Syrian air defenses spread out to target US as well as Israeli overflights

Both US and Syria (plus pro-Iranian allies) are massing strength in the south and east for military clashes in the continuing confrontation.
Assad’s army with Hizballah and other pro-Iranian forces backed by Russia are massing for two objectives: a major offensive to capture Daraa on Syria’s southern border with Jordan;  and at the Deir ez-Zour region in the east for another attempt to cross the Euphrates from west to east. US forces and allies are building up to ward off the two offensives. This time, Syria has positioned its Russian anti-air weapons for targeting incoming air strikes by US as well as Israeli air force planes. Syrian Foreign Minister Fayssal Mikdad articulated this threat when he said Wednesday, Feb. 14: “Syria will down any warplane that launches an airstrike on the SAA [Syrian Arab Army].”
US military officials are cited by DEBKAfile’s military sources as estimating on Thursday that the combined Russian, Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah army massing on the western bank of the Euphrates in the Deir ez-Zour region will make another attempt to transfer troops to the eastern bank. They are expected to go for one of the oil or gas fields held by the US-backed SDF (Syria Democratic Forces), which is composed mainly of Kurdish YPG militiamen. Their particular targets are the CONICO gas facility and the al-Omar oil fields.

That’s in the east. In the south, the Syrian, pro-Iranian, Russian-backed coalition is preparing to grab Daraa. In both operations, they are determined to come off best after major defeats in the last few days. On the night of Feb. 7, massive US air and artillery strikes thwarted a Russian-assisted Syrian, Hizballah attempt to cross the Euphrates; and on Feb. 10, after an Israeli F-16 jet was downed by a Syrian SA-17 air defense missile, Israeli warplanes bombed a dozen military positions in Syria. They included air defense emplacements, but also  struck the secret Iranian Revolutionary Guards command posts that were preparing the combined assault on Daraa. Those preparations were resumed in the interim, with boosted protection against attacks from the air.

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  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 8:24 at 8:24
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    Syrian air defences and crew are not good enough to take on a combined or single US and israeli attack they still taking losses of hardware, plus the us can use air to surface cruise missiles, the Syrians need more Russian air defences and cruise missile hardware.

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 17:40 at 17:40
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      syrian anti air missile wasn’t important at all, even in the beginning of that war. The main anti air missiles is russians and they remain unharm and maybe last time they shot down that F-16 (not syria)

      • Feb 17, 2018 @ 4:02 at 4:02
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        S300 can control S200 and S400 can control S300. Moscow is building a global anti missile network. If a Syrian S200 hits a plane, it was probably directed there by iVaNS S400 controller suite.

      • Feb 17, 2018 @ 9:12 at 9:12
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        No unlike Russian as Russia is YIsrael’s friend.

        More like missiles system from Iran.

        Plenty of it.
        They ate waiting

    • Feb 17, 2018 @ 8:55 at 8:55
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      For your info most such cruise missiles fired by Israel we’re brought down by Syrian air defences alone not to say Russian.

      SAA has numerical advantage and point is does US dare to risk their planes shot down? Assad will go all our as it is their country and there are many ways to skin a stubborn cat.

      No ,once Assad allies go for serious attack, there is no way the small US force can last.

      The last attack by Russian backed forces did not anticipate air attack. Now no more.

      Let’s see how it goes

      • Feb 17, 2018 @ 9:12 at 9:12
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        The more Iran gathers its Hezbollah, shi’ite militias, Iran Guards, and Russian mercernaries to Daraa and Deir el-Zour… the better.

        Out away from major civilian centers US firepower will obliterate them all. Israel and the United States may strike together; or when the US halts… Israel will finish the rest.

        Only destruction of Iranian militias will send strong enough a message to keep North Korea from sending ICBMs and nukes to Iran.

        Only pushing Russia out of Syria will save the Trump Presidency from the pre-inauguration Muellar investigation.

        Putin knows this. He can let Trump win; and he has nothing – less than thirty planes – to fight with. While his navy is a row of sitting ducks.

        • Feb 17, 2018 @ 9:14 at 9:14
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          For your info most such cruise missiles fired by Israel we’re brought down by Syrian air defences alone not to say Russian.

