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Iranian air freighters now routed to Beirut instead of Syrian air bases

Day by day at least one, if not two, Iranian transport aircraft, are landing at Beirut international airport in the past week, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. Flights to Syrian air bases have all but ceased. On their return flights, they refuel at Damascus airport. Most of the incoming aircraft are Boeing 747s of Qeshm Fars Air, which serves Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Intelligence watchers, speculating about the reason for the accelerated Iranian air runs to Beirut and the nature of their cargoes, suggest that they are anxious to avoid encounters with the USAF aircraft circling Syrian skies (as DEBKAfile first revealed on Nov. 22). Another conjecture is that, since the Russian- S-300 air defense systems won’t be operational before the end of January, Iran and Russia agreed that it would be less hazardous for Iranian air deliveries to be routed to Beirut than to risk possible Israel air strikes over Syria.

Israel last bombed Beirut International Airport 12 years ago in the course of the 2006 Lebanon War against Hizballah. Its air force then dropped rockets on three runways to block Iranian ammo and missile resupplies for the enemy. Tehran calculates that Israel will not repeat those strikes for fear of sparking an all-out war with Hizballah. This threat was conveyed to Israel on Nov. 10 by the Lebanese Shiite group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu exposed the presence in the vicinity of the airport of workshops for upgrading Hizballah’s surface rockets to precision-guided capabilities.
Nasrallah said: “…an attack on Lebanon will definitely and certainly be responded to,” and went on to say that, although Israel “ possesses a large army, advanced air force and nuclear weapons, it cannot handle the number of missiles possessed by Hizballah.”

Nasrallah and Tehran have since taken note of the fact that although the prime minister exposed the missile workshops, Israel refrained from destroying them.

The rerouting of Iranian deliveries for Hizballah from Syria to Beirut is a game changer that warrants altered tactics against the Lebanese Shiite terrorists and their supplier. Tehran is furthermore in the course of a bold new step in Syria with the potential for a major shift in the region’s strategic contours.  Read about this momentous discovery in the coming issue of DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers) out on Friday, Nov. 30. If you are not yet a subscriber, click here to obtain this issue.

 

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25 thoughts on “Iranian air freighters now routed to Beirut instead of Syrian air bases

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 9:50 at 9:50
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    Diplomacy will never change iranians behavior. Bomb iranian soil.

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 10:24 at 10:24
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    “although Israel “ possesses a large army, advanced air force and nuclear weapons, it cannot handle the number of missiles possessed by Hizballah.”

    Well, that if that is true, then that probably means that at the very least some extraordinary firepower will be necessary – and rapidly, perhaps WMD’s and bunker busters all over Beirut. Israel understands that its going to suffer, but it also has worked out what is required to shut down the enemy and fry them in their foxholes.

    • Nov 29, 2018 @ 18:32 at 18:32
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      Are you an IDIOT?Taking from your rear mouth!

    • Nov 29, 2018 @ 20:24 at 20:24
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      Do you realize what would happen to Israel if they did that?

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 10:26 at 10:26
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    Who Cares ? Seems the IDF/IAF is taking a vacation………

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 10:50 at 10:50
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    yeh so? bomb beirut airport. told you- we need jewish warriors not jewish cowards who like photo ops and sipping coffee by the sea shore on a fine sunday.

    hezbollah has missiles? so this is old news. israel should long ago have developed a counter to this madness- air defense on the techno new with advanced lasers or directed energy weapons.

    amazing how only russia seems to develop game changer conventional weapons. hyper velocity that works, the original ERA etc. the west and israel follow the herd they make better existing weapons but where is the ground breaking innovation?

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 12:16 at 12:16
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    If Israel wants to stop these then it should try doing something in the skies over Iraq if possible since this is now the area over which the U.S. has some control over. Bibi is trying very hard to make new friends all over the world while making enemies at home by doing nothing. These big planes are big flying ducks that can be easily destroyed and Iran does not have many of them. They have around 4 of these 747 airplanes.

