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Syria Crisis: News, Updates & Discussion

Discussion in 'Greater Asia & Middle East' started by Hembo, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. BMD

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    "ADMS" Pechora-2M "hit by the latest US drone the MQ-1" the Predator "in Syria

    http://vpk-news.ru/news/36345

    Syrian air defenses in the sky in the north of the province of Latakia found a strange aircraft. The target was fired upon, destroy it.
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    Competent US authorities were forced to confirm that around 17:40 GMT (19 hours and 40 minutes of Damascus time) lost contact with the remote-controlled aircraft the MQ-1 «Predator», flying in north-west Syria.

    "According to the Turkish media,« Predator »was flying with the US Air Force base in Incirlik in Turkey, which was based 4 of US drones in recent years.

    "The MQ-1, apparently was hit by" Pechora-2M ", as close to the crash site of the wreckage of an American spy was discovered by anti-aircraft rocket boosters of this complex. Everything indicated that the Syrians lacked a rocket ", - said Yuri Ljamin.


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    Armed Syrian armed forces are made up of 12 of the modernized complex "Pechora-2M". At present, they "learned" time to shoot down a variety of objects, including cruise missiles and aircraft "Stealth" Modified missiles were able to "catch up" targets flying at a speed of 1000 m / s at a height of 20 m to 25 km, at a distance 28 km.

    The complex used modern digital technology, which greatly improved the ability to detect the attacking aircraft. Moreover, flush job option entered thermal channel, which allows, without revealing themselves, pinpoint enemy.

    Minsk chassis MZKT-8021 significantly increased the mobility characteristics: SAM is moving at speeds up to 60 km / h, very quickly change position and go from retaliation.

    The only problem is that these systems are not too many, and they can not take control of all the country's airspace.
     
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  2. layman

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    Syria conflict: 'Huge explosion' rocks Damascus airport
    [​IMG]Image copyrightAFP
    Image captionA photo taken from a rebel-held town showed what appeared to be a blaze at Damascus airport
    A large explosion has hit an area near Damascus international airport, a monitoring group says.

    "The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    The airport lies about 25 km (15 miles) south-east of Syria's capital.

    The explosion was reportedly followed by a large fire. There are no reports of any casualties. The cause of the blast on Thursday is unclear.

    Al-Manar TV, run by Lebanon's Shia militant movement Hezbollah, reports that the explosion may have been caused by an Israeli air strike. It said it had only caused material damage.

    Air strikes, said to have been carried out by Israel, have hit sites in Syria on numerous occasions, reportedly targeting weapons shipments for Hezbollah.

    Israeli intelligence minister, Israel Katz, said the strike near Damascus was "compatible with Israel's policy" of preventing the transfer of arms.

    The minister, who spoke on army radio, would not directly confirm Israel was responsible for the attack but said that Israel reserves the right to operate when required.

    Hezbollah fought a war with Israel in 2006 and has been fighting in Syria as an ally of the government for several years. Israel considers weapons obtained by the militant movement inside Syria a threat.

    Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011. The conflict has killed more than 320,000 people and, after more than six years, no political solution to the fighting is in sight.

    While Damascus has remained relatively insulated from the violence, fighting between the military and rebels has erupted near the capital in recent months.

    Last month, there were reports that Syrian government forces were bombarding eastern areas of Damascus after rebel fighters launched a surprise offensive.

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    Hellfire Devil's Advocate Staff Member MODERATOR

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    That was my assumption as well, an Israeli airstrike.
     
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    The s300 has failed again, if it's an Israeli strike . In the heart of Damascus . They probably used f16s
     
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    Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport: sources
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    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Angus McDowall

    ReutersApril 27, 2017
    A still image taken from a video posted to a social media website and said to be shot on April 27, 2017, shows explosions and rising flames amid lights in distance, said to be shot in Damascus"
    A video posted to social media shows explosions and rising flames, said to be in Damascus. Social Media Website via Reuters TV
    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Angus McDowall

    AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli warplanes struck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said.

    Video carried on Arab TV and shared on social media showed the pre-dawn air strikes caused a fire around the airport east of the Syrian capital, suggesting fuel sources or weapons containing explosives were hit.

    Syrian state media said Israeli missiles hit a military position southwest of the airport, but did not mention arms or fuel. It said "Israeli aggression" had caused explosions and some material losses, but did not expand on the damage.