          SAA has numerical advantage and point is does US dare to risk their planes shot down? Assad will go all our as it is their country and there are many ways to skin a stubborn cat.

          No ,once Assad allies go for serious attack, there is no way the small US force can last.

          The last attack by Russian backed forces did not anticipate air attack. Now no more.

          Let’s see how it goes

        • Feb 19, 2018 @ 3:07 at 3:07
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          It’s not in the U.S plan or the Israeli’s to
          “Push” the Russian’s out of Syria. Nor would it be worth the effort. Their efforts should be to decimate the Iranian forces all the while not engaging the Russians. This is assuming the Russians don’t directly
          assist the Iranians. If they do then all bets are (or should be) off.

      • Feb 17, 2018 @ 13:01 at 13:01
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        Russian air defense can’t touch the US F-22. That’s what led the attack that hit the contractors because the US knows Russia has air defense all over the place.

        • Feb 17, 2018 @ 16:26 at 16:26
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          Are you retarded f-22 and f-35 are a joke ,Its relatively simple to construct a ground based radar capable
          of seeing these planes .However airborne radars have a certain size restrictions.

          • Feb 19, 2018 @ 16:25 at 16:25
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            you are very much mistaken

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 8:45 at 8:45
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    The most affordable would be a shitload of manpads and some forward field radar that spetsnaz uses that should deter the forces from air assaults.

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 9:42 at 9:42
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      They bomb from 20000ft… above MANPADS range… You need serious AA missiles to shoot down an aircraft flying at 20000ft…

      • Feb 16, 2018 @ 12:04 at 12:04
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        Ridiculous, who is willing bear the cost of the missiles? The only one I can envision would be Iran with the billions Obama — the WORST POTHUS in history — gave them.

        • Feb 16, 2018 @ 23:14 at 23:14
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          Doubtlessly, history will judge bat eared, bowing Barry among the most villainous figures to cross America’s political stage. Death to Islamist scum, and all their cowardly Western sympathizers.

          • Feb 17, 2018 @ 4:06 at 4:06
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            Before the Neila prayer on Yom Kippur Rabbi Avraham Yoshe Freund of Mansod said:

            “It is not because they are Zionists that they are evildoers. It is because they are evildoers that they are Zionists.”

            Rabbi Aharon Roth said:

            “It is a miracle that these evildoers don’t command everyone to put on tefillin. It is possible that were they to do it, G-d forbid, it may be forbidden to put them on.”

            The Chazon Ish said:

            “If it is hard to understand the whole matter of the Golden Calf, by seeing the matter of the State, one can understand it. The matter of the State is similar to the Golden Calf”

            Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman said:

            “It is certain as the sun shines that the Land will vomit the Zionists out, because the Land is the Palace of the King….I don’t say this either to curse or to bless, but because these are things which are written in the Torah and which will take place.”

            Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik said:

            “The Zionists aren’t taking Jews away from Judaism in order to have a State, THEY NEED A STATE IN ORDER TO TAKE JEWS AWAY FROM JUDAISM”

            Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam once said:

            “When a Jew recites ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord your G-d, the Lord is One’ he should have in mind rejecting all idolatry in the world, including Zionism, which is also idolatry.”

            Rabbi Yissachar Dov of Belz said:

            ” There could be, before the arrival of Mashiach, that the Satan should succeed, and the evildoers should get a State in the Land of Israel. Their state would be a big danger for every Jew in material and spiritual matters.”

            The Chafetz Chaim, Rabbi Israel Meir Hakohen said:

            “In my opinion it is clear that the Zionists are from the offspring of AMALEK.”

            Rabbi Yitzchak Zev Soloveitchik (Reb Velvel) said:

            “How can the little rabbis and heads of yeshivas take upon themselves the determination of things dealing with life and death? It is obvious that the partition will bring with it the anger and hostility of the Arabs and other nations of the world. This whole thing touches on the shedding of blood. HOW DO THEY HAVE THE ARROGANCE TO MAKE JUDGEMENTS DEALING WITH LIFE AND DEATH?

