Syrian army takes two rebel-held strategic points on way to Golan and Daraa

The Syrian army veered southwest Wednesday, June 20, to seize rebel-held Kfar Shams and Busra Al-Harir near the Israeli and Jordanian borders. Israel has not intervened as thousands flee the area under Syrian shelling, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. Syrian strategists, instead of launching the promised major offensive to capture rebel-held Quneitra opposite the Israeli Golan and Daraa on the Jordanian border, appear to be running the operation in small steps. Kfar Shams is situated north of Daraa and Busra al-Harir east of Quneitra (see attached map). The fall of Kfar Shams drives a hole in the rebel formations ranged along the Syrian-Israeli border and brings the Syrian army several kilometers closer to Israel’s Golan border; the fall of Busra al-Harir cuts the rebels’ supply lines from the north and severs their defense array along the Jordanian border.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad strategists in the Gaza Strip are not blind. They draw their own conclusions from the lack of IDF intervention as the Syrian Army moves closer to Israel’s northern border, despite high-sounding threats from Israel’s leaders.  Indeed, the Palestinian terrorist leaders seemed less concerned than the Israelis living near the Gaza Strip by the war drums of an approaching conflict beaten on Wednesday at the highest level by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot after a Palestinian barrage of 45 rockets. The joint communique issued by Hamas and Jihad in reply was defiant: It stressed an equation of “a bomb for a bomb!” and vowed: “The enemy will not be allowed to force its aggressive equation on our people and the resistance.”

For now, our military sources note, the Palestinian terrorists are being allowed to set the pace and make the rules of the contest with Israel. That is because Hamas has been able to challenge Israel from the Gaza Strip for four months without the IDF stalling its belligerent momentum.

 

 

 

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44 thoughts on “Syrian army takes two rebel-held strategic points on way to Golan and Daraa

  • Jun 21, 2018 @ 16:16 at 16:16
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    It’s seems israel can’t fight in two fronts, and this is not something israel can hide. It’s obvious

    • Jun 21, 2018 @ 16:52 at 16:52
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      When Israel starts fighting on both fronts in a way that makes a strong statement, you will know it, Henry.

      For now Shia are fighting Sunni and Sunni are fighting Shia – that is a win-win scenario for Israel and the world. The battle front is now getting too close for comfort and something will have to be done.

      On Gaza, that battle has become too political (made so by Israel as well). The political press, leftists and eyes of a gawking world that backs Terrorstinians must be moved away from the scene for the job of defending Israel to be made complete and terrorism ended for good. The leftists will always try to help terrorists as long as they have gated communities, someone else is saving their asses and battling for their freedom, and they do not have to fight themselves.

      • Jun 21, 2018 @ 17:19 at 17:19
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        If war between shia-sunni didn’t had a winner, then maybe you were right, but now the shia militia are winning and they have 2-3 country like iraq and Lebanon and syria in their pocket

        • Jun 21, 2018 @ 22:38 at 22:38
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          Worldwide Proof That Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, & Palestinians Have To Change And Exporting Hate Will Not Dominate.

          The World 10 Commandments Signs & Plagues Upon Iran:

          1. Iran is now fighting on Dozen Fronts and seeking more funding to do it while discontent rising within Iran.

          2. Germany’s Merkel calls for solutions to Iran’s ‘aggressive tendencies’. Merkle also voiced support for Jordanian concern about Iranian activity in southwestern Syria!

          3. U.S. government no longer will pay for Palestinian School Books that glorify terrorism and promote extremism. The Palestinian Authority (PA) and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) uses the radical material to educate about 300,000 students in grades 1 through 11 at hundreds of schools in Gaza and the West Bank. The curriculum and inciting materials are largely funded by the U.S., which is by far the UNRWA’s biggest financial supporter. Earlier this year the Trump administration slashed the funding by more than $300 million until the UNRWA, makes critical changes!

