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  • Is Israel About to Lose Its Edge in the Air?

    10/17/2015 3:43:48 PM PDT · by PIF · 43 replies
    real clear defense ^ | October 16, 2015 | Patrick Megahan
    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is one of the most experienced and capable air forces in the world, with roughly 400 American-made F-16 and F-15 fighters in its inventory. For the most part, this force resembles a smaller version of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) “legacy” fighter fleet – fourth generation aircraft originally developed during the 1970s. Like the USAF, however, many of these aircraft are three decades old and nearing the end of their service life. snip If the F-35 cannot hold its own against fourth-generation fighters, which are increasingly equipped with infrared sensors that can detect stealth aircraft,...
  • Exclusive: Modi pushes "obsolete" made-in-India plane on reluctant military

    10/07/2015 2:41:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 7, 2015 | SANJEEV MIGLANI AND TOMMY WILKES
    The government has turned down the military's request to expand the acquisition of 36 fighter planes from Dassault Aviation SA to plug vital gaps, officials said, nudging it to accept an indigenous combat plane 32 years in the making. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision, in line with his Make-in-India policy to encourage domestic industry, is a blow for not only the French manufacturer but also others circling over the Indian military aviation market worth billions of dollars. The push for India's struggling Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) also comes at a time when the air force is at its weakest...
  • 'Coordination'? Russia threatens to shoot down IAF jets targeting Hezbullah convoys

    09/25/2015 9:04:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 9/25/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    'Coordinating' with the Russians over Syria doesn't seem to be so much fun after all. According to this story (translated from an Arabic original here), the Russians have, in essence, threatened to shoot down any IAF jets targeting weapons convoys moving from Assad forces in Syria to Hezbullah in Lebanon. “Moscow imposed on Tel Aviv a military coordination in advance for any military operation carried against Syrian military targets or against Hezbollah in Syria, to prevent any fatal accident. Senior military officers on both sides will maintain regular meetings and contacts to allow a smooth Russian military presence in...
  • The end of a bitter Air Force vs Army battle could mean India finally gets modern attack helicopters

    09/22/2015 6:02:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Scroll.in ^ | September 21, 2015 | Shadab Nazmi
    On October 9, 2012, former Defence Minister AK Antony termed the fight between the Indian Army and Indian Air Force over attack helicopters a 'family problem.' With both the Air Force and the Army's aviation corps requesting attack helicopters for themselves, the two children of the family just weren't getting along. Now, it seems as if the family feud has been resolved in a classic tilted compromise: Both the Army and the Air Force will get a little bit each. For years, the Air Force claimed that giving the Army helicopters would lead to a duplication of assets. The Army...
  • When the IAF showed the Soviets who was top gun

    09/11/2015 6:32:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ISRAEL HAYOM ^ | September 11, 2015 | Aharon Lapidot
    The first, and so far last, dogfight between Israeli and Russian air forces took place 45 years ago, on July 30, 1970, as the War of Attrition between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization was winding down. The aerial battle took place southwest of the Suez Canal, over an area the Israeli Air Force had dubbed "Texas" as it was a local "Wild West," a lawless area where the quicker the gunslinger, the bigger the reward. The Israeli force comprised four Phantom and 12 Mirage fighter jets, flown by pilots who together were credited with shooting down...
  • Israel to double attack range of F-35 Stealth fighter

    09/11/2015 5:47:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    GLOBES, Israel ^ | 10/09/2015 | Ran Dagoni
    The first two Lockheed-Martin F-35's, called Adir (Awesome) in Hebrew, will be delivered to the IAF in December 2016, Shortly before the US Congress votes on the nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel has publicly announced the efforts of its air force to double the flight range of the F-35 Stealth strike fighters, the fifth generation of the air force's planes. The Israeli version of the plane, manufactured by Lockheed Martin according to Israeli specifications, is called Adir (Awesome). The first two Adirs will be delivered to the Israel Air Force (IAF) in December 2016, and will join the Golden Eagle...
  • IAF keen on US Scorpion aircraft offer