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 12:20 at 12:20
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    ANNEXING ALL THE SOUTH LEBANON IS THE BEST ANSWER TO IRANIAN AND NASSARALLAH

    • Nov 29, 2018 @ 12:42 at 12:42
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      you make me laugh …you are really a joke man …do it if you can ??? you were there before ….another Vietnam for years and years to come …Aramageddon

      • Nov 29, 2018 @ 15:36 at 15:36
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        Yeah and guess who wins Armeggedon…

        • Nov 29, 2018 @ 17:45 at 17:45
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          Each claiming his victory in it …will not guess till then …sweet dreams

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 12:43 at 12:43
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    I agree with all the replys when a leader says he is trying to find someone good enough to replace him he is heading for a fall

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 13:09 at 13:09
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    Israel has to act in one way or another, preferably covert as starting a war is easy but ending it is not as the 2006 war proved. Hizbollah has its rocket stocks hidden in such a manner that it can hardly be eliminated to such an extent to render it no longer a threat even when Israel would use bunker busters.
    The UN of course are the real cause for the entire cockup as the blue-helmets deployed in Lebanon never enforced resolution 1701 which stipulated that re-arming Hizbollah was forbidden.

    • Nov 29, 2018 @ 18:15 at 18:15
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      UN 1701 is a failure because the UNIFIL troops were not placed on the Lebanon-Syria border but on the Lebanon-Israel border. Most of Hezbollah’s arms have been supplied through the Lebanon-Syria border. In fact, many Lebanese also wanted UNIFIL on the Lebanon-Syria border when it became apparent that the LAF was doing nothing in preventing Hezbollah in sending its militants into Syria freely to help Assad in the last few years. They wanted the government and the LAF to implement the TAIF accords which was about Lebanese non-involvement in any neighboring conflicts which Hezbollah violated and broke on a daily basis. Instead, the LAF focused on suppressing any armed group in Lebanon that was a threat to Hezbollah so that Hezbollah could concentrate on helping Assad in Syria while the LAF looked after its back in Lebanon. Each Shite village in Lebanon serves as a fortified Hezbollah settlement base. These villages allow for Hezbollah operatives to run in and out of them while the villagers offer them civil disobedience protection from others going after them.

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 13:50 at 13:50
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    Trump must deliver an ultimatum to Putin at their meeting this week that if he were to place his advanced weapons systems in Lebanon or Syria that the US and Israel will target them. They must also come to an agreement that Iran be sent back home or face destruction.

    • Nov 29, 2018 @ 23:34 at 23:34
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      Do you not think that Russia knows that they will be targeted? What kind of a barrage of missiles, hypersonic and supersonic both coming at you and every ship and base in the region. I will not even mention out manned and out equipped American soldiers that will die.

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 15:31 at 15:31
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    The Israeli leadership should have shot down the Iranian 747 cargo planes over Syria from the start. Their indecision on when and who to attack is going to mean that Israel will be fighting a much more powerful enemy who are going to launch 10s of thousands of missiles into Israel that will hit their targets.
    As I have written before this is a clear failure of Israeli leadership. It seems throughout history the Jews can win a battle but always lose the war. Think about the expression “You can get the Jew out of the Ghetto but you can’t get the Ghetto out of the Jew.”
    They have to start thinking like a Prussian and know how to destroy the enemy so they know they have been defeated. You have not done they yet.

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 17:27 at 17:27
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    at this point it is an extremely tough spot. if the trump admin was guaranteed another term, I would argue to wait bc iran may collapse and things could change. but with only 2 years likely here it seems like the less terrible choice is to bomb them but then it will have to be with a goal of destroying them all down to Nasrallah. a limited war wont do. if the costs of that will be too high, then israel might as well wait and hope that it can deter the Iranians and Hezbollah rather than going into open conflict. what israel has going for it is a strong and growing economy. a war with Hezbollah and iran could be very, very damaging in that regards. unfortunately, I remember 2006 well, and I felt then that Ehud Olmert didnt realize that he was fighting a turning point war in the middle east. if israel had persisted for another 1, 2 months, it may have destroyed Hezbollah and things would have been dramatically different today.