          4. Saudi Arabia: A year of change with a new crown prince!

          5. Russia have turned its back on Iran’s forces in Syria.

          6. The White House has begun preparations for summit between US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

          7. Saudi Arabia and Iran Face Off in Afghanistan.

          8. Iran and Israel face off in Syria.

          9. Iran is the heart of the problem in Yemen and incapable of playing the role of a neutral peace broker in the conflict.

          10. U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Iran, Designating Head of Central Bank a Terrorist & European powers propose new Iran sanctions to meet Trump ultimatum.

          The Blind Pride Before The Fall!

    • Jun 21, 2018 @ 21:10 at 21:10
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      Prime Minister Netanyahu is exactly focus on what Israel must Target and that is Iran over the Palestinians, Hamas, and Hezbollah for right now. As the Defeat of ISIS in both Iraq and Syria is a near a Fate-Accomplish without question. Regardless, Iran will continue to maintain a strong foothold in Syria as Recompense for its support Assad’s Regime throughout the civil war. But things change fast in the Middle East among Enemies and Friends and that has always been the Arab Way even when Persia Ruled until Alexander ended Darius III it as well?

      However, Iran’s Miscalculation Ambitions to the Region’s Hegemonic Leader is totally dependent upon Syria as the Keystone to return Iran’s Influence in the Gulf to the Mediterranean. The Arab-Israel-American Coalition has formed to stop that from Day One and why POTUS Trump First Trip Abroad was to Saudi Arabia.

      DEBKA was right to point out that the Israeli-Palestinian Current Conflict was put on the back burner and could be A Terrible Mistake. The World thinks Netanyahu will negotiate a Peace Agreement with the Palestinians now in the context of a Comprehensive Arab-Israeli Peace. Claiming Bibi in so doing, will neutralize the Palestinian Threat and will potentially mitigate the Iranian Menace but that plays into Iran’s Hand????

      As I see it, Hamas, Hezbollah are now solely dependent on Iran and POTUS Obama Billions Embolden Iran Proxy Export Plans and why Iran can continue such Plans right now. Iran’s involvement in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq is not new and precedes the Syrian Civil War by several Decades. Tehran will continue to establish Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon so they can can open not just 2 but 3 Fronts with Syria against Israel.

      Instead of using the Obama Billion Hand Out to Iran as means towards Peace and Prosperity for Persian People. The Iranian Regime chose to Waste such Money to make more Missiles and Weapons for Hamas-Hezbollah and Proxy Wars? This was and now is a Fateful Mistake, not so Obvious now. Nonetheless, Iran’s involvement in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq is not new and precedes the Syrian Civil War by several Decades.

      In my view, No Matter what happens Hamas and Hezbollah will refuse any Opportunity for Peace at anytime. They only exists because of Tehran Billionaire Milk Supports them.

      Iran and the PLO now are being cut off from be funded to fight for their own existence. While Arab-Israel-American Coalition continue to work on

      In the meantime, Israel’s IDF Command are buying time but has to keep on the possibility of hostilities break out between against Syria-Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah. Therefore, the Coalition has been preparing to stop or change Iran that has been the Sole Instigator of these Proxy Hostilities in the first place.

      It is Timing Problem as I see it. Iran may very well continue to force Israel to fight on 3 Fronts and then provide the Palestinians on the West Bank the opportunity to rise against as well. No question that would bring many Problems for Israel, but the same problems would carry over for the Arabia-American Coalition.

      This is why the one way to cut off the Milk of Billions from Iran to Hams, Hezbollah, and Palestinians is to cause Chaos and Uprisings within Iran itself, watch Russia stand by and allow it to happen, and the Renewal of Sanctions weaken Iran every day now as seen what is happening in Yemen.

      Alternatively, Netanyahu stated a while ago in Argentina that “The Regime In Tehran Aspires To Plant Its Flag Atop The Ruins Of The Free World. It Continues To Threaten To Annihilate Israel.”

      It has only been less than 600 Days since Washington-Riyadh-Jerusalem decided to take on Iran’s Mischievous and Destabilizing Discontent Conduct in the Region by ending the POTUS Obama’s Nuclear Lifeline Deal just a few Months ago.

