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IAF Targets Hamas in Air Strikes on Gaza After Mortar Attacks [video]

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The Israel Air Force carried out an air strike in Gaza Wednesday evening in retaliation for six mortar attacks aimed at IDF soldiers over the past 24 hours by Gaza terrorists.

Arab media reported the Israeli fighter pilots targeted the Gaza airport, which has already been bombed and destroyed in previous action by the IDF. Four more Hamas targets were struck in southern Gaza as well, according to the IDF Spokesperson.

“The IDF holds Hamas responsible and accountable for all attacks originating from the Gaza Strip,” said IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner in a statement released Wednesday night.

“The IDF will continue to operate in order to protect the civilians of southern Israel from all terrorist threats above and beneath ground that pose a severe violation of Israel’s sovereignty.

“Both Israeli and Palestinian civilians benefit from and deserve to live without the constant concern of escalation. We will work in order to maintain and restore the quiet that the people deserve.”

Hana Levi Julian

US Contends: ISIS Oil Industry in Syria Crippled by Coalition Air Campaign

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

US military leaders say Syrian oil revenues to ISIS have been drastically cut by US-led coalition air strikes.

The Da’esh (ISIS) oil infrastructure in Syria has been crippled as a result of the attacks, according to a briefing by U.S. military spokesperson Col. Steve Warren Tuesday in Baghdad.

And yet, those oil facilities are only crippled — they’re still not out for the count, Warren acknowledged. “It’s not a knockout,” he said. “It’s a body blow.”

A month of air strikes has largely shut down the oil facilities at Deir ez-Zor, which provides about two-thirds of the oil revenue for Da’esh, Warren said.

But the goal is not really to destroy the structures anyway.

According to Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aim is to prevent Da’esh from producing and shipping oil while keeping the infrastructure relatively intact so it can be restored once the war in Syria is over, USA Today reported.

The black gold once provided billions of dollars to the Syrian government, which charged fees to companies from Russia, Britain, China, and the Netherlands. Syria also owned and operated its own oil wells as well, most of which were located in Deir ez-Zor, in the eastern part of the country.

That region is now controlled by Da’esh, which the Treasury estimated sells discounted oil on the black market for half a billion dollars a year. At least half of the terror group’s revenue is raised from the sale of oil, according to the Pentagon. Da’esh also controls oil-producing regions in Iraq.

On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry held a briefing in Moscow to present maps, photographs and other materials as evidence to support accusations by President Vladimir Putin that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family are importing black market oil from ISIS-controlled territories in Syria and Iraq.

Erdogan denied the allegations, aimed at him during a conversation with reporters on the sidelines of the COP-21 climate change conference in Paris. The Turkish president vowed to resign if Putin could prove his claims were true.

Hana Levi Julian

Palmyra Citadel Hit in Russian Air Strikes on ISIS Terror Base

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The historic citadel at the edge of the ancient city of Palmyra was badly damaged in repeated air strikes Monday by Russian war planes, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The air strikes were aimed at Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist military bases set up close to the archaeological treasure, a UNESCO World Heritage site, according to Russian government officials who issued a statement about the attack.

“Su-25 jets hit a fortified ISIS position in the Tadmor area of Homs province,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement late Monday.

“As a result of a direct strike, a fortification, an underground bunker and anti-aircraft artillery were destroyed.”

It is the first time Russia confirmed an air strike near the ruins of ancient Palmyra, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the human rights organization.

Russia said its pilots have struck more than 237 targets in Syria over the past two days, although the extent of damage to the Palmyra citadel could not be verified, and the timing of those strikes was not revealed.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Night Strike on Damascus is ‘Warning to Beirut’

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Three Israeli air strikes late Tuesday night on Syrian army bases in Quneitra, Damascus and surrounds were a warning to Beirut, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said early Wednesday.

The attacks came in response to a double rocket attack on the Israeli Golan Heights fired by Lebanese Hezbollah terrorists from Syrian territory on Tuesday afternoon. One of the rockets, which were later identified as M307s, landed in the Herman region. The other exploded in El Ram.

The IDF responded immediately with artillery fire directed at the source of the rocket launches and reported that it had destroyed both. IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner informed media in a text message that the Syrian missile fire had indeed been “intentional” and “not spillover from the Syrian civil war” as has been claimed in past incidents.

“The air force strike tonight on territory controlled by [President Bashar] al-Assad in Syria against targets of his regime is a clear message that we will not allow any fire on the territory of Israel and breach of its sovereignty, and that we will respond with force and firmness,” Ya’alon said.

“As the Assad regime is responsible for the fire from its territory on Israel, we will know how to collect a heavy price from any regime or organization from whose territory our sovereignty is breached and fire of this or another type is conducted on Israel.

“We don’t intend to just move on and be tolerant towards terrorist activities and attempts to harm our citizens and soldiers,” Ya’alon continued. “We act with restraint and firmness, with responsibility and consideration to preserve the security of citizens of Israel against countries and terrorist sources whose goal is to disrupt our lives.”

