"Major Escalation": Israel Carries Out "Large Scale Attack" On Syria After Israeli F-16 Shot Down

Update 3According to Reuters, Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the situation in Syria in a telephone call following the heavy Israeli air strikes in the country, Interfax news agency cited the Kremlin as saying.

“They discussed the situation around the actions of the Israeli air force, which carried our missile strikes on targets in Syria,” Interfax quoted the Kremlin, adding that Putin told Netanyahu there was a need to avoid any steps that would lead to a new confrontation in the region.

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Update 2: Iran dismissed Tel Aviv’s claims concerning an Iranian drone and a downed Israeli jet as “ridiculous.” An Iranian commander also warned Iran could unleash “hell” on the “Zionist regime” and destroy all US bases in the area.

“The claim about the flight of an Iranian drone and Iran’s involvement in the downing of a Zionist fighter jet is so ridiculous that it does not merit a comment,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said. He added that Iranian officials are acting in Syria only as advisers and do so “at the request of the… legitimate and lawful government."

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the deputy head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, said that "any aggressive actions” by Tel Aviv would trigger a serious response. That is because Iran is capable of creating “hell for the Zionists."

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Update: According to Al Masdar, the Israeli pilot whose warplane was shot down by Syrian air defense forces on Saturday morning has died from injuries sustained during the engagement.While according to initial reports both crew members ejected – the weapons operator with light injuries and the pilot with ‘severe’ injuries, according to subsequent, still unconfirmed, reports, the Israeli pilot with serious injuries has died in hospital. No further details were given according to Al Masdar. This report however is being denied by the Times of Israel  which reported that the pilot suffered wounds to chest, abdomen while ejecting from jet; co-pilot set to be released home Sunday.

The condition of the pilot, who was seriously injured after he was forced to evacuate the plane, stabilized Saturday morning, but he was still unconscious and connected to a respirator, doctors at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center said.

The condition of a seriously wounded Israeli pilot began to improve Saturday, after he underwent surgery for injuries he sustained while ejecting from his plane over northern Israel, in the midst of a severe confrontation between Israel, Syria, and Iran, the ToI reported. The F-16 jet he was piloting took part in Israeli airstrikes in response to an Iranian drone that entered Israeli airspace from Syria in the early morning hours on Saturday.

As reported earlier (see below), a major battle broke out on Saturday between the Israeli Air Force and Syrian Air Defence Force over the occupied Golan Region, south Lebanon and the west Damascus region. During the confrontation that lasted for hours, Israeli warplanes and Syrian anti-aircraft systems traded missile fire – literally dozens of such munitions were fired – as the latter launched a general attack against ‘Iranian and regime’ bases west of Damascus.

And in a major escalation, one which has the potential to escalate into all out war, at the beginning of the battle,  a Syrian surface-to-air missile downed an Israeli F-16I fighter jet over the occupied Golan Heights (described as ‘northern Israel’ by Israeli sources).

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Open war has now essentially broken out between Israel and Syria. Israel confirms through its IDF spokesperson that it has carried out "a large scale attack" consisting of at least a dozen strikes on Syrian and Iranian military targets inside Syria, in what Reuters dubbed a "major escalation of tension".

What we previously described as Assad's strategic "waiting game" and reluctance to respond to repeat Israeli violations of Syrian airspace while launching unprovoked attacks appears to be over as Syrian air defense has shot down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet near the Golan border region in what is a major escalation in the conflict.  

Though details remain murky and are still developing, Israel has confirmed that its F-16 jet has crashed in Israeli territory after it was struck carrying out operations targeting locations in Syria. The IDF spokesman quickly stated in a tweet confirming the shoot down that "Iran is responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty." 

Confirmed photographs of the F-16 crash site in Northern Israel, which is reported to be 20-30km from the Syrian border. 

Israeli security forces walk next to the remains of the downed F-16 Israeli war plane near the Israeli village of Harduf, Israel. February 10, 2018. Image source: Reuters

The two Israeli pilots ejected, landing inside Israel in the northern countryside of Galilee and were rushed to a hospital, according to local media reports. Israeli military statements have indicated that one of the pilots suffered severe injuries as a result of the emergency ejection from the aircraft.

Video first posted on social media captured by onlookers in the area appears to show a pilot parachuting into the northern Israeli countryside of Galilee. 

