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Attacks in Syria by Israeli and US-led coalition

Thursday 8 February 2018, by siawi3

Source: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/syrian-air-force-responds-to-new-israeli-aggression-near-damascus-1.5793415

Syria Says Israel Struck Scientific Military Center for Second Time in 3 Months

Syrian state media reports that air defenses responded to the incident ■ Jamraya Research and Information Center believed to be R&D site for missiles, rockets and non-conventional weapons

Jack Khoury,
DPA and Reuters

Feb 07, 2018 9:08 AM

Photo: The Centre D’Etudes et de Recherches Scientifiques, a ’military research facility’ in the Damascus suburb of Jamraya, Syria.GoogleEarth

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Israel struck Assad regime targets near Damascus on Wednesday, the Syrian military said. Syrian state media said that Syrian air defenses had responded to what it described as "a new Israeli aggression" in the countryside around the Syrian capital.

The Syrian military claimed that Israeli jets came through Lebanese airspace before striking, adding that air defenses intercepted most of the missiles fired.

Sources close to the Syrian government said Israeli missiles had targeted a "research center" in the town of Jamraya, just north of Damascus. According to reports on social media, three explosions were heard in the Damascus area.

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This is not the first report of Israeli strikes on a research facility in Jamraya. The Jamraya Research and Information Center, a "scientific military facility" in the suburb northwest of Damascus is known to Western intelligence agencies as a Syrian military complex where the Assad regime has developed missiles, rockets and apparently also non-conventional weapons.

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Last month, Israel attacked an arms depot of a Syrian army military base near Damascus with jets and ground-to-ground missiles, the Syrian army said. The Syrian army added that their air defense systems prevented three separate strikes, saying that the incident proves Israel’s support for anti-regime organizations. The Israeli military declined to comment on the matter.

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Later on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of the security cabinet toured the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights. During the tour, Netanyahu said that Israel "seeks peace, but we are prepared for any scenario, and I do not suggest anyone test us."

Referring to rising tensions on Israel’s northern border, Netanyahu said that Israel has "extraordinary determination to defend our country," adding that "this is a great change in the history of our people, our ability to defend ourselves by ourselves."

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Over 100 Assad-regime Forces Killed in Syria After U.S.-led Coalition Thwarts Attack

The heavy death toll underscored the large size of the attack, which the U.S. official said included about 500 opposing forces, backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars

The Associated Press and Reuters

08.02.2018 10:51 Updated: 10:52 AM

More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad were killed after U.S.-led coalition and coalition-backed local forces thwarted a large, apparently coordinated attack late on Wednesday and early on Thursday, a U.S. official said.

Syrian state television confirmed the attack, calling it a "new aggression" and "an attempt to support terrorism."

"International coalition forces are bombing popular forces fighting "Daesh" (ISIS) and the (Syrian Democratic Forces) east of the Euphrates river and there are reports of casualties," statements carried by the stations said.

The heavy death toll underscored the large size of the attack, which the U.S. official said included about 500 opposing forces, backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars. The official spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

No American troops were killed or wounded in the incident, officials said.

Still, some U.S. troops had been embedded at the time with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), whose headquarters in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province had been a target of the attack.

One SDF fighter was wounded in the incident, the official said.

“We suspect Syrian pro-regime forces were attempting to seize terrain SDF had liberated from Daesh [ISIS] in September 2017,” the official said.

The forces were “likely seeking to seize oilfields in Khusham that had been a major source of revenue for Daesh from 2014 to 2017.”

Neither U.S. officials nor the U.S.-backed coalition have offered details on the attacking forces. The Syrian army is supported by Iranian-backed militias and Russian forces.

The U.S.-led coalition had alerted Russian officials about the presence of SDF forces in the area far in advance of the thwarted attack, the U.S. official said.

“Coalition officials were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the thwarted (enemy) attack,” the official said.

The Associated Press