While Trump sends mean tweets, Israel says nothing, and then kicks a**.
At least, that’s who Syria and Russia are blaming for a pre-dawn missile attack on a major air base in central Syria.
The hit took out 14 people, including several Iranians working in the area.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said two Israeli aircraft targeted the T4 air base in Homs province, firing eight missiles. It said Syria shot down five of them while the other three landed in the western part of the base. Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli F-15 warplanes fired several missiles at T4. It gave no further details.
Israel’s foreign ministry had no comment when asked about the accusations.
What we do know is that the Pentagon denies any knowledge of the strike.
Israel has good reason to be concerned about that Assad’s forces, along with their cohorts from Russia and Iran are doing. The Lebanese terrorist group, Hezbollah, are fighting alongside Syrian government troops. None of them tend to view Israel with a live-and-let-live frame of mind.
Israel last hit that same T4 base in February. An Iranian drone violated Israeli air space, and supposedly took off from that base.
The nearby Shayrat air base was hit by the U.S. in 2017, after another chemical weapons attack.
Syria’s state news agency SANA initially said the attack on the T4 air base was likely “an American aggression,” but Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood quickly denied the United States was behind the strike and the agency then dropped the accusation, blaming Israel instead.
SANA said the missile attack resulted in a number of casualties but provided no specific figures.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of activists on the ground, said 14 died, including Iranians and also three Syrian officers.
Israel has struck inside Syria over 100 times since 2012.
The chief of the Observatory, Rami Abdurrahman, said a mobile air defense unit was the target.
In what is suspected to be a chlorine gas attack on Douma, around 80 people were killed, while another 500 were evacuated and treated.
In denying the chemical weapons allegations, a government statement said “the army, which is advancing rapidly and with determination, does not need to use any kind of chemical agents.”
Russia denied any involvement in the attack. Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko was quoted by Russian news agencies Sunday as saying Russia was prepared to send specialists to Douma to “confirm the fabricated nature” of the reports.
That thing about Russia not being our friends…
Trump sent out several tweets condemning the attacks, and that’s a good thing.
Today marks the first day on the job for new National Security Adviser John Bolton. He’s going to have to hit the ground running, it appears.