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 17:52 at 17:52
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    The circle closes around Israel.Ican’t believe it.

    • Nov 29, 2018 @ 20:14 at 20:14
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      No circle could ever close tight around a blue hexagon, because the 2xPixR breaks at the corners.

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 18:27 at 18:27
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    SINCE THESE LARGE IRANIAN MILITARY SUPPLY PLANES HAVE TO FLY OVER IRAQ AND THE U.S. CONTROLS THE SKIES OVER IRAQ, THEY SHOULD EITHER SHOOT THESE PLANES DOWN, ALLOW ISRAEL TO SHOOT THESE PLANES DOWN OR PROHIBIT AND PREVENT IRAN FROM FLYING OVER IRAQ. IF ISRAEL HAD CERTAIN PERMISSIONS BEFORE WITH RUSSIA OVER SYRIA REGARDING IRAN, THEN IT SHOULD ALSO HAVE CERTAIN PERMISSIONS WITH THE U.S. OVER IRAQ REGARDING IRAN. THE BEST PLACE FOR ISRAEL TO DEAL WITH THESE PLANES FROM IRAN IS CURRENTLY OVER IRAQ. THIS IS ALSO A CHANCE FOR ISRAEL TO DESTROY IRANIAN MISSILES IN IRAQ.

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 19:07 at 19:07
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    It is true that the IOF is scared to death of Hizbullah. The IOF remembers the humiliating ass kicking they received back in 2006 and don’t want anymore.

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 19:35 at 19:35
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    Leverage. 2-3 Iranian cargo mod planes disappear in a time on target operation, wherever they are at a given operations window. Would that be a teachable moment for Israel’s adversaries?

  • Nov 29, 2018 @ 20:58 at 20:58
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    Fellow new born kids and older baby suckling toddlers! Please remove your fingers from the nose, and stop babbling.

    The problem is not at all preventing the LANDING of the Iranian air freighters, simply because the root cause is the LIFTING. This lifting happens on spooky runways, each coordinated by a spooky control tower, after the plane is taken out of its spooky hangar.

    There are 16 spooky places in Iran, each with its spooky hangars and spooky runways and spooky control tower like that. These happens to be all on only 16 spooky military air bases.

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO THROW YOUR TOYS AT THEM.

    Here are the coordinates:

    Ahmadi Military Air Field – 29°05′57″N 51°02′7″E
    Badr Air Base – 32°37′16″N 51°41′49″E
    Bishe Kola Air Base – 36°39′18″N 52°20′58″E
    Darrahi Military Air Field – 29°22′33″N 51°04′03″E
    Gorreh Military Air Field – 29°54′25″N 50°25′43″E
    Hesa Air Base – 32°55′44″N 51°33′40″E
    Jask Air Field – 25°39′11″N 57°47′51″E
    Kashan Air Base – 33°53′43″N 51°34′37″E
    Kish Island Airport – 26°31′33″N 53°58′52″E
    Kushke Nosrat Airport – 34°59′02″N 50°48′22″E
    Nain Air Base – 32°51′46″N 53°03′36″E
    Naja Air Base – 35°46′34″N 50°52′51″E
    Qezel Qeshl Ag Military Air Field – 39°06′40″N 45°20′02″E
    Shahid Vatan Pour Air Base – 32°34′09″N 51°41′12″E
    Soga Air Base – 37°37′40″N 56°10′23″E
    Urumiyeh Airport – 37°40′15″N 45°04′19″E

    • Nov 29, 2018 @ 21:44 at 21:44
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      Hahahah thanks for sharing we will get right to it. Shlameel.

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