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Jerusalem - Netanyahu: Israel Has Bombed Iranian-backed Militias In Syria

Published on: June 14, 2018 07:55 AM
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a presentation to the International Homeland Security Forum conference in Jerusalem, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar AwadIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a presentation to the International Homeland Security Forum conference in Jerusalem, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Jerusalem - Israel has attacked Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militias in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, casting such actions as potentially helping to stem a Syrian Sunni Muslim refugee exodus to Europe.

Israeli officials have previously disclosed scores of air strikes within Syria to prevent suspected arms transfers to Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah guerrillas or Iranian military deployments.

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But they have rarely given detail on the operations, or described non-Lebanese militiamen as having been targeted.

Netanyahu accused Iran, which has been helping Damascus beat back a seven-year-old rebellion, of bringing in 80,000 Shi’ite fighters from countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan to mount attacks against Israel and “convert” Syria’s Sunni majority.

“That is a recipe for a re-inflammation of another civil war - I should say a theological war, a religious war - and the sparks of that could be millions more that go into Europe and so on ... And that would cause endless upheaval and terrorism in many, many countries,” Netanyahu told an international security forum.

“Obviously we are not going to let them do it. We’ll fight them. By preventing that - and we have bombed the bases of this, these Shi’ite militias - by preventing that, we are also offering, helping the security of your countries, the security of the world.”

Netanyahu did not elaborate. About half Syria’s pre-war 22 million population has been displaced by the fighting, with hundreds of thousands of refugees making it to Europe.

Syria’s population is mostly Sunni Muslim. President Bashar al-Assad is from the Alawite religious minority, often considered an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam.

Under recent deals between Assad’s government and mainly Sunni rebels, insurgents have left long-besieged areas sometimes in exchange for Shi’ite residents moving from villages surrounded by insurgents.

The political opposition to Assad says the deals amount to forced demographic change and deliberate displacement of his enemies away from the main cities of western Syria. The Damascus government says the deals allow it to take back control and to restore services in the wrecked towns.



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 Jun 14, 2018 at 08:07 AM Educated Archy Says:

So yoni there you have it

As far as I know there are no North Korean backed militias in enemy countries . Now imagine that these Iranian backed militias get nukes . Yes nk is a bad player but do they have their own " backed " militias ?

Got the difference ? It's like duh yoni.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 08:27 AM hashomer Says:

The stiff speaking yutz wants to alienate us from the world. As long as his buddy agent orange is happy he couldn’t care less about anybody else. Where is sloppy Steve now? Feh.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 09:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
hashomer Says:

The stiff speaking yutz wants to alienate us from the world. As long as his buddy agent orange is happy he couldn’t care less about anybody else. Where is sloppy Steve now? Feh.

News flash, hellshomer: The Jews and Israel have been alienated from the world since we received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. It's about time Israel doesn't care about anybody else.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 10:36 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #2  
hashomer Says:

The stiff speaking yutz wants to alienate us from the world. As long as his buddy agent orange is happy he couldn’t care less about anybody else. Where is sloppy Steve now? Feh.

What does your nonsense rant have to do with the issue at hand? We are discussing Israel and Syria

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 10:37 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

So yoni there you have it

As far as I know there are no North Korean backed militias in enemy countries . Now imagine that these Iranian backed militias get nukes . Yes nk is a bad player but do they have their own " backed " militias ?

Got the difference ? It's like duh yoni.

I understand the difference. I just don't think it's all that meaningful a difference. You express yourself like a child and/or the current U.S. President.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 10:37 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

So yoni there you have it

As far as I know there are no North Korean backed militias in enemy countries . Now imagine that these Iranian backed militias get nukes . Yes nk is a bad player but do they have their own " backed " militias ?

Got the difference ? It's like duh yoni.

And still not Yoni :)

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 10:47 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

So yoni there you have it

As far as I know there are no North Korean backed militias in enemy countries . Now imagine that these Iranian backed militias get nukes . Yes nk is a bad player but do they have their own " backed " militias ?

Got the difference ? It's like duh yoni.

You used to bring something to this. Now your just a typing reflex.

According to sources in both the American and Israeli press, North Korea supervised the building of underground facilities for Hizbollah in southern Lebanon. According to several reports, all or most of Hizbollah's underground facilities were built primarily under the supervision of North Korean instructors in 2003–2004. The facilities were quite extensive and included dispensaries for the wounded, food stocks, and arms dumps.19 It seems likely that North Korean assistance to Hizbollah served as a key factor in the challenges that Israeli military forces faced when they conducted combat operations against Hizbollah during the 2006 conflict. Israeli reporter Lenny Ben-David in 2007 stated that, "Hizbullah's military bases, armories, bunkers and communications networks were much more extensive than Israel's intelligence services estimated on the eve of the 2006 war." Ben-David also reported that the tunnel building operations were under the control of the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (KMDTC). KMDTC is a company that has been officially sanctioned by the United States for its illicit activities.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 10:48 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

So yoni there you have it

As far as I know there are no North Korean backed militias in enemy countries . Now imagine that these Iranian backed militias get nukes . Yes nk is a bad player but do they have their own " backed " militias ?

