Israeli Air Force Jets Hit Targets Near Homs During Latest Covert Air Strike In Syria

Nov 04 2017 - 20 Comments
By Tom Demerly

Latest Israeli Air Strikes May Escalate if Iranian Involvement in Region Grows.

Israeli combat aircraft secretly pounded targets in the Hisya area of Syria south of the city of Homs on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. The air raid, the latest in a long series of Israeli air strikes in the region, targeted a “storage facility in an industrial complex” according to the pro-Syrian government media outlet Masdar News. The Israeli military has declined to comment on this, most recent, in a series of airstrikes. Israel’s Channel 10 news outlet said no aircraft were hit during the strike and all Israeli planes returned safely to base.

Although unconfirmed, at least one media outlet suggested the facility may have been used to house chemical weapons.

Photo published on Debka.com showing alleged damage from Israeli F-16 strike on November 1, 2017. (Photo: Debka.com)

The most recent Israeli airstrikes continue an escalating series of attacks launched by Israel into Syria. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have occasionally tweeted that some of the air strikes are in response to provocative actions on the part of terrorist groups in the region. Israel has remained silent about some of the airstrikes.

Among the most recent incidents:

  • On September 7, 2017, Israeli aircraft struck Syria’s Masyaf chemical site in response to intelligence suggesting chemical weapons may be produced or stored there. An unspecified international monitoring organization quoted in a BBC report said the target was a scientific research center storing surface-to-surface missiles. The Israelis issued no official statement about the incident.
  • On September 18, 2017, an Israeli MIM-104D Patriot missile engaged and shot down a “Hezbollah intelligence gathering drone” according to media reports. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that Monday that, “A short while ago, the IDF intercepted a UAV that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights”. Media outlet Fox News reported that the drone shot down was an Iranian-made reconnaissance drone that launched from an air base in Syria. The report said it was believed to be operated by Hezbollah militants. The drone, which did not infiltrate Israeli territory, fell in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights.
  • On October 16, 2017, Israeli combat jets struck and destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft missile battery east of Damascus, Syria. The Israeli airstrike was in response to anti-aircraft fire against one of its aircraft in Lebanese air space performing a photographic reconnaissance mission according to the Israelis.
  • On October 21, 2017, Israeli aircraft launched precision strikes against artillery emplacements in Syria. Israeli reports posted on Twitter said three enemy artillery emplacements were destroyed.

The Israeli Air Force, and in particular its F-16 units, have earned a reputation as being highly effective. Some sources suggest they may be, “Man for man, the best air force in the world”.

Israeli F-16 units are often considered the most combat proficient in the world as a result of training and operational experience. (Photo: IDF)

A May 2001 report in Jane’s Defense quoted on the IsraelMilitary.net news forum said, “U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets from the Balkans theater recently engaged in mock combat with Israeli Air Force fighters. The Hornets were armed with AIM-9 (Sidewinder air-to-air missiles) and the Israelis carried Python 3 and Python 4 missiles using the Elbit DASH helmet mounted sight. IDR’s source described the results as ‘more than ugly’, the Israelis prevailing in 220 of the 240 engagements”

Noteworthy, after most of the recent air strikes there have been speculations that the first, brand new F-35I “Adir” might have been involved in the raids: in particular, after the Oct. 16 attack on a Syrian SAM battery, there were unconfirmed reports that an IAF F-35 was hit by the Syrian air defenses because on the very same day the IDF announced an “Adir” had been grounded following a birdstrike.

Top image credit: Tomas Del Coro/Wiki

  • leroy

    Tom, you posted a photo of the F-16I but don’t be so sure it wasn’t F-35Is that conducted the attack. After all, there’s Russia’s “vaunted” S400 system that’s supposed to have the country locked-down under an impenetrable SAM umbrella. F-35I can’t be engaged by it.

    Hmmm … me thinks maybe the S400 (and other Russian SAM systems) is quite leaky and ain’t worth crap! Just like the S300 system that was supposedly guarding the Al Shayrat airfield in Syria (the one that our 59 cruise missiles totally took out. All got through except I think for one that had a malfunction):

    https://youtu.be/vzwrJB1T9w4

    Could be F-35I doing all this damage, and reporting BDA and mission intel collected back to the US. Allow me to say from my heart; “Thanks Israel. Job well done”!

    Oh – and thanks for the updates to be used in our F-35 onboard Threat Library. All that SIGNIT will someday come in handy – trust me!

  • leroy

    Oh boy. What will RT say now? The 2016 S300/400 and Buk deployments were supposed to defend all of Syria against both U.S. and Israeli missile and airstrikes. Turkey too. Seems none are as capable as the Russian MoD would like the world to believe:

    ‘S-300, S-400 air defenses in place’: Russian MoD warns US-led coalition not to strike Syrian army

    Russia’s Defense Ministry has cautioned the US-led coalition of carrying out airstrikes on Syrian army positions, adding in Syria there are numerous S-300 and S-400 air defense systems up and running.

    The radius of the weapons reach may be “a surprise” to all unidentified flying objects, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson General Igor Konashenkov said.

    “Russian air defense system crews are unlikely to have time to determine in a ‘straight line’ the exact flight paths of missiles and then who the warheads belong to. And all the illusions of amateurs about the existence of ‘invisible’ jets will face a disappointing reality,” Konashenkov added.”

    https://www.rt.com/news/361800-russia-syria-usa-aistrikes/

    lol! “The radius of the weapons reach may be “a surprise” …”. yeah – I’m surprised. Shocked as a matter of fact. Shocked that once again Russian incompetence and equipment inferiority has thwarted their force protection objectives repeatedly, thanks to U.,S. and Israeli air, missile, stealth and ECM superiority.