    09/04/2015 9:20:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    THE FINANCIAL EXPRESS ^ | September 4, 2015 | Huma Siddiqui
    After asking state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to stop work on the intermediate jet trainers (IJT), the Indian Air Force (IAF) is now keen on the US offer of Textron’s AirLand Scorpion light-attack and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. The IAF badly needs an IJT due to delays by HAL, which has been working on an IJT since 1997. Senior IAF officials believe that the twin-seat platform of the Textron’s ISR aircraft can also be used as an intermediate jet trainer. Sources have indicated during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US from September 22 to...
  • The F-16IN Super Viper Could Get Another Shot with the Indian Air Force

    08/19/2015 3:58:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Tactical Air Network ^ | August 15, 2015 | Ian D'Costa
    An F-16IN with a full Mark 82 load. (Photograph copyright: SP's Aviation) According to The Indian Express, the United States has extended an offer to India to jointly produce a line of fighter jets to both enhance military ties as well as provide for India’s frontline fighter fleet shortage. This comes right after the Indian government announced that the MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) deal, originally signed with France’s Dassault Aviation, was, for all intents and purposes, over. Bumps, missteps and poor communication contributed to the downfall of the contract which would have seen a set of Rafales built in...
  • Sabre-killer siblings (story of Indian Christian war heroes)

    08/17/2015 3:52:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Week, India ^ | August 15, 2015 | Rekha Dixit
    In 1965, the Keelor brothers and their Gnats wrote war history. The pilots are the only siblings to be awarded Vir Chakras for the same feat Officers at Ambala Air Force Station were heading to the mess for a dining out—a formal farewell dinner for an officer who is getting posted out—when they got news that Pakistan had started shooting across the border. They would learn later that these were the opening shots of Operation Gland Slam, a bid to take over Akhnoor and the road to Kashmir. “Our squadrons were told to move to the front immediately,” said Air...
  • IAF halves its demand for Russian fighter jets

    08/10/2015 10:25:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Tribune, India ^ | August 10, 2015 | Ajay Banerjee
    Looking to cut costs and prune military imports, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has halved its demand for Russian-built fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA). It now wants just three squadrons of the fighter jets which are to be inducted into the Russian Air Force in 2016. Sources say the IAF has scaled down its needs and now indicated that just three squadrons (around 18 planes in each), besides a few more for training of the pilots, will be enough for now. This works out to be 65 planes, almost half from the earlier projection of 127 FGFAs to be jointly...
  • The Amazing Saga Of How Israel Turned Its F-15s Into Multi-Role Bombers

    05/08/2015 7:41:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05/08/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    When the F-15 was created, it was created to be a pure air-to-air fighter, with the philosophy of “not a pound for air-to-ground” guiding designers. So how did Israel end up turning their F-15s into deadly long-range multi-role strike aircraft well before the F-15E Strike Eagle became a reality? Here’s how. In Need Of A Game Changing Fighter Israel’s love affair with the F-15 began out of the need to procure a fighter that could trump the increasingly complex fighters that surrounding Arab states were amassing from Russian and French sources. Both the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle were...
  • India's Tejas and China's Xiaolong Fighters Compared

    05/07/2015 8:38:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 05/06/2015 | Want China Times
    An article in Sina's Chinese-language military news web portal compared the abilities of India's HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft and the FC-1 Xiaolong/JF-17 Thunder developed jointly by China and Pakistan. Overview of the Aircraft The HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was named by former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The development plan was approved by the Indian government in 1983. The government's requirements for the Tejas were to develop an all-weather supersonic LCA which could replace the MiG-21. Its main mission is to fight for control of airspace and to offer short-range support. The development of the Tejas...
  • IAF kills 4 terrorists who crossed into Israel from Syria and planted bombs