      Moreover, Netanyahu understands the Danger that Emanates from Iran’s Military presence in Syria, only a few miles from the Border of the Golan Heights. This is why To that end, he also conferred with Russia’s President Putin, expressing in no uncertain terms that Israel will not tolerate such an outcome once ISIS is defeated.

      At the “Right Time” just when Iran thinks it is at its Highest Point of Causing More Terrorism Actions, Russia will Conclude Abandoning Iran is exactly Right by being Welcomed Back into the G-7, Peace-Lease Crimea Treaty whereby POTUS Trump brings Ukrainian-Russia, and Iran being cutoff from Billions and Military Resupplies as it spends its Billions propping up will bring Iran Own Demise and in that way, the support for Hamas, Yemen, Hezbollah and Palestinians continues to dry up as well.

      It should be noted that while ISIS’ defeat is all but certain, by all military calculations it will take at least six months to bring about its demise. In the interim, Iran is systematically consolidating its presence in Syria by increasing its military hardware, including short- and medium-range rockets, with no objection from Assad, who views Iran’s continuing presence for the foreseeable future as pivotal to his hold on power.

      Although Moscow-Washington-Riyadh can support Netanyahu’s position, all need time to continue to undermine Iran from within and not just without.

      Even if Tehran, Hamas, and Hezbollah fire off 200,000 Short and Medium-Range Rockets and do so each day for nearly seven months.

      Such a Major Breakout of Hostilities would be an IDF Nightmarish Scenario, it would be met with a IDF No Choice to Retaliate and Take Out the Iran Regime that would be joined by Arab-American and Russian Coalition.

      What few suspect is even Syria will turn on Iran once chaos is seen within Iran Itself and it will be far easier to Take the Robber’s in Robes Regime from without as well.

      The Bottom Line, Israel without a doubt will survive but the Iranian Regime will be in disarray and instead of Syria, Yemen, and Iraq being in chaos will be overwhelmed with no one helping them and bring about their demise and ending of Iranian Rogue’s Robes Ruling anymore. Funny, but these Iranian Fools by creating Hamas and Hezbollah Missiles choosing to Fund Them actually will do in all 3 at the Right Time.

      It is not so Obvious as many think because Oil Wealth has made the Iranian Theocracy more Oblivious that their Time Is Up and leaving the only calculated question when such a Conflagration of Iranian Chaos will occur.

      These are my views and I welcome and happy for anyone to challenge and correct my view by anyone.

    • Jun 21, 2018 @ 22:22 at 22:22
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      henry, dont confuse can’t and choosing not too. Sooner or later the israelis will get sick of the arabs shit and then its pay back time. Western states traditionally use war as a last recourse, not the first one.

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 0:35 at 0:35
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      That is because we have not started fighting, when we do I promise that even you will see it.

      • Jun 22, 2018 @ 8:24 at 8:24
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        History has shown when Iran does Start to Fight with its own IRG Forces…..Iran does not always End Up As They Expected and neither their Proxy Fighters being Massacre, just ask Yemen.

        I would be cautious if I was Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah about starting a War because New Wars always seem to have uncertain outcomes. Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah Past Records are not exactly Victories that come to mind. They all start off screaming they will cut off many heads and make many Martyrs with Grand Claims of Fame that their People will always remember them.

        Yet, the ones that do Die under Iranian, Hamas, and Hezbollah are soon Forgotten in the Fogs of Wars they Start but cannot Finish. whether it is One Front, 2 Fronts, or 3 Fronts it will just mean more Forgotten Iranians, Hamas, and Hezbollah Proxies that are Buried One Day in Boxes.

        Americans are Known to Favor Individual Freedom for All and why Free Men and Women Fight Better and Smarter than Fanatics Told to Die for their Leader’s Religious Relegation, Mullah That Hide While Others Die, or even become Allies with Godless Communism that do not believe dying for any Religion, just so long as the State Dictates death to wards their Subjects.