Early unconfirmed footage of the F-16 crash and subsequent rescue have emerged on social media. The following shows multiple scenes currently circulating from the early morning incident: 

This is the first time in the 7-year long Syrian war that an Israel jet has been shot down, and after promising a swift response, Israel has launched multiple retaliatory strikes against Syrian military bases in the southwest countryside of Damascus.

Beirut-based Al Masdar News reports that the incident occurred at approximately 6:30 A.M. Saturday morning (local time) and that the Israeli F-16 fighter was hit while flying within Syrian airspace near Damascus.

Official Israeli statements claim multiple of its jets were scrambled in response to an Iranian drone launch into Israeli airspace, which the IDF says was intercepted amidst "massive Syrian anti-air fire". The F-16 was engaged in an operation to destroy the Syrian ground base from which the UAV was launched.

According to the Israeli version of events issued in real time by IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus:

The Syrian military has stated that its air defense missile system further struck an Israeli drone shortly after the F-16 was downed, which had been launched from the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. There's not been immediate Israeli confirmation of this second aircraft downing.

In response to the F-16 downing, after 8:00 A.M. local time the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles targeting the Al-Kiswah area near what is said to be an Iranian base outside of Damascus. And shortly after this initial Israeli retaliation strike, a more massive wave of missiles hit a mountaintop Syrian Army base in the same area. Regional sources are reporting that multiple Israeli missiles struck the base, while others were intercepted by Syrian air defense.

It appears that Israel launched missiles on locations in central Syria as well, with casualties reported among Syrian Army forces and their allies. The Associated Press cites a Syrian opposition monitoring group to report the following:

A Syria war monitor says Israel has struck targets in central Syria and the southwestern suburbs of the capital Damascus in two separate and successive waves of airstrikes.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the first round targeted in the central desert area where Syrian troops and their Iranian-backed allies including Hezbollah are known to maintain bases. It cited unconfirmed reports of casualties among Syrian government forces and allied militiamen.

The Britain-based Observatory, which monitors the Syria war through a network of activists on the ground, says the second round targeted outposts in the southwestern suburbs of Damascus.

Syrian government media reported multiple missile intercepts, likely through its sophisticated Russian-supplied anti-air defense system, and confirmed the large-scale Israeli attack on Syrian military locations in central Syria. 

According to Syrian state-run SANA:

The army air defense confronted a new Israeli aggression on one of the military positions in the central area and hit more than one aircraft...

Moreover, the Army air defense confronted another Israeli aggression on Damascus Countryside on Saturday morning...

Meanwhile, media of the Israeli enemy admitted that the Syrian air defense shot down an F-16 jet over Galilee in occupied Palestine and that its pilots were injured, confirming the closure of parts the Israeli airspace for aviation after downing the warplane.

As a result of escalating events airspace closures have been reported over northern Israel, as well as multiple Israeli air defense warning sirens sounding at the Golan Heights and throughout lower and upper Galilee.  

Israel's Ben Gurion international airport outside of Tel Aviv was also reportedly on lockdown for some period of time after the exchange of fire between Syrian and Israeli forces. 

Meanwhile, the Israeli military has blamed close Syrian ally Iran for today's F-16 shoot down and escalation. The IDF issued a threatening statement which reads: "The IDF will act determinately against such severe violations of Israeli sovereignty by Iran and Syria and will continue to act as necessary. The IDF is ready for various scenarios and will continue to act according to situation assessments."

And according to a statement issued to the AFP, Israel says Iran and Syria are "playing with fire" but that Israel does not want escalation. However, regional media reports indicate Israel has continued to pound the Damascus countryside throughout the morning. The Syrian government has condemned Israel's actions as unwarranted "aggression". 

It must be remembered that the Israeli Air Force has acknowledged striking targets inside Syria at least 100 times over the past few years of the conflict, with the last attack prior to today's events happening just earlier this week. Syria has frequently taken its case before the U.N., calling for official condemnation of the unprovoked attacks, but has been just as frequently rebuffed.

In its now 'open secret' of a years-long pursuit of regime change in Syria, Israel has given covert support to al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria's south - near the vicinity of today's F-16 shoot down - which has involved weapons transfers and treatment of wounded jihadists in Israeli hospitals, according to The Wall Street Journal. As former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell once directly told the Israeli public, Israel's "dangerous game" in Syria has involved getting in bed with al-Qaeda in order to fight Shia Iran.

And as Israel has long sought ways to justify attacks on Iranian assets in Syria while at the same time undermining and destabilizing the Syrian government, the downing of an F-16 may have given Israel's hawkish leadership the excuse they've been looking for all along to escalate toward a final confrontation. 