    04/26/2015 3:16:14 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/26/15 | Yaakov Lapin
    The IDF said in an official statement that it will not "tolerate any attempt to harm or violate Israeli sovereignty." The Israeli Air Force struck and killed four terrorists who crossed into Israel from Syria and planted explosives near an abandoned IDF post on Sunday night said, a senior IDF source. The source declined to say which organization the terror cell belonged to, saying it was too soon for such details. The incident, which occurred at 21:30 in the northern Golan Heights near Majdal Shams, began when Combat Intelligence Collection Units identified four suspects planting the explosives on the eastern...
  • Lebanon - Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah Calls for an International Trial of Bush

    11/27/2005 12:22:38 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 564+ views
    Associated Press | November 27, 2005
    Lebanon's senior-most Shiite Muslim cleric, a harsh critic of U.S. policies in the region, called for an international trial of U.S. President Bush, saying his administration posed a threat to world peace. Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah issued the call over a document allegedly leaked to London's Daily Mirror tabloid. The newspaper claimed the document was a transcript of a meeting in April 2004 between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in which the U.S. leader spoke of attacking Al-Jazeera television headquarters in Doha, Qatar. The newspaper, which cited unidentified sources, said Blair argued against an attack. The...
  • BREAKING: IDF Strikes Multiple Targets In Syria Following Rocket Fire Into Northern Israel

    01/27/2015 3:41:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 79 replies
    Breaking 911 | 11-27-2015 | Breaking911 Newsroom)
    The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit says that the Israeli Air Force was striking multiple artillery positions belonging to the Syrian army, and that direct hits were identified. The air strikes came minutes after residents in the northern Golan Heights reported hearing air raid sirens around 12:30AM (Wednesday). No casualties or damages have been reported in Northern Israel. On Tuesday morning two rockets exploded in the northern Golan Heights.
  • Why are India's air force planes falling out of the sky?

    10/16/2014 5:21:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 October 2014 | Andrew North
    Are India's ageing air force planes falling out of the sky? All air forces have accidents, but accounts of Indian warplanes crashing on training flights have become almost routine news. The latest incident came earlier this week, when a Russian-made Sukhoi-30 crashed in eastern India - both pilots surviving after ejecting for unspecified reasons. All five crew died in March this year on a training flight in their US-made Hercules transport aircraft. 'Flying coffin' But it is the Russian-made aircraft that form the backbone of the Indian fleet which have been the most accident-prone. The MiG jet in particular has...
  • The Hillary Letters Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinksy correspondence revealed

    09/21/2014 7:28:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 82 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/21/14 | Alana Goodman
    Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development. Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing. Clinton’s relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show. The letters obtained by the Free Beacon are part of the archives for the Industrial Areas Foundation,...
  • Ex-IAF Chief: Concept of 'Decisive Victory' Less Relevant Today

    08/31/2014 12:35:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/8/14 | Gil Ronen
    Former IAF Chief Maj. Gen. (res.) David Ivry says, in a new article, that Israel needs to rethink the concepts of ‘deterrence’ and ‘decisive victory’, which are less relevant in today's assymetrical battlefields. “Limited-scale, asymmetrical conflicts have become the norm. All-out wars between states where both parties invest all of their national resources in an attempt to achieve a decisive victory have become less relevant,” writes Ivry, who is now President of Boeing Israel, in a paper for the BESA Center. “David Ben-Gurion’s conceptual trinity of ‘deterrence’, ‘early warning’ and ‘decisive victory’ is no longer fully valid,” he explains. “These...
  • IAF Launches Airstrikes on Terror Targets in Gaza

    08/13/2014 4:19:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/8/14 | Elad Benari
    The Israel Air Force attacked targets in Gaza on Wednesday night, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed in a statement. The attacks came after Gaza terrorists fired rockets at southern Israel, the statement said. “The IDF is prepared for this possibility and is determined to continue to maintain the security of the State of Israel,” the statement noted. .....
  • For IAF, Rafale makes the grade

