As Gaza front cools, Iran and Syria move on their next flashpoint – Quneitra

Hours after the Palestinians paused on Wednesday, May 30, in their broadest rocket/mortar assault on Israel in four years, their Iranian backers were already moving on the Golan. Under cover of the deafening Gaza clash, Iran, Syria and Hizballah began marching military units on the road to Quneitra opposite Israel’s Golan border. They include the Syrian army’s 42nd armored brigade of the elite 4th Division. DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report Iran is employing its classical tactic of cooling one sector – on Israel’s southern border with Gaza – while creeping up silently on another – the Golan front in the north The movement is timed to reach Quneitra on Thursday, March 31, when Russian defense minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu and his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman are due to meet in Moscow.

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55 thoughts on “As Gaza front cools, Iran and Syria move on their next flashpoint – Quneitra

  • May 30, 2018 @ 12:24 at 12:24

    Time for Israel to take out Iranian and Hezbollah troops and their associated imported Shiite militias before they get even close to Quneitra.

    • May 30, 2018 @ 13:21 at 13:21

      Agree 100%.

    • May 30, 2018 @ 14:56 at 14:56

      yes take them out NOW

      • May 31, 2018 @ 4:03 at 4:03

        don’t panic, LOL

    • May 31, 2018 @ 2:48 at 2:48

      that won’t happen.

    • May 31, 2018 @ 2:49 at 2:49

      That won’t happen. Tomorrow they’ll be sitting right there.

    • May 31, 2018 @ 4:32 at 4:32

      It’s too late! Quneitra is already lost to the fearless and battle hardened blessed brothers from Hizbollah, the Syrian flag will be hoisted on the Golan Height before Ramadan ends in-sha-Allah.

      • May 31, 2018 @ 8:24 at 8:24

        Your sky ghost doesn’t exist. You don’t even know that the mythology of Mohammed was invented by Caliph Abd Al Malik to enslave you.

        That means NOTHING can save you from the wrath of the rest of the World. You should lay down your arms while you can.

        Iran is going DOWN and all its little clowns too. While they focus on the Golan the Revolution to free Persia is getting ready to kick off. Keep looking far away in the West, that way when the Storm arrives in Shiraz you will not be prepared.

      • Jun 1, 2018 @ 21:41 at 21:41

        Hahhahaha ok man. Whatever you say… Go eat a snack you are getting delusional from hunger it seems

    • May 31, 2018 @ 10:01 at 10:01

      it’s still just playing with the tail of the snake. unless israel deals with the head, which is in tehran, it won’t solve the problem.

  • May 30, 2018 @ 12:31 at 12:31

    carpet bombing???

    • May 30, 2018 @ 12:54 at 12:54

      Why would anyone want to bomb a carpet?

      • May 30, 2018 @ 13:56 at 13:56

        Because it’s a Persian carpet… =D Yuk yuk yuk!

    • May 30, 2018 @ 13:21 at 13:21

      Agree 100%.

  • May 30, 2018 @ 13:07 at 13:07

    PM Netanyahu should finally take necessary measures. His indecisiveness provokes Iranian/Russian/Hamas aggression, as that barbarians notice they can needle without having to fear any real retaliatory strikes.

    • May 30, 2018 @ 14:46 at 14:46

      I don’t see indecisiveness from PM Netanhyahu; I see measured responses so far… From my perspective, it looks like brilliance. Israel has a good man at the helm.

      • May 30, 2018 @ 19:12 at 19:12

        The IDF has worked brilliantly since the mortars started. Proportional response by eliminating Hamas military sites and not a single death. Even the BBC bypassed the news as secondary to USA/North Korea and the shooting in Brussels.

      • May 31, 2018 @ 4:49 at 4:49

        Measured response? Shame on the cowardly ones of Israel who replied machine gun fire with jet bombers. The day draws near when Israel will meet her match in the blessed and fearless Iranians warriors, that day there will be weeping and wailing in the whole of Israel in-sha-Allah.

  • May 30, 2018 @ 13:34 at 13:34

    Excluding the possibility that the Russians will be stupid enough to have their own men in the kill-zone, the Israelis will have a lot of enemy assets that are all in one convenient place, to eliminate 🙂

    • May 31, 2018 @ 6:17 at 6:17

      That is exactly what I believe is planned too. Israel has told them so many times this would not be allowed. Wait for them all to be in one place. Never, ever seen such stupid people. Why don’t they just go home and build their country?

  • May 30, 2018 @ 13:40 at 13:40

    The calls for bombing the moving troops may have merit but things may not be all that simple. Much may depend on how they are moving and whether they are coordinating with effective anti-air forces.

    The Israeli air force is not designed for carpet bombing. Much more about hitting high value targets precisely and effectively. Depending on the terrain and the target this can be very effective or not very effective at all.

    So if the forces moving to Quneitra are forced to move down a specific track due to the terrain and such, then a few well-placed bombs can greatly slow a column of tanks or other motorized units. Also, those high-value targets are cost-effective and have real consequences for the combat effectiveness of the attacked units.