Shortly after midnight, Israeli residents of the Golan Heights awakened to the sound of the Code Red incoming rocket alert siren again, just 12 hours after the first attack earlier in the day. No rocket landings were identified, however, and officials later concluded that perhaps the siren had activated in response to the nearby IAF air strikes instead.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing that Washington had seen the news of Tuesday’s attack on Israel and did not want “an escalation of the situation.” “We support Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense and have been clear about our concerns over the regional instability caused by the crisis in Syria,” she told reporters.

“We call upon all parties to avoid any action that would jeopardize the long-held ceasefire between Israel and Syria and abide by the 1974 disengagement of forces agreement,” she added.

The escalation in the region follows the death of six Hezbollah terrorists – including three top commanders – and six Iranian Revolutionary Guards – including Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi – in an air strike on a convoy traveling through Quneitra province in Syria a week ago Sunday. The attack has been attributed to Israel although there has been no confirmation by the IDF.

Following the attack, the Islamic Republic of Iran sent a message to the United States “through diplomatic channels,” warning that Israel should suffer the consequences of its “wrongful act of aggression.”

But despite avowals of taking revenge against the Jewish State, Iran’s proxy in the region, Hezbollah, has made it clear through various means that the terror group does not seek another full-scale war.

Since the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah has lived underground in permanent hiding, speaking to his followers solely through video hookups, out of fear he will be assassinated by Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

US-led Coalition Destroys Syrian Oil Wells

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Syria’s once-lucrative oil wells and refineries have become history as the U.S.-led coalition bombs the Jafra oil fields in the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour.

Russia, China and the Netherlands all had oil interests in Syria prior to the civil war that has raged across Israel’s northern neighbor for the past three years. But those days are long gone.

The coalition carried out at least four air strikes on the oil fields late Wednesday (Oct. 22), according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

At present, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization is in control of the oil fields and the oil pipeline that carries the black gold to its consumers.

ISIS is believed to rake in about $1 million per day from the oil wells and their associated pipelines. Some of those supplies are believed to be purchased by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad himself, despite his stance as an enemy of the terrorist organization.

Now that the oil wells themselves have been destroyed, the U.S. and its allies are considering whether to expand their operations to include bombing the oil pipelines as well.

But bombing the oil pipelines may not finish the task, since some of the supplies are likely sent by tanker to other customers, analysts say. It is suspected that at least one of the buyers may even be in Turkey, and the other in Iraq. Both nations are fighting ISIS, although not nearly with the ferocity shown by the Kurds or Syrians.

ISIS also controls the oil fields in Iraq, which has made it one of the wealthiest and most self-sufficient terror organizations in the world, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.

“The financing of this barbaric organization allows it to continue its operations,” U.S. deputy assistant secretary for European affairs Julieta Valls Noyes told The Telegraph while in London. “What we have to do is degrade its abilities and ultimately to destroy it.”

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Overtakes Syrian-Turkish Border Town of Kobani

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has advanced into the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, right on the Turkish border.

More than 2,000 women, children and other Syrian Kurds were evacuated from the town a day earlier, on Monday, according to a statement by a member of the PYD Kurdish Democratic Union Party, quoted by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Between three and four thousand ISIS fighters have been advancing steadily towards the town for days, although Kurdish fighters have held them off for some time.

As of Tuesday, however, two ISIS flags were seen to be flying over the eastern side of Kobani, visible to Reuters journalists monitoring the action from the Turkish side of the border. The reporters said they could also hear sporadic gunfire.

U.S.-led coalition air strikes against the ISIS forces apparently were not effective in stopping the ISIS fighters.

Hana Levi Julian

US, Allies Bomb ISIS in Syria

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The United States and allies began bombing fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the city of Raqqa on Monday, near the northern Syrian border.

Raqqa is considered to be the “capital” of the ISIS attempt at a caliphate (state ruled by Islamic law.)

Both Russia and Iran, who are firm allies of the Syrian government, have warned the United States and others not to attack ISIS terrorists in Syria without first securing permission from President Bashar al-Assad.

However, according to a report posted Tuesday morning by the New York Daily News, Damascus said that “Washington informed Syria’s United Nations envoy before bombing the country.”

ISIS has swallowed a huge swathe of territory across Iraq and northern Syria, and is hoping to continue its bloodthirsty campaign to conquer as much territory as possible across the Middle East in order to establish an Islamic caliphate. The group simply slaughters those it calls “non-believers” wherever it goes – including other Muslims — usually by shooting or beheading them.

The military campaign, conducted by air with fighter jets and by warships at sea, is open-ended, the Pentagon told journalists in a briefing Monday. Buildings and arms depots were the primary targets.

The attack marks the first time the U.S. has carried out air strikes against the global jihad terror group outside of Iraq. U.S. air strikes against ISIS began in Iraq on August 8.

“U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against (Islamic State) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk land attack missiles,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time,” he added.

Several Arab nations participated in the operation, although the Pentagon did not identify them. According to CNN and other international outlets, there were four: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Hana Levi Julian

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