Syrian War Report – October 4, 2018: Israeli Minister Says F-35 Jets To Be Used Against S-300


…from SouthFront

ISIS executed another civilian hostage captured by the terrorist group during the July 25 attack on the government-controlled area in eastern al-Suwayda. A 25-yo Tharawat al-Fadel Abu Amar was killed by two shots in the head, according to a video released by ISIS.

The terrorist group also demanded the Syrian Army to stop its anti-ISIS operation in the area of al-Safa in southern Syria and two release several female members of the terrorist group from prisons.

According to pro-government sources, ISIS is holding about 28 people, mostly women and children, captured during the July 25 attack.

Despite ISIS demands, it’s unlikely that the Syrian Army will abandon its efforts to clear the al-Safa pocket from ISIS members because this decision would mean that the terrorist threat will remain in southern Syria without any chances to be eliminated. According to photos and videos appearing online, the advance is ongoing.

Government forces seized several weapon caches with anti-tank guided missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, automatic rifles and other weapons in the framework of their security operation ongoing in the provinces of Hama, al-Suwayda and Deir Ezzor.

This development shows that in some cases the areas controlled by the Damascus government still lacks security and the Syrian Army and police will have to contribute additional efforts to restore peace and stability there.

On October 3, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that Israeli Air Force (IAF) will continue its military operations in Syria despite the delivery of the S-300 system to the country’s military.

“I cannot say that we are happy about the presence of S-300 [in Syria], but at the same time this is a situation where we have no way out, where we have no opportunity to make decisions … In any case, we are not looking for adventures. We merely protect our vital interests. Regrettably, we are in a situation where we cannot afford any compromises concerning our security interests,” the defense minister stated adding that “the most important thing” for Israel is now to return the working relationship with Russia to “normal”.

He also criticized Russia for not supporting the Israeli version of the incident with the Russian IL-20 off Syrian coast and once again laid blame for the tragedy on Syria. According to the Russian side, the IL-20 shootdown was caused by “hostile” Israeli actions. So, Moscow reacted with supplying the S-300 to Syrian forces and started working on boosting the Syrian Air Defense Capabilities in general.

Israel’s Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi came with own statement on this situation by saying that Syria having the S-300 system would not limit Israel’s freedom of operations.

“You know that we have stealth fighters, the best planes in the world. These batteries are not even able to detect them,” Hanegbi stated referring to US-supplied F-35 fighter jets.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the S-300 delivery to Syria is a “very serious escalation” of the conflict.

On October 2, the US approved a $38bln military aid package to Israel saying that this aid is aimed at boosting the country’s security. State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert stated that the reasoning is the escalating regional threats and the “terrorist groups sponsored first and foremost by Iran,” which are seeking to attack not only Israel, but also the interests of the US.

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  1. Come on guys, america is not going to allow those aircraft to fly anywhere near s300’s.

    The most expensive fighter jet in history, shot down by sand niggers, perfect headlines i know, but in reality. i don’t think so.

  2. Two things of note. The integrated missile network will include S400 so no one will know what missile battery and missile did the damage. The other thing to note is that JSF is actually an ‘old’ jet as its stealth capabilities are based on defeating 90’s radars. Since then radar technology has evolved significantly.

  3. Time for Iran (since Russia appears unwilling) to help Syria establish a large arsenal of surface-to-surface missiles, and every time the IDF drops a bomb or launches a cruise missile into Syria, there should be hundreds of missiles fired in return at the Israeli base the attack originated from.

    • That is exactly what the zios are hoping (and literally praying) for. It gives them all the excuse they need to up the ante to widespread use of tac nukes.

    • Occasional use of tactical nuclear weapons can be kept from the mass public, widespread use cannot. Israel will sign its own death sentence if it uses nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states, and the world will suddenly become a very unsafe place for anyone who is Jewish.

  4. This is a testing ground for US & Russian weapons & battlefield tactics. The F-35 will face S-300 missile system. Designers of each will tweak their products based upon respective field performance, on an incremental basis, until a threshold is reached. After which new versions will emerge. The Syrian people will be paying the heavy price for this weapons testing/improvement program, which evidently is mutually agreed upon between Russia & USA. Evidence of which is there are no deliveries announced of counter-attack systems to Syria that can hurt the IDF.

  5. First off there should be an accounting of the $38b, if only to see who’s pockets the counterfeit dollars settle in. Secondly, this is a grand time to test the s300 against the alleged stealth capabilities of the f35. Will we smell the stench of corruption, soon.

  6. “On October 2, the US approved a $38bln military aid package to Israel”. Another 38 Billion? That’s what Bibi’s last visit to Trump was all about? What happened to the last 38 Billion over 10 years?

    Who ordered the execution of the Syrian woman with two shots to the head? ISIS taking hostages is not US policy, or is it?

  7. The F-35’s operations will certainly be limited by the S-300 defence system; however Israel will move on, perhaps escalating their responces to “terrorism”. The Israeli definition of terrorism gives one pause. Anyone trying to defend themselves from Israeli aggression through Israel or their proxies is commiting “terrorism”.

  8. It is an obscenity for the U.S. taxpayers to give any money to these unindicted criminals in Israel which must be occupied by a military armed force until they learn how to behave in a civilized world. I can hardly wait to see one of our planes donated to these criminals shot down by the S-300 defense system. By the way Israel did 9/11/01 but sought to blame Muslims.

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