    07/16/2014 12:00:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 7/16/2014 | ATUL ANEJA
    Dependence on Russian imports diminishing Russia is fast losing its dominance in Indian skies as the Indian Air Force is sticking to its guns on inducting 127 Rafale fighter jets from France and turning to the domestic military industry to supplement its requirements. Defence sources told The Hindu that despite an aggressive counter campaign by the British and Americans, the Indian side is firm about wrapping up the Rafale deal. The Rafale has made the grade because it is a safer twin-engine aircraft, which the IAF wants to fly for the next 40 years. Besides it has the teeth to...
  • South Africa Compares Gaza Operation to Nazis' Actions

    07/10/2014 9:21:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/14 | Elad Benari
    South Africa’s ruling party on Thursday issued a statement in which it compared Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza to the actions of the Nazis during World War II. The statement by the African National Congress (ANC) did not mention the rocket attacks from Gaza which led Israel to launch Operation Protective Edge. “The African National Congress (ANC), condemns in the strongest terms, the barbaric attacks on the defenseless Palestinian people of Gaza,” said the statement by the party’s Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte. “As we move towards the month of August and are reminded of [the] atrocities of Nazi Germany, surely...
  • IAF strikes 550 targets in Gaza

    07/09/2014 11:14:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    ynet ^ | 7/9/14 | Yoav Zitun
    IAF strikes 550 targets in Gaza IDF says it destroyed at least 120 concealed rocket launchers, demolished homes of Hamas regional commanders, with over 165 rockets being launched from Gaza; Palestinians say old women, children killed in attacks. Yoav Zitun Latest Update: 07.09.14, 20:26 / Israel News Israel warplanes have so far hit 550 targets in Gaza, and Hamas militants have hit back with 165 rockets, some of which struck Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and as far away as Hadera, 116 kilometers (72 miles) to the north of the coastal enclave. Palestinian fatalities include militants but also women and children....
  • IAF Targeting Gaza Terrorists After 100+ Rockets Fired Into Israel

    07/07/2014 11:38:13 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    Yeshiva World News ^ | Monday, July 7th, 2014
    21:14: The IAF is targeting terrorists in Gaza at this time. The aerial assaults are reported to be heavy. Sirens are sounding in Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council. 20:33: At least 100 rockets fired in the last wave towards the W. Negev and many other areas including Beit Shemesh, Be’er Tuvia, Gadera, Netivot, the Lachish district, and Ashkelon. A number of fires have broken out as a result of the rockets hitting open areas.
  • Gaza Terrorists Launched Missile at Israeli Helicopter

    07/03/2014 6:26:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 2, 2014
    Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported Tuesday that they fired a ground-to-air missile at an Israel Air Force helicopter over the coastal enclave. The shoulder-fired weapon missed its intended target, an Apache flying over the northern end of the area in the early-morning hours, the sources said, according to Israel’s Ma’ariv daily. However, the aircraft abruptly changed course and left the area in the wake of the attempted hit, according to the report. Palestinian eyewitnesses on the ground said they saw the smoke trail the missile left in the air. Hamas terror operatives later on warned that the act...
  • Israeli Air Force Quadruples Firepower: 'Second Only to That of the United States'....

    06/04/2014 6:10:06 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican/Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2014 1:56 pm | Abraham Rabinovich, Washington Free Beacon
    Faced by threats from Iran and her proxies, the Israelis can't even count on the standard logic of deterrence, which is built upon the assumption of self-preservation. That might work if your enemy is North Korea -who's elite are enjoying life/perks- but Israel's enemies are mostly genocidal kooks who can't wait to die for the cause, from Tehran all the way down to the ground in southern Lebanon/Gaza... But what they can do is ensure they possess the capability to smash any foolishness from Hezbollah and/or Hamas promptly, since these groups lack the infrastructure for any sort of mass attack on...
  • Israel's Air Force Through The Lens Of An Amazing Military Photographer (Nir Ben Yosef)

