Israel Attacks Syrian Air Base?

Ok, somebody attacked an anti-aircraft battery at a Syrian air base this morning. If Israel did it, they're being tight lipped about their involvement. Reports from Arab media are that the attack came from the sea, but the same reports claim that Israeli fighters were seen over Lebanon en route, so make of that what you will. These are Arab media reports, so expect a high level of confusion wrapped in propaganda wrapped in another layer of lies.

But, still, Israel isn't denying involvement .... yet. And if it was Israel, then what does it mean for the war effort overall? The Israelis are between a rock and a hard place here. They hate Assad, who supports both Hezbollah and as a conduit for Iranian money to Hamas, but Assad at least is predictable. And the rebels? Well, we know how that is working out.

So, what's the play here? This may simply be Israel trying to level the playing field a bit. Over the past two months momentum has shifted away from the rebels towards Assad. Maybe Israel just wants to help the rebels drag this thing on for a bit longer?

Then again, they may have weighed both sides and decided the rebels were the lesser of two evils here. JPost:

A Syrian air defense base near the port city of Latakia was completely destroyed on Thursday morning in a missile attack from the sea, Arab media reported.

According to reports emanating from the rebels seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, a large explosion occurred near the army base in Latakia on Wednesday night. Witness posted on Twitter that the explosion happened near coastal city Jableh, 30 kilometers south of Latakia, a stronghold of Assad's Alawites.

We'll try to update if and when there's more to know.

Posted by: Rusty at 12:00 PM


1 I can't see how this would help the rebels as they have noairpower to for the air defense base to be concerned about. The only way it could be useful is if either the rebels were getting their mangy paws on a few helicopters or, more likely, Isreal wants a clear flightpath for subsequent raids.

Posted by: Neal5x5 at October 31, 2013 12:33 PM

2 Hmmm, could be. Haven't heard from my inside sources of any activity. Don't trust Reuters or AP for correct info though.

Posted by: Bubbe at October 31, 2013 02:00 PM

3 No Syrian or any other crazed fanatic in that area needs Sam-8's.

Posted by: Kafiroon at October 31, 2013 03:25 PM

4 Prep for the upcoming Iran show.

Posted by: Dismal Dave at October 31, 2013 04:06 PM

5 Israel attacked the air base, because they found intelligence that the Syrians were transporting missiles to Hezbollah, who would then use it in Lebanon to attack Israel. Don't forget Hezbollah are operating in Syria helping Assad and his forces.

Posted by: Birbal Dhar at November 01, 2013 05:17 AM

6 Several scenario's present them selves.
1. While on a mission near the SAB the Syrian AAA/AAM radar locked up the IDF and the IDF responded with hard copy instead of RADAR.
2. IDF testing responses of missile RADAR and crews with a real attack for ELINT/ECM.
3. Dismal Dave @ 4 Could be a real time test prior to Iran show.
4. perhaps the Air Base had it's own Jets in the air and one thing led to another and pay back is a MoFo.
5. Who cares...Muslim's died and no big breasted Blonde women were killed or injured.

Posted by: obsidian at November 01, 2013 10:48 AM

7 Then accident blamed on the Juice could be the case.
Maybe the Syrian's managed to blow up their own base and blame the Juice.

Posted by: obsidian at November 01, 2013 10:49 AM

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