    In a sign of the heightened tensions surrounding a conflict that has already caught up regional and international powers, Damascus' ally Russia criticised the Israeli strike and said Syrian sovereignty should be respected.

    Israel does not usually comment on action it takes in Syria. But Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, speaking to Army Radio from the United States, appeared to confirm involvement.

    "The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel's policy to act to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah," he said.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had "said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicates an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act", he added.

    An Israeli military spokeswoman said: "We can't comment on such reports."

    Two senior rebel sources in the Damascus area, citing monitors in the eastern outskirts of the capital, said there were five strikes on an ammunition depot used by Iran-backed militias.

    Lebanon's al-Manar television, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, said early indications were that the strikes targeted warehouses and fuel tanks. It said there no casualties.

    RUSSIA AND IRAN BACK ASSAD

    President Bashar al-Assad is backed in Syria's six-year-old civil war by Russia, Iran and regional Shi'ite Muslim militias. These include Hezbollah, a close ally of Tehran and enemy of Israel, which describes the group as the biggest threat it faces on its borders. The two fought a month-long war in 2006.

    In comments in an interview with Venezuelan television carried by state news agency SANA, Assad said Israel was supporting terrorists with military strikes in Syria; but he made no direct mention of Thursday's attack. SANA did not say when the interview was recorded.

    Syrian military defectors familiar with the functioning of the airport during the war said on Thursday that it plays a major role as a conduit for arms from Tehran.

    Alongside military planes, a number of commercial cargo aircraft fly from Iran to resupply arms to Hezbollah and other groups, passing through Iraqi airspace, the defectors said.

    As well as weapons, hundreds of Shi'ite militia fighters from Iraq and Iran have been flown to Damascus international airport, they said.

    Intelligence sources put their numbers at 10,000 to 20,000 and say they play a significant role in military campaigns launched by the Syrian army.

    Israel has largely kept out the war in Syria, but officials have consistently referred to two red lines that have prompted a military response in the past - any supply of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, and the establishment of "launch sites" for attacks on Israel from the Golan Heights region.

    Speaking in Moscow on Wednesday, where he was attending a security conference, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman reiterated that Israel "will not allow Iranian and Hezbollah forces to be amassed on the Golan Heights border".

    Lieberman held talks with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as part of efforts by Israel to coordinate with Moscow on actions in Syria and avoid the risk of confrontation.

    A Defence Ministry statement said Lieberman had expressed concern to Russian ministers over "Iranian activity in Syria and the Iranian use of Syrian soil as a base for arms smuggling to Hezbollah in Lebanon".

    A Western diplomat said the air strikes sent a clear political message to Iran, effectively saying it could no longer use Iraqi and Syrian airspace to resupply proxies with impunity.


    Speaking to Reuters in Washington on Wednesday, Intelligence Minister Katz said he was seeking an understanding with the Trump administration that Iran not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria.

    Israeli officials estimate that Iran commands about 25,000 fighters in Syria, including members of its own Revolutionary Guard, Shi'ite militants from Iraq and recruits from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Israel has also said that Hezbollah has built up an arsenal of more than 100,000 rockets, many of which would be capable of striking anywhere within Israeli territory. The last conflict between the two left 1,300 people dead and uprooted more than a million Lebanese and 300,000 to 500,000 Israelis.

    (Additional reporting by Luke Baker in Jerusalem and Omar Fahmy in Cairo; Writing by Luke Baker, Editing by Angus MacSwan and Ralph Boulton)
     
  6. Averageamerican

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    Israel hacked the Sams 300 system years ago.

    Israeli F-16I pilots use Greece’s S-300 SAMs to prepare for potential Iran air strikes
    May 06 2015 - 35 Comments
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    By David Cenciotti
    Israeli F-16I pilots get S-300 training opportunity
    The Israeli Air Force has used INIOXOS-2015, one the largest annual exercise of the Hellenic Air Force, to prepare for a potential situation where it will have to attack Iranian nuclear facilities by performing missions against the S-300PMU-1 surface-to-air missile system, stationed in Crete, according to Flightglobal.

    Russia has recently lifted the ban on sale of S-300 systems to Iran.