    05/21/2014 10:35:07 AM PDT · by golux · 6 replies
    F - Alpha / Jalopnik ^ | 05/21/04 | Tyler Rogaway
    Nir is one of the leading aviation photographers in Israel and has been documenting the IAF's remarkable aircraft and operations for well over a decade. He has flown on-board F-16s, CH-53s, Bell Jet Rangers, C-130s, Fouga jet trainers and many more aircraft in his pursuit to capture the essence of this elite fighting force. Currently, he is part of the IAF Aerobatic Team's photo documentary project and was honored last year as being a guest speaker at the International Society of Aviation Photographers's convention in Seattle. Nir's creative use of lighting, contrast and perspective in relation to aerospace subjects has...
  • Israel Air Force pilots practice shooting down enemy drones in massive drill

    The drill is part of a series of training exercises designed to prepare pilots for the growing threat of the drones that Hezbollah and Hamas have.
  • Israel Prepares for Possible Attack by Hijacked Malaysian Plane

    03/16/2014 5:49:17 PM PDT · by mulder1 · 77 replies
    Breibart ^ | 03/16/2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    According to the Times of Israel, Israel's Channel 2 has revealed that Israeli air defenses have been boosted, and approaching civilian aircraft will be asked to identify themselves far earlier. Though the flight was presumed at first to have crashed, whole or in pieces, into the ocean, passive satellite transmissions from the aircraft suggest that it made a deliberate course change and may have headed north into central Asia. Pakistan has already said that the flight never registered on its radar, but at least one expert has suggested the flight could have landed in Bangladesh, whose air defenses presumably would...
  • Gazans bombard southern Israel in massive rocket attack

    03/12/2014 11:56:31 AM PDT · by standingfirm · 52 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 3-12-14 | Adiv Sterman
    Dozens of rockets as well as mortar rounds were fired from the Gaza Strip Wednesday at southern Israeli towns. Hours later the IDF fired tank shells at what it termed “terror targets” in the Strip. Israeli reports put the number of rockets at over 60, and Islamic Jihad, which took responsibility for the attack, said it had fired 90 rockets at Israel. The organization said in a statement that it had launched an ongoing “military operation,” which it termed “Breaking the Silence.” No Israeli casualties were initially reported in the largest attack from the Strip since Operation Pillar of Defense...
  • IAF will buy 14 Tejas squadrons, lowering costs

    02/11/2014 5:27:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Business Standard ^ | February 11, 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    India’s own fighter, the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), is playing a growing role in protecting Indian airspace. On December 20, when the Tejas was cleared for operational service in the Indian Air Force (IAF), Defence Minister A K Antony declared 200 Tejas fighters would eventually enter combat service. Today, that figure quietly swelled to well above 300, with the government indicating the IAF would have at least 14 Tejas squadrons. Each IAF combat squadron has 21 fighter aircraft; 14 squadrons add to 294 Tejas fighters. The 21 comprise 16 frontline, single-seat fighters, two twin-seat trainers and three reserve aircraft...
  • Video Shows 'Moment of IAF Strike'

    01/19/2014 2:27:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/14 | Gil Ronen
    A video uploaded to Youtube by an Arab-language user called GazaTube claims to show security camera footage documenting the IAF strike that targeted an Islamic Jihad terrorist in Gaza earlier Sunday. The video appears to show a relatively small explosion, possibly by a missile that had pinpointed its target. A bus that had been driving nearby was also damaged – and, apparently, a donkey was badly hurt as well. The terrorist has been identified as Ahmed Sa’ad, who was seriously injured and taken to a hospital. Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq8j9_wzErA Sa'ad had been riding a motorbike when he was hit by a...
  • Report: Israel Bombs Another Syrian Weapons Convoy

    07/28/2013 12:02:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/7/13 | Gil Ronen
    Israeli air force jets bombed trucks carrying Syrian missiles bound for Hizbullah's warehouses in Lebanon, according to Syrian opposition sources. The sources, were cited Sunday by Voice of Israel radio's Arabic-language service, which was quoted by i24 News. The Friday night bombing reportedly targeted a Syrian military base near the town of Quneitra, not far from the Golan Heights cease-fire line. This was the fifth known Israeli attack this year on Syrian weapons bound for Hizbullah. Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad reportedly wants to send the weapons to Hizbullah for safekeeping, out of fears they will fall into the hands of...
  • IAF: We're Set for Surprise Syria War Scenario

    05/22/2013 9:23:57 AM PDT · by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/22/2013 | Gil Ronen
    IAF Commander, Major General Amir Eshel, spoke Wednesday about the IAF's preparedness for a surprise war scenario with Syria. "A surprise war can come about through many scenarios at present," he said at a conference of the Fisher Institute for National Security in Herzliya. Isolated incidents can escalate very quickly, he explained, and added that "we are committed to being ready in a matter of hours and to operate up to the end of the spectrum."
  • UN 'Lodges Firm Protests With IDF' Over Air Strikes

    05/07/2013 2:45:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/5/13
    The United Nations has called on Israel to halt military air patrols over Lebanon amid heightened tensions after air raids on targets in Syria, a UN spokesman said Tuesday. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said that the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, had protested after recording an increase in Israeli flights over Lebanon. UNIFIL "says that in the course of the past week it has observed a higher number of Israeli air violations over Lebanese airspace," Nesirky told a briefing, the AFP news agency reported. He added that the flights are a "violation of Lebanese sovereignty and of Security Council...
  • After the airstrikes: Scenes of devastation left by Israeli rockets [chicken milk factory blowed up]

    05/05/2013 9:50:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 16:54 EST, 5 May 2013 | By Daily Mail Reporter and Tom Kelly
    Pictures emerge showing destruction caused to buildings by airstrikes Syria pledges to retaliate against Israel 'in its own time and way'Threats follow two raids by Israel on Syria in the past three daysVideo footage showed dramatic explosions over Damascus skylineIsrael says it was targeting Iranian-made missiles on the way to Hezbollah Bulldozers are clearing away rubble from buildings razed to the ground by Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, as Syria pledges retaliation for the 'declaration of war'.Pictures have emerged from Syria showing the damage caused to buildings, including some forming part of a chicken farm, by an attack in Al-Hama -...
  • Lebanon Says Israeli Warplanes Flying Over the Country

    05/04/2013 3:15:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/5/13 | Elad Benari
    The Lebanese army said on Friday that eight Israeli warplanes had flown over Lebanon’s airspace in a span of 14 hours, the Daily Star reported. The report said that Israel sends reconnaissance jets and warplanes over Lebanon on almost a regular basis, but the air traffic in the last 24 hours has been unusually high. “At 7:10 p.m. Thursday, two Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace entering above the sea west of Sidon and flying over all Lebanese areas as they conducted aerial maneuvers,” an announcement from the Lebanese army’s general directorate said, according to the Daily Star. The planes left...
  • IAF kills senior Salafist terrorist in Gaza strike

    04/30/2013 5:09:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/30/13 | staff
    An IAF aircraft on Gaza Tuesday morning assassinated a senior Salafist terror activist who was reportedly behind an April 17 rocket attack on Eilat from the Sinai. The IDF and Shin Bet security service confirmed that they had targeted Hithem Ziad Ibrahim Masshal, 24, from the Shati refugee camp. The attack marked the first “targeted strike” on a Gaza terror figure by Israel since November’s Operation Pillar of Defense, and came amid a renewal of sporadic rocket fire into Israel that seemed to show the deterrent effect of November’s operation was eroding.
  • FSA says Israeli jets hit chemical site

