Middle East Heats Up with Israeli
September 1, 2009
AVIV, Israel (ENN)
View of Syrian airport being struck in Israeli
launched a massive air strike today against Syria's airfields and other
targets in an effort to totally shut down Syria's offensive capability.
While the operation was generally successful, it did not go as
smoothly as initially planned.
sources say that bomb damage assessments indicate most Syrian airfields
have been shut down or destroyed, while Syria's C3I infrastructure has
been badly crippled.
will no doubt have huge organization and communication problems and will
not be able to launch any major, coordinated offensives for at least the
next few months. In all but one of the strikes, Israel lost a total of
only 4 aircraft, while shooting down 20 Syrian jets and destroying many
more on the ground.
at one of the largest airfields near Damascus, Israel took a beating.
A strike force of 16 aircraft, while fighting their way through a
flight of Syrian MiG-21s which had scrambled to protect the base, was
unexpectedly jumped by an additional squadron of MiG-23 interceptors.
The reinforcing MiG-23s fended off the strike force long enough
to allow the remaining Syrian fighters to launch, bringing the total
number of defending aircraft to 24.
The Israelis managed to shoot down 16 of these aircraft as the
defenders were not as skilled as the Israeli pilots, but the dogfighting
provided enough of a distraction to allow the SAMs at the airbase to be
much more effective.
the end, the Israelis lost 14 aircraft with only 2 Israeli aircraft
escaping. As for the
airbase, only one runway was destroyed while the other three were
moderately damaged. The radar tower was left intact. Total damage is
believed to be only moderate to the amount of firepower the Israelis had
sent after it.
more ominous factor, according to the two surviving Israeli pilots, is
that the MiG-23s had Libyan markings.
With this news, the current situation might spread further as it
appears Libya has overtly opted to side and support with Syria. This
report, however, cannot be confirmed.
ENN is working hard to get confirmation on this aspect of the
F-16C launching air-to-ground precision missile [FILE]
that day Syria jubilantly announced in a radio broadcast that it had successfully defended the homeland against the Israeli attacks and that
they had captured 9 Israeli pilots in the vicinity of Damascus.
There were no details on their condition or if they needed
such as "This shows that the mighty Israel military shouldn't be
feared by Arab countries." and that "All Arab brothers should
stand together against the Zionists.
Once united, we will be invincible in our Jihad against Israeli
aggression" were broadcast throughout the day.
the Israelis appear to have attained their strategic goals, the cost may
have hurt morale and damaged Israel's otherwise immaculate record of
success in the military arena against Arab countries.
Israeli Air Force General is quoted as saying--"Syria got lucky at
one point but we hurt them badly in the long run and we won't be taken
by surprise again".
There has been no official reaction from the Israeli Government
regarding the possibility that the current state of hostilities has
widened though there are reports that the Israeli cabinet will conduct
an emergency meeting shortly.
In addition to the
air strikes, Israeli army units are reportedly engaging Syrian defensive
positions along the Golan Heights and in southern Lebanon.
( Kelly Crawford,