Robert Johnson | Apr. 29, 2013, 6:34 AM

Syrian Weapons Plant Map


The Free Syrian Army (FSA) reports that Israeli fighter jets slipped into Damascus over the weekend and bombed a chemical weapons depot outside the city.

Neither Damascus nor Jerusalem have yet confirmed the attack, according to UPI.

According to The Jewish Press (JP) “many” reports came in over the weekend confirming the mission. Sources told the JP Israeli jets arrived over Damascus early Saturday morning and circled Assad’s presidential compound before moving on to target the weapons site.

The Israeli jets reportedly received fire but returned to base unscathed.

The Lebanese Daily Star confirms heavy FSA fighting occurred near the plant, the Scientific Studies and Research Center, but troops lacked the resources to breach the heavily fortified site.

Back in January, