"It Was The First Time We Attacked Live Iranian Targets": Israel Admits Striking Iran Base In Syria

A senior Israeli military official admitted to NYT columnist Thomas Friedman that Israel targeted the Iranian drone command center at the T4 air base in Syria last week, an airstrike which killed 14 people, half of whom were Iranians active in Syria.

"It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets — both facilities and people,” said the Israeli military official quoted by Haaretz.

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The admission validates accusations by Russia and the Syrian command - until now unconfirmed - which blamed Israel for the pre-dawn raid last Monday on the major air base in central Syria, saying Israeli fighter jets launched the missiles from Lebanon's air space, and which a war-monitoring group said killed 14 people. Last week, Russia's Defense Ministry said two Israeli aircraft targeted the T4 air base in Homs province, firing eight missiles. It said Syria shot down five of them while the other three landed in the western part of the base. Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli F-15 warplanes fired several missiles at T4.

Photos of the T4 base showed the aftermath of the airstrike.

Fast forward to today when the Israeli official said that last Monday's attack was in retaliation for an armed Iranian drone that entered Israeli airspace in February, and "opened a new period," saying that “this is the first time we saw Iran do something against Israel — not by proxy."

During the attack, Israel killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds force members, including Colonel Mehdi Dehghan, who led the drone unit operating out of T4, east of Homs.

Israel has been furious at Iranian forces operating out of Syria ever since February, when an Israeli F-16 fighter jet that carried out airstrikes on a Syrian air base was shot down after it struck targets in Syria in response to an Iranian drone that allegedly first infiltrated Israeli airforce.

The downed Iranian drone was armed with explosives and the Israeli military claimed that it was on its way to carry out an attack.

According to IDF spokesman, Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the drone’s flight path and Israel’s “intelligence and operational analysis of the parts of the Iranian unmanned vehicle” indicated that “the aircraft was carrying explosives” and that its mission was “an act of sabotage in Israeli territory.”

Needless to say, Iran was not happy with Israel's admission, which prompted Tehran to vow retaliation against Israel for the attack, while the commander of Iran's army ground forces, commander Heidari, said a date has been set for Israel's destruction:

  • IRAN SAYS TO RETALIATE AGAINST ISRAEL FOR AIRBASE ATTACK IN SYRIA: AL-KHABBAR
  • IRAN ARMY GROUND FORCES COMMANDER HEIDARI SAYS DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR ISRAEL'S DESTRUCTION: MEHR

Meanwhile, however, it appears that Israel is continuing its now daily attacks on Syria:

  • UNIDENTIFIED MISSILES ENTERED SYRIAN SKIES, SANA REPORTS
  • UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT OVER DAMASCUS SYRIA: LOCAL REPORTS
  • HOMS SYRIA MISSILE STRIKES BEING CARRIED OUT BY ISRAEL: LOCAL REPORTS
  • AIR DEFENSES RESPOND TO MISSILE ATTACK ON SHAYRAT AIRBASE IN HOMS AND SHOOT THEM DOWN -SYRIAN TV

And now we await what, if any, response Iran may have to this latest Israeli attack.

 

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Adolph.H. beepbop Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:43 Permalink

There will come a day when Putin will start whole selling S-400 systems to Syria and Lebanon. This is where they will be best used. 

In the meantime maybe trump could protest about this obvious violation of a sovereign nation's airspace. Ooh wait...

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greenskeeper carl Bitchface-KILLAH Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:44 Permalink

"Israel has been furious at Iranian forces operating out of Syria ever since February, when an Israeli F-16 fighter jet that carried out airstrikes on a Syrian air base was shot down after it struck targets in Syria"

 

How dare they shoot down an aircraft launching missiles at them....To be fair, apparently an Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace first, but it did not shoot anything and didn't kill anyone, so of course the Israelis have to escalate things.

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Curmudgeon49 greenskeeper carl Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:40 Permalink

A few things.

- (((Thomas Friedman))) is a CIA plant at the NYT. The CIA is an extension of MI6. Both are run by Mossad. In other words, Friedman speaks for Israel.

- Syria and Israel have been at war for decades with no declared peace. Israel still occupies part of Syria and claims it as Israeli territory. If the drone was in occupied territory, Israel would claim it was in Israeli territory, even though it is Syria.

- On a tangent, Israel still occupies a small part of Lebanon, Sheba'a Farms, which they claim is Syria. Both Syria and Lebanon claim it is Lebanon. This was where the Israeli soldiers were captured by Hezbollah after they had been further into Lebanon. Israel claimed that Hezbollah was "in Israel" and used it as an excuse to attack Lebanon, where Hezbollah kicked their collective ass.

To paraphrase the "Homer Simpson" cartoon, always believe the opposite of what the Jews tell you.

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finlandstation besnook Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:33 Permalink

Isn't it funny how the Iranians always threatens but always hides behind its proxies to actually go up against Israel.  Now we are witnessing more of the same - threats and more threats.  But the results will be more of the same.  Their henchmen in Lebanon and in Gaza will bear the brunt of any military actions and will suffer all of the consequences.  