Got the difference ? It's like duh yoni.

North Korea also reportedly exported arms to Hizbollah that were used to inflict casualties on Israeli troops and civilians. An article written by South Korean scholar Moon Chung-in asserts that the Israeli intelligence service Mossad has clear evidence that Hizbollah was able to hit the outskirts of Tel Aviv with short-range missiles containing components supplied by North Korea. According to Moon's report, the missile components first went from North Korea to Iran. The Iranians assembled
Bechtol, Jr.: North Korea and Support to Terrorism: An Evolving History
Produced by The Berkeley Electronic Press, 2010
Journal of Strategic Security
50
the missiles and then transported them to Hizbollah via Syria.21 There are also reports of arms shipments originating in North Korea that ended up in the hands of Hizbollah. The "Reform Party in Syria" (RPS), an opposition group, reported in 2008 that Hizbollah had acquired chemical warfare (CW) agents from North Korea. According to RPS, mustard and nerve gas were acquired from Pyongyang, with Syria acting as a conduit. The CW agents can reportedly be weaponized and mounted on Hizbollah's short-range missiles that target Israel.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 10:49 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

So yoni there you have it

As far as I know there are no North Korean backed militias in enemy countries . Now imagine that these Iranian backed militias get nukes . Yes nk is a bad player but do they have their own " backed " militias ?

Got the difference ? It's like duh yoni.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps North Korea's ties to Hizbollah began in collaboration with yet another organization identified by the U.S. State Department as an entity supporting terrorism—the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).23 According to a 2008 Congressional Research Report, the North Koreans collaborated with IRGC operatives (including active duty military generals) in Hizbollah operations that included everything from the shipment of short-range missiles and artillery, to the building of underground facilities.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 10:51 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

So yoni there you have it

As far as I know there are no North Korean backed militias in enemy countries . Now imagine that these Iranian backed militias get nukes . Yes nk is a bad player but do they have their own " backed " militias ?

Got the difference ? It's like duh yoni.

Duh, Archy.

They support Hezbullah, Iran's Revolutionary guards who arm and train Hezbullah and the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, and a terrorist group.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 10:52 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

So yoni there you have it

As far as I know there are no North Korean backed militias in enemy countries . Now imagine that these Iranian backed militias get nukes . Yes nk is a bad player but do they have their own " backed " militias ?

Got the difference ? It's like duh yoni.

Having your head up the tuches of a political party impairs your vision.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 12:16 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #5  
Phineas Says:

I understand the difference. I just don't think it's all that meaningful a difference. You express yourself like a child and/or the current U.S. President.

Yup yoni,

I guess its not meaningful whether that the sun is yellow either. I forgot common sense means nothing.

Re expressing myself. You love using that as a distraction. I almost always provide meaningful common sense and intellectual arguments. Your silly old school backwards mindset, is that those with poor grammar are dumb. But its far from the truth, Its backwards thinking and actually dumb and stupid on your part. In my profession the most brillant minds lack grammar skills including many asains. Even e-mails today are expected to be more text like style and not grammar focused. Nobody in corporate america really cares any more. Unless you are an english professor its irrelevant. Get your head out of the sand. Its the 21st century buddy. Think forward not backwards.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 12:18 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #11  
Phineas Says:

Having your head up the tuches of a political party impairs your vision.

Not married to any party although right now I am staunchly republican. Nothing to do with a party silly. I love Trump thats all

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 12:40 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Phineas Says:

Duh, Archy.

They support Hezbullah, Iran's Revolutionary guards who arm and train Hezbullah and the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, and a terrorist group.

"they Support Iran's revolutionary guards"

Cheap shot based on so many angles

Like you think Iran sits all day waiting for N korea??? Come on . Here and there for monetary reasons they provide support. Iran is not reliant on NK. And its minimal support.
Key differneces
1) Support (NK) is not akin to a direct arm of a govt (Iran)
2) Its minimal support very minimum if that vs my right arm (Hezbolla)
3) Not ideological vs a religion (Iran)
4) Its for money (NK) vs religion (iran). You pay them off not to do it and they won't
5) NK if its peaceful does not threaten South Korea. They only threaten SK if they get attacked. Iran says Jerusalem needs to be wiped off the map, attacked or not attacked. This alone is a HUGE biggly distinction.
6) South Korea who is most threatened wants a peace deal too. Some say they nudged Trump into it. But they clearly want a deal. Israel the one threatened does not want a deal.

Is that enough common sense logic yoni??

