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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2017 4:11 p.m. PST

"The Israeli military said it shot down one of numerous anti-aircraft missiles launched on Friday at its air force which was operating in Syria, in a rare such incident that spilled over into neighboring countries.

The Syrian army said it had shot down an Israeli jet during the operation. Israel denied this, saying that all its aircraft had returned unscathed.

"At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft compromised," an Israeli military spokesman said…"
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Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member17 Mar 2017 5:03 p.m. PST

This is perhaps a very bone question, but .. Bleeped text is Israel doing in Syria?

zoneofcontrol17 Mar 2017 5:09 p.m. PST


Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member17 Mar 2017 5:18 p.m. PST

Quite, but … my question stands (because I don't really believe they're involved so openly …)

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2017 5:43 p.m. PST

They've never been shy about conducting air strikes on neighbors…

28mm Fanatik17 Mar 2017 7:14 p.m. PST

The Hezzies are known to smuggle arms through parts of Syria, so Israel has no qualms about violating Syrian "airspace" to strike at their arch enemy. Israel occupies most of Syria's Golan Heights as a buffer zone, by the way.

Badgers18 Mar 2017 4:58 a.m. PST

Is this the first time such an intercept has been made in anger?

BenFromBrooklyn21 Mar 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

The agreement that ended the last Lebanon war specified the disarmament of Hezballah. Rearmament of Hezballah by Syria is a violation of Syria's neutrality in that war, as well as a violation of the agreement, and causes Syria to become a belligerent.
To make it more interesting, Syria does not recognize Israel. It is the official Syrian view that Israel is a non-nation. This complicates accords between them.
Of course, now, Syria is more or less a non-nation, consisting of some local warlords propped up by Russia, and some local warlords not propped up by Russia. So from each nation's official point of view, there is no sovereign airspace being violated.

28mm Fanatik21 Mar 2017 1:52 p.m. PST

Iran arms Hezbollah, not Syria. But Iran wields tremendous influence in Syria, having backed Assad even more than Putin did, and I'm sure Assad turns a blind eye to what Iran does in his country. Not that he can do anything about it anyway since he can no longer control the entire country.

zoneofcontrol21 Mar 2017 4:22 p.m. PST

Several areas of the ME have successfully achieved "non-nation" status officially or unofficially. With little or no domestic governmental control it falls to their neighbors to protect themselves from the fan propelled manure. Talk of encroachment, invasion and air-space violation just makes people sound silly.

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