        While Sons and Daughters of Abraham, Israeli’s and Judaism believe in “Life is for Living Culture, while Death is not a Goal to attain at anytime, but will happen sooner if you choose it.

        The Truth is only the Living can remember and those that have Died as Directed and Demanded by Others are vastly Forgotten as well as when Losing Wars they thought they could Win??? But, No… they will just forget.

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 3:18 at 3:18
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      Its obvious you have no idea.

    • Jun 23, 2018 @ 0:15 at 0:15
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      Israel can and has fought wars on various fronts, and won. The difference here is how each is being approached. Iran is in Syria, not Gaza which is largely isolated. Hamas fires rockets and kites, while heavy artillery and major weapons exist in Syria, and targeting them would upset Iran’s main backer, Russia. Hitting Gaza would only upset UNHRC and ACRI. Different fronts, different players, different weapons, different levels of threat.

  • Jun 21, 2018 @ 17:10 at 17:10
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    you mean the iranians ands hizbila dressed as the syrian army

    gj israel!!! keep it up , let them come closer to the israeli border!

  • Jun 21, 2018 @ 17:20 at 17:20
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    IDF WILL ALWAYS WIN WHEN THEIR BACK IS AGAINST THE WALL!

    • Jun 21, 2018 @ 18:51 at 18:51
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      Of course, one having a small machine shop, could find a rock chip felled from the wall’s blocks and fashion 2 small dildos, one for Lieberman and one for Eizenkot.
      This could ensure good motivational and, as a consequence, an easier win.

    • Jun 21, 2018 @ 21:36 at 21:36
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      Agree, The Heart Thoughts Of Abraham, Bravery Brains of David, Will Prevail over Giant Goliath’s and Solomon’s Wisdom Of Israel’s Friendship To All Nations Makes Great Neighbors Sooner Or Later After The Bullies Are Change Or Gone!

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 14:45 at 14:45
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      Nobody ever wins with the backs against the wall . The statement is paradoxical crap , and has only meaning in British museum of crap and freaky swordsmen . French or other nations never use it , since it means defeat.Israel should do what is good for itself and its people , and maybe start thinking for a change in different ways , other that those of American way of infantile.

  • Jun 21, 2018 @ 18:35 at 18:35
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    Would it not be better for us to have the Syrian Army in control of this territory rather than these head chopping savages?

    I’m aware that we have been allied with these groups for many years now but is this / was ever wise to continue once the Russians got involved?

    So what if Hezbollah helps the Syrian Army remove these Wabbies and lets focus on making some money rebuilding the country.

    • Jun 23, 2018 @ 0:18 at 0:18
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      The “head chopping” Wahabbis are not in southwestern Syria. ISIS is in the north and towards Iraq on East. Syrian-born rebels on in the Southwest, and they aren’t as much of a problem as having Hizbullah and Iranian forces parked next to the Israeli border with bases and weapons factories already being set up.

  • Jun 21, 2018 @ 18:36 at 18:36
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    Please tell us you are NOT going to fly balloons with candy towards them.

  • Jun 21, 2018 @ 19:07 at 19:07
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    the “media” try to make Israel out to be the evil in all thats going on in mid-east..they should allow the palestinians come & go as they please and if they want to kill or harm Israelites they got every right to do so…what a world we live in..sad Israel should destroy any “army” or radical civilians attacking their border just as any country would…there’s a reason Israel hasn’t been destroyed and hamas etc etc will find out pretty soon who the “protector” is and it’s not muhhamid ….sand fleas

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 10:39 at 10:39
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      Jake,

      Israel should mind its fcukin business. Thy started the whole thing by providing all kind of support to ISIS (medical, logistical, intel, weapons,…) with the sole purpose of toppling Assad. Israel never expected that the Russians will get involved. And also Iranians. All on the request of the legitimate Syrian government. Without the Iranians and the Hesbollah forces, ISIS would be much, much more difficult to deal with. So they (with the invaluable assistance of the Russian air force) made a huge contribution to the victory.

