An Israeli intelligence website has refuted Tel Aviv’s claims that a recent aerial raid in Syria had targeted Iranian military advisers and Hezbollah fighters, saying the attack actually hit Syrian army positions.
The DEBKAfile cited “highly credible” US military sources as saying that Israel had decided to take advantage of the chaos generated by Washington’s decision to withdraw forces from Syria and Turkey’s threat to launch an operation in the Arab country’s north.
Tel Aviv’s purpose of the Syria offensive was to disable the Syrian military sites, they added.
On Tuesday night, Israeli F-16 warplanes fired Delilah cruise missiles from Lebanon’s air space into Syria followed by similar air raids near Damascus by F-35 stealth fighter jets. read more…
The French Navy’s newest frigate, FS Auvergne, fired rockets around 8pm GMT Monday, the Russian military said. “Airspace control has recorded rocket launches from the French frigate Auvergne,” the ministry’s statement read. The Auvergne is deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria.
Auvergne is a ‘European multi-purpose frigate’ (FREMM) which entered the service of the French Navy in February this year. Prior to its official commissioning, the Aquitaine class warship witnessed deployment across the globe, including the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
The launch was detected around the same time as air traffic controllers at the Khmeimim Air Base “lost contact” with a military Il-20 aircraft during an attack of Israeli F-16 fighters on Latakia. Fourteen people were on board the plane at the time of the disappearance. A search and rescue mission is underway.
The IDF has refused to comment on the report. Despite the fact that Israel rarely acknowledges striking specific targets inside Syria, earlier this month the IDF admitted to hitting at least 202 “Iranian targets” in the country. read more…
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