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January 31, 2013

Wider War Risks - Israel air strikes Weapon convoys in Syria

Syrian state television said that military command had confirmed a "scientific research centre" north-west of Damascus was struck at dawn on Wednesday, causing damage. Two people were killed and five wounded in the attack on the site, which was engaged in "raising the level of resistance and self-defence".

Earlier, diplomatic and security sources were cited in media reports as saying a convoy of trucks had been struck close to the Syrian-Lebanese border. The Israeli Defence Forces said it had no comment.

Israel Long Range Capabiliy

The Israel Air Force has dedicated the lion's share of it resources and effort on what senior IAF officers refer to as "strengthening long-distance capabilities." This effort includes upgrading the IAF's offensive arsenal by improving the capabilities of the F-15I Ra'am (Thunder) fighters brought into service in the 1990s, completing the integration of the F-16I Sufa (Storm) fighter into active service and purchasing and modifying additional aerial refueling planes. The IAF has also leapfrogged ahead in everything related to advance reconnaissance capabilities based on unmanned aerial vehicles, satellites and communications infrastructure which enables the transmission of data in real time to aircraft during combat sorties.



This series of attacks, principally those on convoys in Sudan, if they were carried out by the IAF, testify to its ability to carry out complex long-range attacks on pinpoint, mobile targets in a short time-frame.

The civil war in Syria has killed more than 60,000 people, is drawing in neighboring states and threatening to destabilize the region further.

SOURCES - UK Guardian, Haaretz



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