong Un and N. Korea is such a threat to world peace?Because (((they))) are "allies" of the USA.Sorry but it's fucking ridiculous and no, although there is a solution to the N. Korean conflict which is clear to Japan, South Korea, China, Russia, and the rest of the world, which would protect millions of people, the US is not prepared to negotiate. And why, because insanity and the lack of logic are the effluent in which evil grows and flourishes. In this case of the Empire and the Deep State behind it, evil has fully matured to a level far beyond anything that Hitler might have imagined.After WWII all Germans were were painted with the same brush in terms of responsibility, They didn't stand up to the evil. Their excuses were, that it crept up on them, there was not much they could do to prevent it, the powers that be were stronger..... What will be the excuses of the ever exceptional USns?

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shamus001 lucitanian Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:04 Permalink

Your correct. It does appear the war room of the U.S. is preferring blood and destruction over losing a game of cards. When a billion die, everyone will remember this war was started by the U.S.  I say let kimmy have his nukes, but the man cant be launching them over sovereign countries, thats just batshit wrong!Like me shooting my bullets from my acreage across and into your land during target practice. WTF them are fightin' actions for sure. Dude has to stop that shit, or get his ass kicked!That is the nature of humanity! You dont offend by abusing others space or property:Tresspass = Get ur ass kickedBang anothers wife = Get ur ass kickedSteal someone elses shit = Get ur ass kickedLob explosive shit over/into someone elses yard = Get ur ass kickedSpy on your neighbor/peeping tom = Get ur ass kickedSeems like an ass kicking is in the cards unless he apologises and never does it again 

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opport.knocks shamus001 Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:41 Permalink

LOL - How can you do a realistic test of an ICBM (unless it goes straight up and comes down again, but what would be the point of that) from a small country like NK without crossing over another country at a height of well over 1000km? Over 1000km above Japan!!!  Look at a map FFS, North Korea is surrounded by South Korea, China, Russia and Japan, Do you think they should launch it over land? Dude, you have totally bought into your government's propaganda. Need to take a big step back. 

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