            “The Agudah is nothing, just money.” Rabbi Moshe Leib Diskin said: “The rabbis of the generation should gather together and issue a writ of excommunication against the Zionists and eject them from the Jewish People, and make decrees against their bread and wine, and to forbid marrying with them, JUST LIKE OUR SAGES DID WITH THE SAMARITANS.”

            Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Eherenreich said:

            “The Zionists brought us to the Holocaust. It is well known that it was possible to redeem Jews from the Nazis with money, and save many hundreds of thousands of Jews in Hungary from the fire. THE ZIONIST LEADERS WHO NOW SIT IN GOVERNMENT PREVENTED IT!”

            Rabbi Shaul Brach of Kashoa said:

            “Before thinking up the idea of Zionism, Herzl wanted all Jews to convert to Christianity. When he was laughed at, he developed the second idea which was able to have more effect, since thousands of Jews began to believe they could be Jews without the Torah of Judaism.”

            “I am also surprised at the leaders of the Agudah who want thousands of Jews to move to Eretz Israel. How can they ignore the welfare of their children, since there is no other place on earth where there is so much heresy and sectarianism as in the Holy Land in our day.”

            THe_’WeST’, a model for parasite-altered host behaviour

        • Feb 19, 2018 @ 5:36 at 5:36
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          Hey Trumptard. It was their money that was frozen in US banks.

          • Feb 27, 2018 @ 23:53 at 23:53
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            So let’s give the cartels and human traffickers back all the money we took from them. It is theirs after all

      • Feb 17, 2018 @ 8:58 at 8:58
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        Stupid Syria has Iranian and Russian SAm system.

        Fight Hez or Houthis style high flying planes are useless if no armour is used.

        US forces practically surrounded if serious fight results .

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 14:45 at 14:45
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      Until now IAF, didn’t bother itself with targeted extermination of Syrian air-defences, like it did in Lebanon in 1980-s, relying mostly on the electronic warfare measures. Partly it was typical Israeli chutzpah and sloveniless, partly Israel didn’t want to attack air-defence batteries because they manned by Russian “advisors”, which means killing them. Now quite obviously our Russian friends provide Syrians with necessary information because Israel is not targeting russian radars. After downing of the F-16 everything had changed. The full scale scenario of the breaching of the air defences will played out, and then there will be attack on the ground forces. In regard spetsnaz and their portable radars they will be clogged, by measures of the electronic warfare, and eliminated by either missiles, radar killing drones or simply by planes using precise weapons outside the range of their weapon. Manpads were designed to fight against low flying targets, mainly ground-support helicopters and planes like Warthog or this old SU-25 which had been downed recently, but it’s useless from the plane which drops Spice bomb, from 5 thousand meters above and 70 kilometers from the target. When Ivan Ivanovich and his Shia friends balls will be busted by 250kg of the TNT, it will make some splash in Moscow. What this characters understand it’s only stream of zinc coffins delivered by ‘Black Tulpan” on the regular basis. And if they try to play these games with that americans also, than they will be guaranteed the replay of the Afghanistan.

      • Feb 16, 2018 @ 15:36 at 15:36
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        You know nothing about warfare weapon systems. Just keep quiet and stop making ill-informed armed chaired military opinions.

      • Feb 16, 2018 @ 17:07 at 17:07
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        Total absence of updated knowledge ; The latest combinations of all that you all wrote in here will be futile for all Nato Israeli friends , if Russians switch their systems combine . Israelis that got pinched for 5 -F16 had burned their central systems in Israeli negev and north to the point of no return ,Hard to imagine Israelis will try their staff again , until they will find out what exactly went through their guidance , nav aid systems and made them irrelevant. Dimona and their Negev USA central hub transform all Negev to Nuclear reactor , that lately measures of radiation that brought the levels of sickness in near by towns to alarming levels .

        • Feb 16, 2018 @ 21:50 at 21:50
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          Keep talking, Baghdad Bob’s Iranian cousin. You, and your deodorant challenged, rotten toothed, sh*t spouting, 3rd World cockroach compadres are about to have your filthy mouths closed permanently, by a great big iron American fist being forcibly jammed in. Payback for 1979 and 1983 coming soon, big time.