Middle East based journalist and analyst Elijah Magnier says we could be witnessing the tipping point that will ignite the entire region. Magnier reports that according to a "private source, all Syrian military and intelligence and their allies' (Hezbollah) positions in Syrian and Lebanon are on full alert." 

This is a developing story...


War Machine skbull44 Sat, 02/10/2018 - 13:07 Permalink

I don’t think it’s a ‘globalist’ plan so much as a Zionist plan - the Oded Yinon plan, and subsequent ideas represented in papers written by PNAC, Wurmser, Kagan, Perle, etc.

I would believe nothing Israel’s government says without highly credible proof.  Was there:


- a drone?

- in Israeli airspace

- launched by ‘Iranians?’


Every part of that could be a lie, but if there were a drone, it is very likely it was unarmed and not within Israel, and very likely Syrian.

In any event Israel is the undisputed heavweight champ of framing its aggression as ‘defense.’  And its armies of online apologists must be on high alert.


These are worth reading/watching imo:












Two major things to worry about are what happens if/when the Jews kill Russians and relatedly, how exactly will Trump, a puppet of Likudnik, Jewish Supremacists, will foster events to get the US more explocitly and directly involved.


There is now a US base in Israel.  And 12+ bases in Syria.


Trump is an agent of Greater Israel, and it is inevitable that Americans will be lied into more wars for Israeli hegemony unless and until Trump’s supporters stand up and say ‘enough.’


But that won’t happen, so lets hope Ivan gives Syria s400s and Hezbollah MANPADS.


Putin needs to either be willing to defend his ally here or he should simply pull out entirely.


A few cruise missiles into an Israeli base is a winning move.


The time for patience and delay is over.


Israel must bleed.



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LiteBeeer War Machine Sat, 02/10/2018 - 14:27 Permalink

We might be in the 7 years tribulation since end of Oct 2012. If so, just ~20 months would be left.

It could be that things escalate very fast, in so far that NATO is weakened and USA loses it's strength in Syria and that all the world blames and starts targeting Israel. Then Christians would be raptured and the rest of the world would light up with ten thousands of a-bombs. God said the next time He'd destroy the earth with fire. Tongues and eyes would melt in their sockets.

Research bible prophecy and repent.


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DaiRR skbull44 Sat, 02/10/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

How many sovereign nations have their military active inside Syria?  Alphabetically, here's the list:  Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Jordan, Macedonia, Morocco, Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_intervention_against_ISIL#Involv…

What could go wrong?

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MEFOBILLS Gaius Frakkin'… Sat, 02/10/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

As much as I'd like to see jews suffer for their arrogance, I don't want anymore coming here as refugees


Yes, no more.



See link above. Russian Jews are the "Russian" experts who keep pushing for war.  Most NeoCon's are descendants of Jews who emigrated to U.S. from Pale of Settlement between 1880 and 1926.

Zionist Christians were formed from Protestantism, which in turn was funded into existence by Amsterdamn Jewish stock Capital.  This morphed further with Scofield being funded by our Zionist friends.  

Christianity, whenever the old testament is held up, always monied Jew is found plotting in the background.

They take their money through rents and usury, especially by grabbing control of money issuing authority.  Their religion has no moral "brake" on this act, plus there are in-group perogatives to "take" from the goyim.  

We know without question that immigrating Jews is bad, it causes society to devolve into low trust relations.  A parasite cannot be installed in sensitive positions of a civilization, or said civilization will fail.  

Some civilizations have built up antibodies to deal with the Jew problem, for example Iran which limits Jewish participation from sensitive sectors from the economy.  The West via its "old testament" Christianity is always weak host for Jewish parasitism.  Russia has a little stronger antibodies due to its Orthodox Christianity which is more new testament.

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veritas semper… Gaius Frakkin'… Sat, 02/10/2018 - 14:25 Permalink

   "As much as I'd like to see jews suffer for their arrogance, I don't want anymore coming here as refugees. "

Kinda late. Everything that was important and valuable has been  stolen or is already controlled by them.Look at who owns every position of power or wealth in JUSA.

But i can say that this was a good day. The criminal zionist entity took a big one in their kosher ass.One f-16 destroyed,pilot dead in the hospital and it seems another F-16 damaged and a helicopter too(unconfirmed,but I hope true),

Assad's patience has limits,especially now,when ISIS is eradicated and Al Nusra is being transformed into pieces of halal meat.