    When will Russia end their “Everything Russia good, can all beat US” non-stop BS? Oh well. Probably never. But it’s good to know that if we need to, we can destroy the Russian military with little to no effort at all. Assuming it stayed conventional (Russia’s nukes are useless because they can’t use ’em without facing MAD). Destroy them just like Saddam.

    All Hat, no Cattle (or make that bear). I can think of no better way to describe the capabilities of Russia’s military forces. This is truly funny stuff!

    • bs1000

      How do we know that the Israelis didn’t let the Russians know what they where doing and that was that?

  • leroy

    Look how close Homs is to Russia’s supposedly very-long-range SAM-protected Tartus Naval Base:

    https://syrianfreepress.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/syria-tartous.gif

    Yet still the IAF bombed with impunity. So much for Russia’s oh-so-great SAM systems like S300/400 and Buk. I am absolutely loving this! : )

  • Darko Bargo

    A pathetic attempt by the Zionist-American deep-state to salvage their failed regime-change operation in Syria. The Daesh terrorists they supported have mostly been killed, so now they try to goad the Syrian government in responding to these air strikes and justify a land invasion by the IDF. Where is the UN now? These are blatant attacks on a sovereign nation and acts of completely unjustified aggression. How much longer will Russia allow this before giving Syria the tools it needs to defend itself. Shutting off Lebanese air-space should be step 1.

  • Nasdaq

    Israeli Air Force Jets Hit Targets Near Homs During Latest ILLEGAL Air Strike In Syria – Headline fixed

    • El Kabong

      Care to chat about those ILLEGAL rocket attacks made against Israel?

      • Holztransistor

        Sure. What is your political solution to this? How do you prevent people from becoming religious fanatics and terrorists in the first place?

        It’s partly the result of repeated western intervention during the cold war. The west supported the Islam because they feared a secular and democratic development could turn these countries towards the Soviet Union.

        http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2011/02/05/washingtons-secret-history-muslim-brotherhood/

        Quote:
        “In 1953, the year before the Brotherhood was outlawed by Nasser, a covert US propaganda program headed by the US Information Agency brought over three dozen Islamic scholars and civic leaders mostly from Muslim countries for what officially was an academic conference at Princeton University. The real reason behind the meeting was an effort to impress the visitors with America’s spiritual and moral strength, since it was thought that they could influence Muslims’ popular opinion better than their ossified rulers. The ultimate goal was to promote an anti-Communist agenda in these newly independent countries, many of which had Muslim majorities.”

        In the end these people had their own agenda, no matter what the west had planned.

        You reap what you sow.

        • El Kabong

          Payback’s a b!tch.

        • Interestinglyyou forgot to mention the reason there was western intervention. To stop soviet intervention, I for one am glad that CIA intervened in the shithole I’m living, otherwise this would be a Cuba or North Korea today.

          But just so you have an idea, muslims have been at war against the infidel since the religion was created, since Mohammed got pissed off at the Jews in Mecca.

          So, no, they would attack Israel regardless if they left them alone, like they did in 2005.

          Soviet Russia will keep reaping what they have sowed, because the millions of people killed,dwarfing the Nazi Germany, wasn’t enough to get them to trial, but eventually they will.

  • leroy

    S300/400 will be blinded by U.S. or Israeli ECM. We know the systems well and can even take control of and re-direct the missiles if we so desire. As far as F-22, F-35 or B-2 is concerned, Russian systems can’t see them. And what you can’t see, you can’t hit.

    Basically Russian SAMs would be useless in a war against the U.S. or NATO. They may as well be firing off bottle rockets! Everything I’ve told you is fact, and the Russian military goes to great lengths to hide these deficiencies.

    Anyone buying Russian missile systems hoping to fend off a U.S. or Israeli attack are, as we have seen demonstrated here, simply wasting their money. Our missiles, on the other hand, can shoot Russian fighters out of the sky without any impedance whatsoever. The U.S., Israel and NATO have full spectrum dominance technological superiority, and we have had it for a very long time.

  • Pepe Le Cox

    Of course, but is illegal to fire on Syria from Lebanon.

    • El Kabong

      Says who?

      Isn’t it illegal for terrorists to attack Israel from Lebanon? Palestine? Gaza?

      • Holztransistor

        International law doesn’t mean much to you, does it? But whom am I asking…

        You can attack targets in one country while not leaving the airspace of another. With weapons like the AGM-154. In doing so, Israel is breaking international law and attacking a sovereign country. If Russia isn’t firing a missile on the planes in Lebanon’s airspace, then it’s following international law. Imagine if Russia had done that. Then our media would be like “Russia violates Lebanon’s airspace” (maybe not so polite).

        And yes, attacks on Israel are just as illegal.

        • Why do you assume they are flying over Lebanon?

          If they did, don’t you think Lebanon would be throwing major temper tantrums at the UN?

  • The distance from the Lebanese border to a target in Homs is too great for a dropped bomb or even a maverick.

    • Holztransistor

      It’s not. The AGM-142 can be used for such an attack.

      • And why no one found a single Israeli missile sharpnel? We know the Russians and Syrians would love the propaganda points!

      • My apologies, previous message was posted in the wrong thread.

        I know that Russia would love to boast being able to detect the F-35, especially Russia Today and Sputnik. They would probably jerk off so much on the idea of being able to detect it that we would have heard about it by now.

        Russia could also boast being able to detect the F-16.

        But for sure, Russian equipment SUPER STRONK, SUPER AMAZERS!

  • El Kabong

    Excuses, excuses…