    The S-300 is a mobile air defense system that couples a radars capable to track multiple targets with long-range missiles to hit aerial targets at a distance of 150 km and an altitude up to 27,000 meters. Although well-known to the western air forces, it remains a lethal SAM system that Iran could field to protect its nuclear sites.

    From Apr. 20 to 30, at least 150 combat planes from all Combat Wings/Squadrons of the HAF performed various missions, day and night, such as Counter Air Operations against Integrated Air Defence Systems, Anti Surface Force Air Operations, Fighter Sweep, HVAAE (High Value Asset Air Escort), Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), Time Sensitive Targets, Dynamic Targeting – Time Sensitive Targets.

    Israel deployed 10 F-16I Sufa jets from four Squadrons (201 «The One», 253 «The Negev», 107 «The Knights of the Orange Tail» and 119 «The Bat) at the 117 Combat Wing/Andravida Air Base and U.S. Air Force in Europe dispatched a number of SF personnel as JTACs (Joint Terminal Attack Controllers).





    The Israeli AF Commander Maj Gen Amir Eshel visited the troops and flew at least one mission over Aegean Sea along with his Greek counterpart Lt Gen Christos Vaitsis (with F-16D Block52+ ADV of 335 Sq. “Tiger”).

    Thanks to the exercise in Greece (not the first attended by the Israeli since the deterioration of their relations with Turkey), the Israeli Air Force has gathered important data about the Russian SAM system and had the opportunity to test and improve evasion tactics during simulated attacks against ground targets protected by S-300 batteries.
     
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    Syria claims shooting down of US drone over Latakia
    • 18 March 2015
    The Syrian military says it has shot down a US drone near the city of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad in north-west Syria.

    US officials have said they lost contact with a drone but that it is unclear if it was shot down.

    If confirmed it would be the first time Syrian forces have attacked a US aircraft since the start of coalition strikes against Islamic State (IS).

    Was this the incident in 2015? Wouldn't worry about it, USA has about 10,000 drones, about 400 large ones. Not that hard to shoot down. Would advise Syria not to shoot any down while Trump is president, hes a nut.
     
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    US has retired the MQ1 its was more a technology demonstrator then any thing else.
     
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    https://us.yahoo.com/news/chemical-w...113203840.html
    [FONT=&quot]Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

    [​IMG] SARAH EL DEEB and BOB BURNS,Associated Press 17 hours ago [/FONT]

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    [​IMG] BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.
    Footage posted by Syrian activists online showed a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles driving on a rural road in the village of Darbasiyah, a few hundred meters from the Turkish border. Clashes in the area were reported between Turkish and Kurdish forces Wednesday a day after the Turkish airstrike which also destroyed a Kurdish command headquarters.
    The Turkish airstrikes, which also wounded 18 members of the U.S.-backed People's Protection Units, or YPG, in Syria were criticized by both the U.S. and Russia. The YPG is a close U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State group but is seen by Ankara as a terrorist group because of its ties to Turkey's Kurdish rebels.
    Further clashes between Turkish and Kurdish forces in Syria could potentially undermine the U.S.-led war on the Islamic State group.
    A senior Kurdish official, Ilham Ahmad told The Associated Press that American forces began carrying out patrols along the border Thursday along with reconnaissance flights in the area. She said the deployment was in principle temporary, but may become more permanent.
    A Kurdish activist in the area, Mustafa Bali, said the deployment is ongoing, adding that it stretches from the Iraqi border to areas past Darbasiyah in the largely Kurdish part of eastern Syria.
    "The U.S. role has now become more like a buffer force between us and the Turks on all front lines," he said. He said U.S. forces will also deploy as a separation force in areas where the Turkish-backed Syrian fighting forces and the Kurdish forces meet.
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    Finally the truth is out. F-35s have twice struck inside Syria, right under the nose of Russian super junk called S-300/400 and Russians had no clue of what was going on around them. Trust the Israelis to do what no one can even think about. Uncle Sam is going to have a tough time controlling Israelis with these F-35s.
     
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    Missed report from Malbrunot (not a defense specialist) who quoted undisclosed source. In fact that day, Israeli F-35 had not started to fly by night.
     
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    I think they did the strike.
     
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    Everything is possible.
     
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    Unlikely that an aeroclub plane could fight an S 300.
     
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