Russia had harsh words of condemnation for this:well,it seems that Satanyahoo's visit to Moscow ,on January 30th,was useless for him.

Hezbollah and SAA are"ready" if the zionist criminals push again.

JUSA had nothing to say for now(there are many pictures of American soldiers on the net,all saying"I did not enroll in the Navy to fight for AlQaeda in Syria",maybe this contributed to the silence for now,or the Donald hasn't finished his call received from Satanyahoo with instructions).

After the criminal JUSA attack on SAA(killing ISIS fighters) and acting as ISIS air force(as usual),after the criminal and coward way they killed the Russian pilot,maybe it's time for the Donald and JUSA to realize that assisting the criminal zionist entity in attacking Syria,will be a bite too big that will choke them.

This attack coincided with the threats from the criminal entity against Lebanon and their gas fields.At the same time,Russian navy was invited to Lebanon ports.

OT,related:Philippines  (Duterte boy) has cancelled a helicopter purchase from the Canadian faggot and is buying Russian weapons(Shoigu,the Russian defence minister just visited a Manila on a Russian destroyer).

NK and SK will compete under a flag in the Olympics

JUSA is been shown the door all over the world.

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Meat Hammer Juggernaut x2 Sat, 02/10/2018 - 10:15 Permalink

Any Red Teamers out there who voted President Cheeto feeling a bit.....duped? I get that some of you held your noses and voted against Hillary, but many of you are check-the-box Republicans who really don’t care about the issues you claim to care about; you just want the keys to the castle. I cordially invite you to lick my balls.

Trump - Big spending, war-mongering, Fed/Israel loving, neocon piece of shit!! 

But, but, he’s giving me some of my stolen money back!!! 🐑 🐑 🐑 🐑 

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Blankone Fiat Currency Sat, 02/10/2018 - 11:26 Permalink

Syria does not have the S400 or even the S300. Putin will not supply them, but he is supplying them to the Saudis who have helped sponsor ISIS and others in Syria.

This was all very predictable and preventable if Putin had wanted to. Was it because of Putin's fear or because Putin and the jews of Russia wish for Syria and Iran to be destroyed? And if the elite of Russia want Syria and Iran to go down is it because they are part of the overall NWO type plan or do they just want to find profit in the destruction?

But back to the point. If Putin HAD supplied the S400 to Syria those Israeli jets would not have been bombing Syria, not even from Lebanon's airspace. If Putin had the balls (or was it a lack of insight/intelligence) to have declared a no-fly zone over Syria from the beginning the US would not have destroyed much of the infrastructure for Syria (water, electric, hospitals, bridges) and would not have been able to supply ISIS so easily and would not have at least 11 military bases IN Syria right now. Putin wanted things as they currently are or did not have the fortitude to take a stand.

Remember all the articles and postings after Russia put the S400 at their airbase? About how Putin ruled the sky's of Syria and nothing could now fly without his approval? So did Putin approve or lose his nerve?
Case in point - from the article - Israel alone has flown 100 missions bombing and striking Syria.

Iran is going to get as much help as Iraq and Libya got and less than Syria.

Israel has a plane taken down (finally) with no deaths after they once again flew into Syria. Putin just had a jet taken down while in Syria with Syria's approval. Israel has and is attacking multitudes of military and govt locations across Syria in response. Putin blew up a minor hovel/hut of a building that might have contained some of the group responsible.

Don't Poke the Bear!!! LOL

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Snípéir_Ag_Obair Blankone Sat, 02/10/2018 - 14:27 Permalink

As usual your analysis begins with two bad unexamined premises:


1) that Putin can do X;

2) that Putin should do X...


given the forces arrayed against it by the Saudis, Israelis, US and NATO, plus their terrorist and guerilla proxies.


a dozen s400 batteries won’t make a difference and having them *captured* by the Anglo-Zionists a real possibility snd danger.


Damascus would be in the hands of ISiS were it not for Putin.


Russia can not go all in in Syria against the forces that could/would be brought to bear by the Anglo-Zionists, especially as Ukraine and the Baltics are being flooded with US/NATO troops and gear.


On the other hand, Putin could easily launch cruise missiles at an Israeli airbase if/when the attacks continue.  But from there, he’d have to indicate that tactical nukes may be next...  President Kushner’s willingness to attack Russian troops and vessels may be diminished when there is a credible threat Tel Aviv and West Jerusalem will burn.



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