    04/29/2013 11:03:19 AM PDT · by Braak · 16 replies
    UPI ^ | 4/28/2013 | UPI
    DAMASCUS, Syria, April 28 (UPI) -- The Free Syrian Army says Israeli air force jets flew over President Bashar Assad's palace and bombed a chemical weapons site near Damascus, Maariv reported. The report said Israeli jets entered Syrian airspace close to 6 a.m Saturday and flew over Assad's palace in Damascus and other security facilities before striking a chemical weapons compound near the city. The Hebrew language daily said a Syrian army air defense battery positioned in the city fired at the Israeli jets, but the aircraft left Syrian airspace unscathed. FSA rebels posted a video showing smoke rising from...
  • Explosion Reported in Lebanese City of Tyre

    02/03/2013 4:12:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/13 | Elad Benari
    A blast went off in southern Lebanon, near the city of Tyre, late on Sunday night, Al-Arabiya reported, based on local media sources. The blast reportedly occurred after an electronic device exploded in the area. The Lebanese Future TV network said that an “Israeli aircraft might have detonated an electronic transmission device” in the southern area of al-Fawwar. “Hizbullah has cordoned off the area,” Future TV added. The official Lebanese NNA news agency claimed that “Israeli aircraft did not leave the Lebanese airspace over the South all through the day.” Israel’s Channel 2 News, reporting on the explosion, cited a...
  • 'IAF conducting mock raids in Lebanese airspace'

    02/01/2013 3:04:39 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2013 00:30 | JP Staff and Reuters
    IAF warplanes carried out a number of "mock raids" over Lebanese airspace on Friday night, Lebanon's official National News Agency reported. According to the report, beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, the IAF jets flew at low altitude over the towns of Nabatiyeh, Iklim al-Tuffah, Marjayoun and Bint Jbeil. ... Earlier this week, a Lebanese army statement said that four IAF warplanes entered Lebanese air space at 4.30 p.m on Tuesday. ... The statement made no mention of planes entering Syrian airspace but shortly afterward reports emerged that Israeli jets had struck an arms convoy on the Lebanon-Syria border.
  • Descendants of Maccabees, Greeks, Cooperate in Skies

    12/16/2012 3:34:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    2,000 years after Judah the Maccabee fought against the decrees of Greek ruler Antiochus, the descendants of the Hasmoneans and the ancient Greeks are cooperating militarily. For Hanukkah, the IAF Website featured these pictures of Greek-Israeli cooperation in joint maneuvers of the countries' air forces. Cooperation with Greece has tightened following the deterioration in relations between Israel and Turkey...
  • Israel Hits Over 100 Terror Targets

    11/20/2012 4:15:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/12 | Maayana Miskin
    The IDF hit more than 50 targets in Gaza on Tuesday evening, bringing the total number of strikes in the region Tuesday over 100. Half of the strikes were aimed at terrorist cells that were engaged in firing rockets at Israel. Six known Hamas terrorists and one known Islamic Jihad terrorist were killed over the course of the day. Twenty terrorists were injured in airstrikes as they attempted to fire Grad rockets. Twenty-two percent of Tuesday’s strikes hit rocket launchers that were not manned at the time. Another 8 percent of strikes targeted smuggling tunnels. Four percent targeted weapons stockpiles,...
  • IAF Airstrikes Hit Bank, Senior Hamas Terrorist

    11/19/2012 8:47:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 11/20/12 | Elad Benari
    IAF aircraft struck the branch of the National Islamic Bank in Gaza on Monday night, the Al Jazeera network reported. According to the report, four people were wounded in the airstrike, part of the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense. Hamas reportedly uses the bank, which opened in the area in 2009, to pay its terrorists' salaries. Palestinian Authority-based sources also said that the IAF also struck the Rafiah home of Hamas terrorist Raed Al-Attar overnight Monday. Al-Attar’s name was mentioned in recent days as the successor to Hamas arch-terrorist Ahmed Jaabari, whose targeted killing began the operation last Wednesday. It...
  • Video: Precise Bombing of Missile Site in Mosque Yard