          • Feb 16, 2018 @ 22:33 at 22:33
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            Not only . The underground Negev nuclear facility and Nuclear bomb storage units were detonated , for being not suitable .This made all Americans shine from the space and with them all Israel became bi nuclear infected . The government of Israel were hiding in underground Tel -Aviv built communication relay facility covering around 10 miles radius or more . Yes , the one British built about 100 years ago. .So you can safely assume , that Israelis self exploded with Americans the Negev and parts of all the country making everyone not only shining , but really really e-radiative. We say the main airport soon will have that under ground population of creatures attacking everyone for being insane.

        • Feb 17, 2018 @ 3:25 at 3:25
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          if russia uses its aa systems against israel and us it will be bloody , A lot of f15-f16 and AWACS and
          AC-130 will fall . You can be sure that if the syrian side is planing something big then russia is on board.

          • Feb 17, 2018 @ 3:56 at 3:56
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            Oh yes, the next generation of those fearsome and much boasted about Soviet air defense systems Sadaam had. Keep trash talking like Baghdad Bob, right up to being painted, then lit up like a Roman candle. Death to Islamist scum. America forever.

        • Feb 17, 2018 @ 4:25 at 4:25
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          Yeshayah (Isaiah) 10:16-23 Therefore, the Lord, HaShem Almighty, will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors; under his pomp a fire will be kindled like a blazing flame. The Light of Israel will become a fire, their Holy One a flame; in a single day it will burn and consume his thorns and his briers. The splendor of his forests and fertile fields it will completely destroy, as when a sick man wastes away. And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few that a child could write them down. In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on HaShem, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God. Though your people, O Israel, be like the sand by the sea, only a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous. The Lord, HaShem Almighty, will carry out the destruction decreed upon the whole land.

          • Feb 17, 2018 @ 5:39 at 5:39
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            So, did you go look up what raki’a means, or do you still believe the Bible describes a realistic spherical Earth?

          • Feb 17, 2018 @ 9:01 at 9:01
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            More than ever the world needs the Jewish people to fulfill its ancient and original mission – find peaceful and creative solutions to what is now killing the ecological health of the entire planet… and free the mind from the confusions of slavery and war.

            Defending the state of Israel and the people of Israel is not trivial or tangential. We have no time to waste towards our greater goals of living in health, peace and the blissful wonder of beauty and creation.

            It is clear that no one else has taken our mission to heart. This fake collection of ‘rabbinical’ quotes comes from another century. Question everything till you find the light of the central channel – the very Tree of Life, the micropyle by which the seed sprouts … and how to remove the darkness of iron dust that imprisons the human in the bitter limitation of the finite.

        • Feb 18, 2018 @ 10:31 at 10:31
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          is that the crack or google translate talking? get an education, and get a life, fool.

      • Feb 17, 2018 @ 9:02 at 9:02
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        Stupid as though Assad soldiers will be fighting with air defence systems.
        Already Syria is out of bound to all Irsrael planes and all attacks must be conducted outside Syria. The lone F16 went in got shot down. Air to surface missiles fired from Lebanon mostly shot down too.
        Israel knows they cannot fly into syria now.

        Game over

      • Feb 17, 2018 @ 16:41 at 16:41
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        Israel would have to sacrifice all its airforce to even have a remote chance of taking out Russian aa systems
        in Syria.
        And in earlier wars between Israel and Syria the AA divisions and airforce pilots on the syrian side were
        lazy and ill trained and unmotivated.

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 8:49 at 8:49
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    Bad news all around. Unintended, unexpected ‘surprises’ can go either way. But what waste of life and resources. As a supporter of the US and Israel, I do hope that they are able to smash these forces again. It seems they are hell-bent on war and conquest – with luck they will be stopped.

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 9:01 at 9:01
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      Last time they attacked a HQ that had US personnel present. This time they are attacking an oil field with no US personnel. May not draw a direct US response?

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 11:30 at 11:30
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      War and conquest you prick? They want their cities, their land back.