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 12:41 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Phineas Says:

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps North Korea's ties to Hizbollah began in collaboration with yet another organization identified by the U.S. State Department as an entity supporting terrorism—the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).23 According to a 2008 Congressional Research Report, the North Koreans collaborated with IRGC operatives (including active duty military generals) in Hizbollah operations that included everything from the shipment of short-range missiles and artillery, to the building of underground facilities.

Bla bla vague jargon. Who knows how "much support" that was

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 12:43 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #8  
Phineas Says:

North Korea also reportedly exported arms to Hizbollah that were used to inflict casualties on Israeli troops and civilians. An article written by South Korean scholar Moon Chung-in asserts that the Israeli intelligence service Mossad has clear evidence that Hizbollah was able to hit the outskirts of Tel Aviv with short-range missiles containing components supplied by North Korea. According to Moon's report, the missile components first went from North Korea to Iran. The Iranians assembled
Bechtol, Jr.: North Korea and Support to Terrorism: An Evolving History
Produced by The Berkeley Electronic Press, 2010
Journal of Strategic Security
50
the missiles and then transported them to Hizbollah via Syria.21 There are also reports of arms shipments originating in North Korea that ended up in the hands of Hizbollah. The "Reform Party in Syria" (RPS), an opposition group, reported in 2008 that Hizbollah had acquired chemical warfare (CW) agents from North Korea. According to RPS, mustard and nerve gas were acquired from Pyongyang, with Syria acting as a conduit. The CW agents can reportedly be weaponized and mounted on Hizbollah's short-range missiles that target Israel.

Yes here and there they make trouble. Not same as your arm.

And its hysteria

Proof in the pudding, Bibi is pro the NK deal and not making noise like Iran. Bibi would know more than your copy paste pieces.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 02:19 PM Phineas Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Bla bla vague jargon. Who knows how "much support" that was

you got schooled. Not by me, but by 5 minutes of googling. You claim to be educated? DO HOMEWORK.

YOU GOT SCHOOLED

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 02:22 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #12  
Educated Archy Says:

Yup yoni,

I guess its not meaningful whether that the sun is yellow either. I forgot common sense means nothing.

Re expressing myself. You love using that as a distraction. I almost always provide meaningful common sense and intellectual arguments. Your silly old school backwards mindset, is that those with poor grammar are dumb. But its far from the truth, Its backwards thinking and actually dumb and stupid on your part. In my profession the most brillant minds lack grammar skills including many asains. Even e-mails today are expected to be more text like style and not grammar focused. Nobody in corporate america really cares any more. Unless you are an english professor its irrelevant. Get your head out of the sand. Its the 21st century buddy. Think forward not backwards.

There are many ignorant people on this site. I am ignorant about constitutional law even though I am a lawyer, and only vaguely understand tax policy. I can identify other deficits. Your ignorance is so profound that you opine confidently about things that easily disproven. Education is about discovering the causes of your ignorance. You are not educated. BUT YOU HAVE BEEN SCHOOLED.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 04:12 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #18  
Phineas Says:

There are many ignorant people on this site. I am ignorant about constitutional law even though I am a lawyer, and only vaguely understand tax policy. I can identify other deficits. Your ignorance is so profound that you opine confidently about things that easily disproven. Education is about discovering the causes of your ignorance. You are not educated. BUT YOU HAVE BEEN SCHOOLED.

Yoni,

Your fancy lingo does nothing to impress me. You are faker and liar as well.
I am very worldly and far from ignorant. You either fail to be able to analyze facts or choose to ignore it. You believe every silly hyper news peace of garbage that you read. Often it lacks common sense.

Skip the literature and use your brain

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 05:09 PM Phineas Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Yoni,

Your fancy lingo does nothing to impress me. You are faker and liar as well.
I am very worldly and far from ignorant. You either fail to be able to analyze facts or choose to ignore it. You believe every silly hyper news peace of garbage that you read. Often it lacks common sense.

Skip the literature and use your brain

The depths of your ignorance can't be understood by you, because of the depths of your ignorance. I cited proof that North Korea supports terror groups. Arms them. YOU GOT SCHOOLED. "Peace" is spelled "piece" and common sense doesn't mean lowest common denominator.

That's ok, you can use some schooling.

Also, no one who is worldly refers to themselves as such. Kind of code word for saying you are a wanna be pundit.

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 Jun 14, 2018 at 07:26 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #20  
Phineas Says:

The depths of your ignorance can't be understood by you, because of the depths of your ignorance. I cited proof that North Korea supports terror groups. Arms them. YOU GOT SCHOOLED. "Peace" is spelled "piece" and common sense doesn't mean lowest common denominator.

That's ok, you can use some schooling.

Also, no one who is worldly refers to themselves as such. Kind of code word for saying you are a wanna be pundit.

Yoni,

A few business dealings is not proof that they "support" terror groups.

Furthermore unlike Iran, NK has one goal the mighty dollar. They have no interest in terror per say.

And lastly support is not akin to owning a terror group. Iran owns Hezboollah . its them.

This is sooo simple. come on use your brain

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