Saturday, May 04, 2013

Israel and Syria's War

The New York Times does a great job explaining the context of Israel's air strike in Syria targeting weapons it said were bound of Hizbullah:
Iran and Hezbollah have both backed President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, now in its third year. But as fighting in Syria escalates, they also have a powerful interest in expediting the delivery of advanced weapons to Hezbollah in case Mr. Assad loses his grip on power and Syria ceases to be an effective channel for funneling weapons from Iran...
In Lebanon, some analysts said they believed that a strong Hezbollah could also emerge as a powerful ally for Mr. Assad if he is forced to abandon Damascus, the Syrian capital, and take refuge in a rump Iranian-backed state on the Syrian coast, a region that abuts the Hezbollah-controlled northern Bekaa Valley...
An American official, who asked not to be identified because he was discussing intelligence reports, said the targeted shipment consisted of Iranian-made Fateh-110ā€™s ā€” a mobile, accurate, solid-fueled missile that has the range to strike Tel Aviv and much of Israel from southern Lebanon, and that represents a considerable improvement over the liquid-fueled Scud missile. Two prominent Israeli defense analysts said the shipment included Scud Dā€™s, a missile that Syrians have developed from Russian weapons with a range of up to 422 miles ā€” long enough to reach Eilat, in southernmost Israel, from Lebanon. 

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what's the situation here? ;^)

11:48 PM  

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