      • Feb 16, 2018 @ 12:35 at 12:35
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        Sorry to burst your bubble, but that’s what “pricks” do. It is not theirs to reclaim.

      • Feb 16, 2018 @ 21:17 at 21:17
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        Just opposite Israel wants it’s land back. That area has been Jewish for thousands of years before there was a Muslim or the invasion of the Muslims who stole the land from the Jews. I should add it was Christian too before the Muslims stole it. We Christians and Jews want our Land back. Israel is the only country in the area to allow freedom of religion for all, where people can vote and have it really count. Yes just give us our land and freedom back.

        • Feb 17, 2018 @ 7:42 at 7:42
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          pseudo christian spouting fairy tales, again.

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 12:05 at 12:05
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      Retard they want their country back.

      • Feb 16, 2018 @ 12:32 at 12:32
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        Far from retarded. They want “their” cities back from who? Who says it was theirs? Them? You?

        • Feb 16, 2018 @ 15:55 at 15:55
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          the time for talk is over

          • Feb 16, 2018 @ 18:10 at 18:10
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            Your right, time four talk is over. Ill take Israel over Syria any day of the week. They’ve only kicked their butts 5 times in extremely one sided wars. The US has the most advanced military in the world with the most resources, bar none. You think President Trump is scared of Iran, hez, or Russia?

            Your just a clueless Russia troll.

          • Feb 16, 2018 @ 18:29 at 18:29
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            iVaN the Terrible Crybaby,

            Head over to Syrua. Hezbola needs more Human Shields.

          • Feb 16, 2018 @ 18:51 at 18:51
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            time for barking Iranians

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 18:21 at 18:21
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      Read Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39 and also psalm 83

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 21:21 at 21:21
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      As invader US and Israel have no business in Syria, they can not just grab part of Syria and settle down. In the long term they will lose just like in Vietnam and Iraq.

      • Feb 17, 2018 @ 9:04 at 9:04
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        Assad is going to kick US out …. Surprised?

        Just watch the show

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 9:53 at 9:53
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    This time the russians knows the response that they will get.
    Let’s see for how longthe US and Russia will be able to keep their clashes at “proxy level”.
    Let’s see if the russian will provide air cover for the offensive in the South and if Israel will tollerate russian jets straying in its airspace…

    About the 200+ Wagner Group operators reported killed by DEBKA I don’t know how realistic this figure is …
    About a year ago DEBKA reported a clash in the lybian desert between UK/Italian Special Forces and Lybian militias… they reported casulaties and injuried on the italian side but in Italy there was no word about it and Italy isn’t the place where you can hide the death of a soldier…

    DEBKA often provides information that aren’t idependently veriable.

      • Feb 17, 2018 @ 9:22 at 9:22
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        All fake created to feel good after the disastrous F16 shot down

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:51 at 10:51
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      True, but the Russian merc story did turn out to be correct.

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 11:08 at 11:08
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      That story turned out to be largely true, was repeated and confirmed by other international sources, and then quashed in Italy and UK. Not denied, quashed, so, while not 100% verified as you didn’t see a NY Times story break it, the Italian and UK govts buried the story for operational reasons, and i think despite that, Italian newspapers confirmed at least the Italian half.
      I wouldnt be using that as proof that this one isn’t true.

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:50 at 10:50
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    My money is on another SAA whipping. The iranians & Russians might want to miss that show.

    • Feb 17, 2018 @ 9:06 at 9:06
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      Lol …with Iran and Russia plus his new missiles by train loads… Assad said..come on in

      Fact is Syria is out of bound for all Israeli planes now

    • Feb 17, 2018 @ 16:46 at 16:46
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      no i predict a murica whipping

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:54 at 10:54
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    “Syrian air defenses spread out ” you mean RUSSIAN air defenses

    as said before , one of two things will happen when syria,iran ,hizbola ,russia and russian proxy push in

    1) if they will get into U.S controlled land, they will get obliterated
    2) They dont push into U.S controlled land and nothing happens

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  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 11:16 at 11:16
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    so what syria wants is to lose all there air defense capability