    If one remembers back to when the USA carried out the bombing attacks on Iraqi forces prior to the liberation of Kuwait? Those attacks did cause damage to equipment and men, and but the main damage may have been to the morale. The ground attack by the coalition forces was what really devastated the Iraqi forces.

    The point is that sometimes air forces are not as effective as people may wish. Sometimes the only way to really devastate a force is to use ground forces. This may or may not be the case with regards to the current moves.

    But carpet bombing in the historical sense is not an option for Israel. They don’t have the bombers for that.

    • May 30, 2018 @ 14:22 at 14:22

      Why not lease bombers …or use bombs that ha e a great area of damage

    • May 30, 2018 @ 18:42 at 18:42

      The carpet bombing actually demoralized the guys going in without having to fire a single shot. It saves the lives of our guys very effectively.

      Gd bless Patton and all that!

    • May 30, 2018 @ 19:26 at 19:26


    • May 31, 2018 @ 10:58 at 10:58

      200 f-16s, with a maximum bombload, can do a pretty good imitation of a heavy bomber. and when they’re operating 5 minutes from base, they won’t need much fuel, either.

      the other alternative is to adapt a c-130 to carry bombs. iai or rafael have already marketed the idea of a rack that drops bombs from the rear ramp of a cargo plane. combined with the capabilities of the spice-250, it can also be effective.

      not as big as a b-52, but then israel is a small country.

  • May 30, 2018 @ 13:53 at 13:53

    One must ask the important question why Jordan, Egypt and Saudi are not involved in fighting back the Iranian-Hebollah? Do they figure Israel will save them? I do not trust any of them until they put their own manpower and resources into the fight. They want Israel and US to do their dirty work as they build opulent cities and a new one mega city planned for Red Sea called NEOM. Fat, rich men in dishdashas who fund radical mosques overseas need to stop their anti-other Islamic conquest and concentrate on reform, stamping out extremism, taking out the greater Iranian threat and survival at home.

    • May 30, 2018 @ 14:23 at 14:23

      @ the formerly anonymous guy 🙂

      Wishful thinking I’m afraid…

      Btw, have you noticed that bin salman has gone VERY quiet following his initial major publicity blitz and the resulting “reforms”, which are now – it seems – being reversed? Any thoughts?

      • May 30, 2018 @ 15:14 at 15:14

        One thing I have observed over the years is that when Islamic leaders or terrorists sign anything, it has absolutely no value. So when you start making agreements with them, such as “land-for-peace,” you can be assured that they will get the land and we get more terror and war…they see agreements as hudnas and whenever they have the weapons and urge, they will kill non-Muslims and their own.

        It is a cult of death and conquest.

        The new leader of Saudi is really no different than his predecessors and I would treat him with suspicion until he starts doing things in the interests of his people and of the region. That means getting off his tender rich ass and fighting Iran as if his country’s survival depends on it.

        If I were Israel I would not trust him until he openly comes to Israel and lets Israel know that Saudi will no longer push for a Terrorstinian state or right of return, no longer support (actually prevent) the Terrorstinians from conducting terrorism, work with Israel to supply manpower and weapons (of which they are flush) towards pushing back on Iran from all foreign soil that the Iranians occupy and have invaded.

        • May 30, 2018 @ 15:33 at 15:33


          There are rumors that MBS has been grievously injured (some even say he has died in meantinme) late April during a coup attempt by members of the Royal House who are in opposition against his agenda. And the crown prince had his last public appearence on April 21st. He has even not welcomed Mike Pompeo when was visiting KSA.
          We should not forget Iran has even sympathisers among some retarding members within the House of Saud, especially those members who still have bonds to the Moslembrotherhood.
          His modernization agenda and rather pro-Israeli stance is an impetus for hardline Wahabis even to join in some affairs even with IRan, which is the core of all evil.

          • Jun 1, 2018 @ 21:46 at 21:46

            Links to any news of attempted KSA coup… You are making a major assertion that needs some sort of backup

        • May 30, 2018 @ 15:35 at 15:35

          @ the guy of previous anonymity,

          Fully agreed on the former part of your post, the latter being the reason I “accused” you above of wishful thinking.

          Bekitzur… it ain’t – in all probability (although nothing in today’s world really shocks me) – happening…

          • May 30, 2018 @ 16:07 at 16:07

            I do sometimes get carried away with wishing that things were different and I can’t help but hope that all of us just want to live in peace given the choice…but when I wake up from those stupid thoughts, I realize that we live in a world where only the strong, the most vicious and smart survive and that we trend in the direction of worst possible scenarios because people hope for and believe in the impossible idea that we are all the same with the same objectives – and then the leftists preach for us all let down their guard.

            The best of the leftists are just wishful thinkers who never wake up from stupid ideas but the worst of the leftists want to teach the others to let down their guard, tell them that WE are the bad guys and then shame everyone into allowing the enemy in to attack us and our civilization (by calling us racists and “Islamophobes,” etc.) — those represent a fascist leftism that is an evil existential danger to western civilization today.

    • May 30, 2018 @ 14:59 at 14:59

      Well said

    • May 30, 2018 @ 16:31 at 16:31

      Good points!

