Israel, Syria, and Missile Attacks

on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pakistan receives relentless waves of drones attack from the US, and to which citizens have been losing hundreds of families, thousands of close ones, and making millions disabled to live a normal life for the rest of the years. This issue of US-Pakistan drone attacks is another vast topic to discuss and argue about, but recent reports show that Israel attacked the most important port of Syria, named Latakia with anti-ship missiles in the month of July.

Latakia is the principal port in Syria, and the attack on the ships with missiles from Israel was worrisome news. The after-study of the attack stated that the missiles were a type of Russian-made, which are also named Yakhont. The officials reported that Russia had sold the missiles to the Syrian Government. Furthermore, quite surprisingly, the journalists of Syrian national newspaper had clearly reported that Russia has been the supplier of ammunition to Syria, and the major political companion to the president Bashar-al-Assad of Syria, among the rest of first-world countries.

Moreover, the officials are not seen to provide any further details on the attack, regarding the extent and intensity of the missiles crashing near the port, or the number of missiles used in attacking the ships, along with any damage that was inflicted on the country in general. Hence, with no detail to talk about whatsoever, the reporters are quiet about the attack, and the full detailed reports haven’t been made even after ten days of the attack. The excuse for officials, in not providing the details of the attack when asked, was because of being busy in discussing other “intelligence reports.”

Also, the newspapers have reported that Israel had distinctly denied being involved in the current two-year old civil war being fought in Syria, except to take action if there is any weapon transfer and take measures to stop it. It is also a known fact, according to the newspapers, the attack of July 5th was the fourth attack launched in the air to strike Syria by Israel. Furthermore, the Syrian rebels as well declared their innocence in taking part in the attack on Latakia port on July 5th. As seen in Times newspaper, the United States and Israeli officials alike have not forwarded a single comment on the attack publicly, yet.

Finally, the reports of the earlier year cropped up that Russia had sold a quite advanced version of the same missile, Yakhont, to the President Assad’s regime, and declared the delivery was purely committed to peace-talks. Nonetheless, the delivery forced the US officials to complain the move of Russia as “ill-timed,” as seen in the month of May’s newspapers.

Undoubtedly, such advanced missiles if delivered to the Syrian regime frequently, would make the defense system of the country a lot more intimidating for other first-world countries. It also will increase Syria’s ability and capacity to attack the particularly fortified areas, and defend it against similar missiles and drone attacks, while it may considerably make the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Syria, a difficult task to accomplish if nations like US and else tried to initiate.

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