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 11:19 at 11:19
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    Intellectuals do not believe in Gods word and so they can not grasp how the story ends. It ends in the total destruction of Damascus by the western/IDF forces in a retaliation strike after the Russian Iranian axis overstepped their red lines. Hisbollah will launch rockets into Isreal.Hamas will cause trouble and the Turks will so as well. ISAJA 17 shows us the outlines while debka confirms it by everyday puzzling reality into prophecy. It is very obvious. A short brutal war that leads into a 7 year peace treaty with Israel signed by a trustworthy European politician (Macron maybe).After 3 1/2 years he will turn on the Jews and show is real colors. By then it is obvious to most people in Israel and the world that God is real and that the son he once send to earth was not only not a fairytale but he was the Messiah ,pierced for our transgressions and shun by his own people. I hope this helps to make you see the light once the tribulation(Jacobs trouble)begins. We are talking days and weeks now. It can happen any minute now.
    Yeshua is real but his time for grace ends with the beginning of Israels war. He fight for Israel(6day war etc)but he wants us to acknowledge his majesty. Do not trust the news or man who tell fables. Trust in the one who can save you from everlasting death.
    Shalom sabat

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 12:10 at 12:10
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    i think Syria has only 1 or 2 close range russian air defence hardware pieces as the syrian gov must be pretty bankrupt and not producing much oil to sell.. and thats not enough sophisticated air defenses to cover and counter further US Israeli arial offensives.

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 12:15 at 12:15
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    i dont think the russians will shoot down israeli or US jets they leaving it up to the syrians hoping they will buy s300 and 400’s

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  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 13:43 at 13:43
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    What is Syrian Army anyway? They all died or deserted in first year of uprising against Assad. Remaining able bodied men fled to Europe. So who really fights in Syria?

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 16:19 at 16:19
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      ‘Syria’, the post Zionist world war I state entity is a neo imperial territorial state nationality. A coalition of ethnic religious groups and big state actors are the ‘Syrian’ army. Who really fights for the idolatrous jewish state entity?

      • Feb 18, 2018 @ 10:48 at 10:48
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        lemme guess, loudmouthed troll “ivan” hasn’t heard of israelis? rotflmfao. really.

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  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 16:18 at 16:18
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    Good the Syrians have a right to defend their country against those who arm train fund provide logistical support to terrorists just like any other country?

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 16:19 at 16:19
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    Every clash in this war theatre you should know that someone is learning something valuable so why not sacrifice some few souls, it’s a matter of time before all data put together will lead to something nasty.

    Let’s wait and see!

    • Feb 17, 2018 @ 8:44 at 8:44
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      So far, the Russians have learned the following: American bombs hurt like hell.

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 16:35 at 16:35
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    I would not like the prospect of going mano a’ mano against the U.S. military, especially under “Mad Dog Mattis”. Trump took the leash off Mattis and the U.S. military. Unlike Obama, Mattis will be calling the shots and he will reach his objective with overwhelming force quickly.

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 18:41 at 18:41
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    If we’re talking bible doesn’t it say Israel is destroyed after Damascus

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 19:37 at 19:37
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      NEVER AGAIN!
      COMPARE GENESIS 12:3 AND ISAIAH 17:1 AND THINK AGAIN!

    • Feb 17, 2018 @ 5:51 at 5:51
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      No, it’s not destroyed at that time but greatly weakened. The first tier of hostile entities surrounding Israel (Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria etc.) will be fully destroyed at that first clash but Israel will be left weakened. Then her farther 2nd-tier enemies (catalogued in Ez. 38 – notice absence of Syria, it’ll have been annihilated by that time) will descend into the void and make havoc, but will be destroyed by the returning Lord Jesus at the moment they are all seen triumphant on the hills of Israel. Such is one of the few very likely scenarios.

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 20:43 at 20:43
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    It’s hard to sort out things in the fog of war..But it seems unlikely the Iranians penetrated stealthily the Israeli air space whilst under Israeli watch which includes ground and sat ..immediately following a feb 7 blitz by the Americans in Syria …..while the israeli jet shot down was very real it would seem the drone was more likely Israeli inspired..because one video showed it being blown to pieces ,countless ones at that,.. and we also got reports it was made to land intact for study..so was the drone story just possible a pretense for the attack on dozens of already predesignated targets?