  • May 30, 2018 @ 14:20 at 14:20

    Enough is enough !

    Israeli gov. must end playing the shameful
    game of the iranisn nazis !!!!!

    Get up and root out / crush these bastards once + for ever !!!!

  • May 30, 2018 @ 14:24 at 14:24

    I’m pretty sure, Iranian forces will experience another nightmare …

  • May 30, 2018 @ 14:34 at 14:34

    Debka Reported:
    That is a firm Warning form US to Syria-iran-Hisbullah do not approach to south – Joradn-Israel border
    This report is sure true , reported by Al Jazeera too
    now we can understand the meaning of US firm warning
    The firm warning goes to the Syrian rebell and other US Allies , and means we will abandon you.

    very soon the USA will abandon israel too.

  • May 30, 2018 @ 14:48 at 14:48

    Superman? Are you alright? You seem a little panicky…

    For you said, “We have made a treaty with death, and with the grave we have set a limit; when an overflowing scourge passes, it shall not come upon us, for we have made lies our shelter and in falsehood have we hidden ourselves.”

  • May 30, 2018 @ 14:50 at 14:50

    The mentally defective, Jew-hating posts on this site are gradually shrinking –
    guess their “sponsors” are losing interest in bank-rolling a bunch of amoeba-brained creatures…

  • May 30, 2018 @ 15:08 at 15:08

    What does God say?
    17 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

    2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

    3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.

  • May 30, 2018 @ 16:42 at 16:42

    Israel may not be able to carpet bomb the columns, . . . but a good raking of 30mm cannon fire down the column length, . . . interspersed with some Hellfire missiles, . . . and finished off with a topping of Napalm: should make it “all quiet on the Eastern front”.

    Draw the red line in the desert: if your elements get within “X” distance, . . . say grace over them because they are about to be roasted, . . . then do it.

    Bullies, bastards, and muslims only understand force, . . . pour it on them.

    • May 31, 2018 @ 6:21 at 6:21

      “Bullies, bastards, and muslims only understand force, . . . pour it on them.” Quote of the day.

  • May 30, 2018 @ 19:10 at 19:10

    Say it again: strike hard and fast.No more tit for tat. Finish them off now. Don”t trust Russia. Give them the final blow.

  • May 30, 2018 @ 23:20 at 23:20

    “They include the Syrian army’s 42nd armored brigade of the elite 4th Division. ”

    Such hyperbole. Syria does not possess any “Elite” forces. Their is not a single unit or combat force that Syria possess that is even on par with a 1st world nation’s standard combat unit.

  • May 31, 2018 @ 0:45 at 0:45

    The Z ionists are desperate, one day they bomb and destroy all Iranian positions!!, the other day oh how should we deal with columns of forces heading toward us blah blah. Destruction is the fate for a racist regime that established upon military power and terror and occupation and a racist morale. after 70 yrs, not only you failed to reach the euphrates, but only approached your definite end. You are nothing but dirty pages of human history. you are collapsing despite full US support. You are Doomed. not because you are jews, because you are criminal zionists. not f35 nor nukes will save you.

    • May 31, 2018 @ 1:10 at 1:10

      Your jomomma called and she wants her little boy to make more falafel and hummus for her new Arab husband.

    • May 31, 2018 @ 1:51 at 1:51

      Happy Ramadan!
      such a peaceful loving month……..
      kill all day and eat all night
      what can go wrong?
      Killing Yahood used to be easy. now not so much…… Zionists don’t like to die as much as the old Yahood ued to….. what a shame

      • May 31, 2018 @ 3:13 at 3:13


    • May 31, 2018 @ 11:16 at 11:16

      because the ayatollah told you? did they also tell you that they lost 1 million casualties fighting iraq? (the 72 million virgins must have been really hard on the supply.) and did they happen to point out that it took uncle sam 2 weeks to do what they couldn’t do in 10 years?

      and maybe you should google “operation outside the box” and “operation cricket mole 19”, just to refresh your memory. before your next reminder.

  • May 31, 2018 @ 4:48 at 4:48

    @ the call

    Simple canned responses from a programmed mind, tis sad. You speak of rivers and have most likely not experienced one without feeling endangered in some way. That feeling you cannot grasp is called peace.
    More than likely you hate waking up suddenly realizing you, are still, just you, You most likely carry that hate throughout your day, never having considered your opponents position entirely. Deferring your hatred of self, onto someone else, changes how you are perceived.
    All in all you post mindless word drool and if you want to change anything, start within.
    Just think, you spent good money at the internet cafe to post bit bucket fodder, could have been otherwise spent on holiday, and saving me from posting this.

  • May 31, 2018 @ 10:33 at 10:33

    Happy May 31..Fridey will be June 1st :>)

  • May 31, 2018 @ 12:47 at 12:47

    The article has a typo, March 31 should read May 31. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — Debkafile, you need a native English proofreader/editor.

  • Jun 1, 2018 @ 21:51 at 21:51

    Where is Train obsessed commentary from “Tahoe Valley Lines”… We need rail system rebuilt for fantasy EMP famine hedge!! Choo choo

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