    11/18/2012 3:54:31 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 44 replies
    Arutz ^ | 18/11/12
    The Israeli Air Force has issued a new video showing the pinpoint accuracy of aerial bombings and Hamas’ use of holy sites for terror. Video
  • IAF assassinates Ahmed Abu Jalal, senior Hamas terrorist

    11/16/2012 10:53:28 AM PST · by ari-freedom · 29 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | Yaakov Lappin
    In recent minutes, the IAF assassinate Ahmed Abu Jalal, a senior Hamas terrorist, in and air strike. The IAF also hit another car in the strike.
  • IAF Targets Gaza Terror Center in Latest Retaliation

    10/17/2012 5:58:56 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/12 | Elad Benari
    IAF aircraft struck a terror activity center in northern Gaza on Wednesday night, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced. According to the statement, direct hits at the target were detected. All Israeli aircraft safely returned to their bases. The attack came in response to the ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza into Israeli territory. On Wednesday afternoon, terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza fired a rocket into the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council area. The rocket exploded near greenhouses in the area, causing them damage. No physical injuries were reported. On Tuesday, the IAF carried out a similar attack on a terror activity center in...
  • IDF Gets Tough – Third Strike in 24 Hours

    10/14/2012 12:43:54 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/10/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The IDF foiled a terrorist attack early Sunday in the third counterterrorist strike in 24 hours, sending a clear massage to Hamas. The Air Force successfully targeted a cell preparing to fire at Israelis, an IDF spokesmen said. The latest counterterrorist measure killed at least one terrorist. In the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, the Air Force struck a second time in a significant counterterrorist action that eliminated two senior terrorists on motorbikes. They were identified as Jordanian national Sheikh Hisham al-Saedini, 43, also known as Abu Al-Waleed Al-Maqdissi, of the Mujahedeen Shura, and fellow Salafist Islamic terrorist Fayek Abu Jazar,...
  • Israeli Planes in ‘Mock Raids’ over Lebanon

    10/07/2012 3:47:52 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/10/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Air Force carried out “mock raids” at medium altitude over southern Lebanon Sunday, hours after Israel said all indications are that Hizbullah launched a drone that was downed inside Israel on Saturday, according to the Arabic language Nahar newspaper. Israel previously has carried out surveillance flights over southern Lebanon, which is under control of the Hizbullah terrorist organization. Sunday’s flights, which have not been confirmed by Israel, apparently were a response to the drone. A Lebanese television station stated that Hizbullah was responsible for the drone infiltration into Israel’s air space, while Iran’s propaganda machine tried to divert attention...
  • IAF thwarts terror attack at Egypt border

    08/05/2012 2:56:12 PM PDT · by Milagros · 14 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | Aug. 6, 2012
    Arab media outlets say armed gunmen from global jihadist movement kill 15 Egyptian soldiers in north Sinai; hijack armored vehicle and infiltrate into Israel. IAF kills terrorists; no Israeli casualties reported Yoav Zitun Latest Update: 08.06.12, 00:33 / Israel News
  • Syria May Have Mistaken Turkish Jet for Israeli One

    06/27/2012 2:00:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/6/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Israeli F-16i (Illustration Only) flash 90 A Syrian minister on Wednesday was quoted as saying his country's forces may have mistaken the Turkish plane they shot down for an Israeli one. Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoebi told the Turkish news channel A Haber in a telephone interview that Damascus did "not want a crisis between Turkey and Syria." Al-Zoebi said Turkish and Israeli fighter jets were mostly US-made, which may have led the Syrian forces to mistake it for an Israeli jet. However, military observers note that Israel retired its last F-4 Phantom jet – the type of jet shot...