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 21:04 at 21:04
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    The Russians can certainly provide the Syrian army with enough hardware to lock up its airspace against Israeli strikes. Once the Syrians are capable of warding off IAF then their coalition will kick the Russian infidels out of Syria. Putin needs Israel to keep the Muslims in check and Putin’s employer (Russian energy industry) needs IRG to force Israel to sell its undersea gas fields to Rosneft i.e.he wants no Israeli competition in the European energy market.
    Russia’s strategic vision is a s follows: exercise a Russian energy monopoly in Europe i.e. use Europe as a cash cow in order to build up the Russian military-industrial complex to a point where Russia/Iran can de-facto take over Saudi’s oil fields. At that point India and China will pay rubbles for oil, the USD will cease to be a reserve currency hence the US will not be able to finance its Army by accruing more debt; Russia will be the only superpower still standing. As a superpower it will control Venezuelan, Mexican and Nigerian oil plus useful idiots on US university campuses. At that point the US will disintegrate into a plethora of separate small states just like the USSR did.
    Too bad a single innovation (horizontal drilling) made Russia’s dreams kaput by making the US the largest energy producer and energy reserves holder in the world.

    • Feb 16, 2018 @ 23:02 at 23:02
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      That’s not a vision, and not strategic. It’s an anti-historical fantasy, and cultural death wish. Russia has been Christian since 986 AD. Its destiny is with the West, not Islamists.

  • Feb 16, 2018 @ 23:50 at 23:50
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    Really Assad has nothing to lose, the lack of indigenous manpower compared to the massive pro-Assad foreign presence, is none existence.

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  • Feb 17, 2018 @ 0:04 at 0:04
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    This is shaping up to be a conflict between the US and Russian supported forces. The crossing of the Euphrates by Russian supported forces will result in a great awaking by the Russian support Troops that they are totally out classed technically and the Shiite Muslim Army not up to fighting a technologically superior
    enemy. Hope Hezbollah brings lots of body bags with them.

  • Feb 17, 2018 @ 1:43 at 1:43
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    Israel and USA will be surprised. Not in good way. Underestimating your enemy would be the first and last mistake in a large scale war for small country. Russia and Iran being quiet is not a good sign. IMHO

  • Feb 17, 2018 @ 6:00 at 6:00
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    the main problem facing Israel in Lebanon, Syria, and Iran are the extensive networks of deep tunnels which contain missiles, missile parts, missile factories, troops, underground hospitals, armored vehicles, and even drone factories and troop reserves. Hezbollah and Iran are taking the philosophy and methods of the Viet Cong and NVA and preparing extensive tunnel systems with air filtration systems. These tunnel systems are immune to bombing and the soldiers, missiles, and drones within the tunnels can pop up anywhere. Iran has taken this approach to the nth degree and has buried its nuclear processing equipment, its missiles, and missile factories in deep tunnel systems where they can’t be hit by overhead bombing. Even nuclear weapons would only have limited effects against extensive underground facilities. If Israel has access to the US’s “Earthquake Weapon” or if Israel has its own earthquake generating weapons, it is time to move on to next generation technology, of generating small localized earthquakes, or infiltrating tunnel systems with thousands of micro-bot drones (probably not available yet), or mllions of insects or ants (for example bullet ants) with stings that would render tunnel locations unuseable. It is really time to go to technologies several generations in the future (or several generations in the past, such as infestation with ants). It is not worth risking pilots or troops to attack tunnel sites, although smart robots with bombs can enter them and blow them up at key locations that would collapse the tunnels.

  • Feb 17, 2018 @ 6:08 at 6:08
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    I got a feeling we are gonna see us cruise missiles flying again over Syria soon

  • Feb 17, 2018 @ 6:30 at 6:30
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    How dare the Syrians mount this act of aggression to retake their own territory….

  • Feb 17, 2018 @ 7:36 at 7:36
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    US and Israel armies fighting for Saudi King. Trump got paid. I don’t remember Netan got paid. He has to fight for the big master anyway. The yearly aid from USA comes with strings attached.