The Iranians won't fight unless Putin puts skin in the game, and that just ain't happening.   Sorry to disappoint.  And if by chance the Iranians overplay their hand nothing like a few well placed cruise missiles into the bathroom windows of the grand wizard in Qoms to put things in proper perspective.

 

 

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spiderman5968 Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:24 Permalink

Put a HOLA in the AYATOLLAH once and for all and free the good, Western-oriented people of Iran that just want Freedom and not be subjugated by a group of radical Islamists.

Brazen Heist HerrDoktor Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:09 Permalink

It corresponds to

"For murder, whether of a Cuthean by a Cuthean, or of an Israelite by a Cuthean, punishment is incurred; but of a Cuthean by an Israelite, there is no death penalty"

So Israelites are above the law when it comes to murder! Talk about Jewish ethics. Now imagine what Pax Judaica would look like. In fact, I think its already in place. Some call it Pax Americana.

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Dickguzinya Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:28 Permalink

tom friedman is a scumbag, of the self loathing variety.  He carries the water for the low life, progressive, scuzlim, fascist, communist loving crew.

RopeADope Bricker Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:26 Permalink

Israel is afraid once Iran helps Assad remove the jihadists that Assad will be strong enough to take back the Golan Heights. Putin had already told Bibi that Russia would make sure that Iran was not involved near the border area when that happened if Israel would stop backing ISIS et al to kill Assad's forces.

But because Israel cares more about the illegal (water and gas) resource grab they did than any Iranians near the border they continue to shoot missiles at Iranian forces in Syria fighting the terrorists. They hope that by continuing chaos in Syria by the time the conflict is over Assad will not have sufficient forces to take back the Golan Heights. And if Iranian forces helped Assad in that area then Bibi could say look Iran is attacking Israel and have an excuse to drop bombs on Iran killing lots of civilians which plays well to the Likud base and the Likud stays in power.

 

Remember folks, dead civilians = Likud wins elections. Doesn't matter if it is dead Israelis, Palestinians, Americans, Syrians or Iranians.

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finlandstation RopeADope Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:42 Permalink

Take back the Golan?  Please.  It's been over 50 years and now you think Assad can muster up the strength to recover what wasn't his to begin with.  Like the rest of the Middle East, Syria is a made up country, thus has no historical claim.  And even still, it lost this territory when it attacked Israel and lost.  

Such is the spoils of war.  Putin isn't as stupid as you all think he is, he's not going to allow the fucking Persians to blow his plans for middle east peace.  They are on a short leash and nothing more.  

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Son of Captain Nemo Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:32 Permalink

Just when will Russia and Iran say "ENOUGH"?!!!  Just who the fuck does this little parasite of a "tick" think that he is (https://southfront.org/israel-will-not-accept-limitations-on-actions-in…) anyway?...

Backing that statement up on the UN floor by PERMANENTLY withdrawing their membership to the UN completely and sending all of the U.S., U.K. EU's, Israel's and Saudi Arabia's dips packing from Moscow along with their own dips in those host countries!!! Complete with a closing statement that Russia, PRC, Iran and Syria will be setting up their own "Hague" and UN somewhere in their own neighborhood to prosecute those in the West that provoke them NOW and in the FUTURE!... And that anyone who cares to break ranks from the yoke in Manhattan can join the new "HOUSE" anytime they want to part company permanently from the antithesis of the rule of law that the United Nations has represented since it's inception 69 years ago!

Which includes liquidating all business ties to with the U.S., U.K. Israel and Saudi Arabia and giving the boot to any Russian citizens that have been living abroad in those countries to either COME HOME or stay where you reside in the Western ranch house PERMANENTLY!

I couldn't believe Lavrov actually said Trust between U.S. and Russia "nearly lost but not "zero""!!! https://www.rt.com/news/424319-lavrov-us-syria-skripal/

Just what is he and the rest of the Russian Federation thinking at this point after Saturday morning???!!!

Son of Captain Nemo spyware-free Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:55 Permalink

Nahhh!... Russia's got the oil, gas, gold, silver that the U.S. and it's vassals need while the Middle East is the biggest "risk" and question mark out of 25 years of war and damage to it by the $200 trillion in unfunded liability debt club!

If Russia and China can turn ALL of North America into a pile of ash when they hold all of those other cards there is no longer ANY need whatsoever to keep them in smelling or seeing distance ever again after what they keep doing with impunity!...

Now is the the time to dump ALL of the remaining U.S. Ts they hold and tell the U.S. MIC to THINK ABOUT IT before they bring the last one on!!!

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finlandstation Son of Captain Nemo Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:51 Permalink

  The last thing Putin wants is to get out of the UN; or set up an alternative body.  Frankly, we should be so lucky if they did want to.  Now follow the bouncing ball.  But all for the UN moving out of Manhattan, for example, to Moscow.  That would put an immediate end to what little relevance it has. 

Now, without that tick what would you do with yourself?  You'd have identify a new Jew to vent your hate.   

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spyware-free Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:33 Permalink

Go ahead zio-cunts. Hit while you can. When the Syrian civil war is over and there are S-300's scattered all over South Syria and Lebanon and your planes start falling out of the sky your bullshit bombing will stop.