"A series of strikes on a military facility just outside Damascus last night has been widely attributed to Israel, which would make it the second Israeli attack on Syria in less than 48 hours and the third this year. Among the reported targets of the two latest attacks were consignments of Iranian Fateh-110 missiles reportedly intended for Hezbollah, which would allow the Syrian ally to launch precise attacks on Israeli targets such as Ben Gurion Airport or the defense ministry in Tel Aviv from launch pads as far north as central Lebanon. Israel has stated that it will not allow “game-changing” weapons systems to fall into Hezbollah’s hands. But Hezbollah is believed to have acquired by 2009 a Syrian-engineered version of the Fateh-110, known as the M600. Both Syrian and Iranian versions carry a 1,100-pound warhead and have a range of some 150 miles. The M600 reportedly has a basic guidance system that allows it to strike within 500 yards of its target at maximum range, enabling more accurate strikes than Hezbollah’s other long-range missiles afford." CSM
I am puzzled by Israel's actions. The first air strike was evidently against weapons in transit from Jamraya to Hizbullah in Lebanon.
That, for me,was a comprehensible military action for the purpose of denying Israel's enemy a shipment of advanced missiles of the M600 variety.
This latest strike or set of strikes was against facilities that are virtually in Damascus itself. Mount Qasiun overlooks the city and the targets seem to have been in the valley behind the mountain. I have eaten in several very civilian restaurants on the side that faces the town. To strike this close to the capital of Syria is to invite escalation.
It has been my understanding that the IDF did not favor fostering the victory of the Islamist dominatated rebels. Does this set of attacks represent an assertion by the Natanyahu government of greater control of IDF actions? pl