      I do agree that Israel has the right to defend itself, but they really are playing by double standards. Israel is attacking targets on foreign sovereign soil, they are conducting assassinations abroad, they really do fit the description of a terrorist country.

      • Jun 23, 2018 @ 0:23 at 0:23
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        This is definitely israel’s business because Iran and Hizbullah made it so with their unhidden intentions. This all began when Assad, not Israel, wholesale bombed once-peaceful protests which led to homegrown rebels, and Turkey opened the borders to allow ISIS-terrorists to enter the conflict. Syria is welcome to do what they want in their borders but iran, hizbullah, and ALL Shia terrorists who have ill-intent to Israel must leave the area.

        Israel and Syria remain at war, so sovereignty has no part of the equation here since Syria acts as an aggressor in allowing threats to Israel from its territory. Remove the threats and Israel refrains from its legal attacks on those assets. Speaking of which – the targets by Israel have been ONLY military assets, and mostly Iranians, AND at times of the night when civilian casualties would be near zero.

  • Jun 21, 2018 @ 20:09 at 20:09
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    InshAllah

    • Jun 21, 2018 @ 22:20 at 22:20
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      No allah, Just Challah.

      • Jun 22, 2018 @ 3:40 at 3:40
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        INSHCHALLAH?

  • Jun 21, 2018 @ 22:49 at 22:49
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    It looks pretty obvious to me that the rebels and Israel are drawing Iran into ANOTHER trap by allowing them to expose themselves with no way to escape but back up a narrow valley. All Israel has to do is cut off the path with airpower and the Iranians are surrounded. The Iranians are not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  • Jun 22, 2018 @ 2:16 at 2:16
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    Golan/Southern Lebanon/ Gaza/Mediterranean gas fields: When the shit hits the fan from all sides, Israel will have no choice but to strike directly at the sources dropping heavy payloads non-stop where it hurts on Damascus, Beirut, and Tehran. It’s probably more than likely Israel will be the first country since Hiroshima to release a nuke payload to get the point across to their neighbours.

    • Jun 23, 2018 @ 7:59 at 7:59
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      And if this nuclear war expands such that Russia enters? How well can Israel absorb a nuclear attack?

  • Jun 22, 2018 @ 2:44 at 2:44
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    Russia will not abandon Assad. By the same token the USA will not abandon Israel. We can analyze scenario after scenario but remember there is an American aircraft carrier right there.

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 8:50 at 8:50
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      I recall when Nasser’s Egypt invited the Russians in later it was not the Russians that Abandon Egypt it was the Egyptians that threw the Russians out, but in Afghanistan the Russians did Abandon the Puppets they left in the 1990s and the USSR later broke up leaving Russia Abandon again!

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 10:41 at 10:41
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      @Arnishel,

      … which can be transformed into a submarine in about half an hour…

  • Jun 22, 2018 @ 3:06 at 3:06
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    Everyone in Gaza is going to die. Also half of Israel, another 20 million in the countries surrounding Israel. Also, probably one missile each with “Paris” and “Berlin” on it.

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 9:33 at 9:33
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      Nice Death and Destruction Divination Predictions but I prefer Positive Prophecies for All Middle Eastern Cultures and People that make Life is Worth for Living.

      I prefer all seek out Ways all of the Middle East can come together under the One G-d with different names that gave the same Covenants to Abraham, Ishmael and Issac with Jesus and Mohamed being Great Messengers!

      The Wise King Solomon Famous for his Wisdom that built the First Great Holy Temple. The Israelite’s and Judea’s rebelled against God ended up in captivity for their disobedience. Eventually, the Persian People Conquer the Babylonians.

      The Great Persian King Cyrus whose own Name means “Like The Sun” govern over the Jewish People and sent them back to Judea to rebuild the Second Holy Temple and to Worship Freely in Truth once again.

      It was in the first year of Cyrus the Persian King made a decree gave orders to rebuild God’s Temple in Jerusalem with logs and stones from Lebanon to Joppa by sea. There was a time when Persian and Jews lived, worked, traded and prosper together.