  • Feb 17, 2018 @ 7:46 at 7:46
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    In 1980s, Israel independent of all other western countries made the strategic decision of taking Iran side and help her especially the air force with sending parts and even technicians to repair the badly damaged F4 phantoms. Now, they are going to fill in for defeated ISIS army and entering war under direction of Saudis. History will judge Netan government to bring nation of Israel to such a low level

  • Feb 17, 2018 @ 8:20 at 8:20
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    All of this talk, like any man has the last say in Israel or Jerusalem. God had the first Say, and He will have the last Say. He has already Spoken His Word on this subject. The God of Abraham has established who will dwell in this land and Jerusalem. And Who Shall Rule it!! Yeshua Ha Mashiach Ha’Adon.

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      followed by kings.

  • Feb 17, 2018 @ 10:09 at 10:09
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    DARPA is working extensively on micro-bots that can be networked by the thousand or the million. Such tiny bots – each, for example, armed with a stinger and enough poison to kill one or more targets – could form teams of dozens, hundreds, or thousands, and could respond to programming to go after a certain person – Nasrallah for example. Or a program could tell the bots to go after everyone within 10 meters of Nasrallah. Or a really smart program combined with an audio bot (or programmed insect) could go after everyone listening to one of Nasrallah’s speeches in the various big open spaces where Hezbollah listens to his broadcasts. No bombs necessary. Bots could be programmed to listen for Nasrallah’s voice and then attack everyone in the vicinity. This future is already here and DARPA has been keeping it under wraps. DARPA does not share with Israel so I hope that the Technion has some of its scientists pursuing this. Tiny bots (or trained insects which they resemble) will be able to pursue targets by their smell or their DNA. Or their proximity to someone with certain DNA. Whomever develops these technologies first is going to have a huge advantage. A bot doesn’t have to be lethal, it only needs to spread around common cold germs or airborne flu particles to slow down or stop an entire army. If bots can be made area specific they would self-destruct or just “fall asleep” when they took care of all the targets within a certain perimeter. They are the smart weapon of the future.Bots could spread confusion by spraying soldiers with LSD mixed with DMSO (a harmless skin penetrating agent). Bots that emulate insects can be made to self – replicate or even to replicate by themselves, with no necessity for mating with another bot. There are already animals that have mutated to have this ability (Look up the marbled crayfish, which can clone itself.) The goal of war is to “capture the means of production intact,” unless you are engaged in a punitive war of some type. A country with a smart bot army that can infiltrate literally anywhere – including the deepest underground shelters, by tagging long like a bedbug on enemy soldier’s uniforms – can totally destroy the morale of an army or for that matter of a nation. Something as simple as an infestation of bedbugs is enough to drive armies and civilians crazy. Remember the plagus that the Lord cast upon Egypt, some of them sound like micro-biological warfare:
    Plagues:

    3.1 1. Water into blood (דָם): Ex. 7:14–24
    3.2 2. Frogs (צְּפַרְדֵּעַ): Ex. 7:25–8:15
    3.3 3. Lice (כִּנִּים): Ex. 8:16–19
    3.4 4. Mixture of wild animals or flies (עָרוֹב): Ex. 8:20–32
    3.5 5. Diseased livestock (דֶּבֶר): Ex. 9:1–7
    3.6 6. Boils (שְׁחִין): Ex. 9:8–12
    3.7 7. Thunderstorm of hail (בָּרָד): Ex. 9:13–35
    3.8 8. Locusts (אַרְבֶּה): Ex. 10:1–20
    3.9 9. Darkness for three days (חוֹשֶך): Ex. 10:21–29
    3.10 10. Death of firstborn (מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹת): Ex. 11:1–12:36

  • Feb 17, 2018 @ 13:08 at 13:08
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    Good, shoot down some more imperialist planes if they go rogue inside Syrian airspace. They want to behave like thugs, let them suffer consequences. Israel and its sugar daddy sponsor the US of A are standing on a moral high ground of quicksand in this game. They are clearly the aggressors in Syria. Its good their regime change project failed, on US tax payers dime of course.

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