      This is the Prophecy I prefer would happen again. Iran and Israel would be far better off together again making the entire Middle East a region of Multicultural Horticultural Powers sharing Milk, Honey, and Crops together, not just in the Mideast Region, but Globally. The Desert has proven to be the ideal Mecca of Agricultural once water is abundant upon it from Mountains Rains filling Reservoirs, Groundwater Aquifers among Oasis of Oil, Water,and Solar Sun Power.

      Enemies can become Friends and Families just as The Lord taught Abraham to practice with Ishmael, Issac and the World and as Descendants of King Solomon became King Cyrus Greatest Benefactors that all Ravi Honor in King Cyrus’s Time and Forever in Jewish Cultural History.

  • Jun 22, 2018 @ 3:18 at 3:18
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    I favor a coastal attack by the US against the Hezbollah in part to re tribute for their attack on our Marines several decades ago. This should be done in coordination with Israel. Jordan should strike the West Bank. Egypt should occupy Gaza. Saudis Arabia and Israel should strike Iran, both have good but separate reasons. Iran is trying to destroy Saudi Arabia via Yemen. Israel is tired of existential threats by Iran.

    Russia and Damascus need to stand aside.

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 9:44 at 9:44
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      If War is inevitable due to Iran’s Theocratic Kooks seeking Nukes to destroy other Cultures, Nations, and People let it be upon them for choosing such Destruction. Israel, America, Arab Coalition, and Russia all the Geography, Military, and Intelligence to Remove the Regime and free the Persian People to create their own Free Republic of Persia again. The World is better off with Persian Participation Partners Cooperation of Wisdom instead of Exporting Proxy Wars of Hate and Destruction.

      • Jun 22, 2018 @ 10:47 at 10:47
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        Ginger,

        Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. The USA is the main exporter of Proxy wars all over the world. And that is by far!

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 10:44 at 10:44
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      How about a retribution for the Israeli attack on the US Marines? Google the USS Liberty incident of 1967.

      • Jun 22, 2018 @ 14:54 at 14:54
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        How about you post a retribution video on youtube of you and your whore mother smiling and drinking from a bucket of gasoline together. That would be quite memorable. I would pay to view it.

  • Jun 22, 2018 @ 13:32 at 13:32
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    YHWH told Isaiah and Jeremiah to write down the future of Syria. That future is taking place before our eyes, yet mankind remains in denial.

    Isaiah 17
    Jeremiah 49:23-27

    Period.

  • Jun 22, 2018 @ 14:54 at 14:54
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    Israel is completing underground barrier around Gaza Strip to contain any use of combat tunnels from Gaza. This is the reason that Israel stops short before full-fledged conflict.
    As about number of fronts there is difference ,since in any case use of land forces will be limited ( small units raids rather than frontal assault) and for the air force and missiles the difference between northern and eastern front is infinitesimal .

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 18:32 at 18:32
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      Regarding Gaza… Isaiah 11:14 foretells a different scenario, one that does involve full-fledged conflict and conquest.

  • Jun 22, 2018 @ 17:20 at 17:20
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    Good for Syria, the common people of that county did not deserve the misery of the last 5 or 6 years say what you want about Assad nobody heard to much about Syria until certain powers tried to remove that government?

  • Jun 23, 2018 @ 7:55 at 7:55
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    If you make a copy of this article and substitute the word “rebels” for “terrorists”, while substituting the word “terrorists” for “rebels” – the result will be an article which is just as truthful as the one that Debka has published. Good job Debka. Someone should award Debka the “George Orwell Prize of Newspeak”.

  • Jun 26, 2018 @ 4:22 at 4:22
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    It looks like Iran/Syria are planning a feint in the Golan and will instead attack through Jordan.
    Iran is a paper tiger. No refinery of ownit’s own, limited sources of electric power and one port. Failing economy to boot.
    Israel will make them pay hard and Gaza is hardly a front. They are a flea biting a bear.

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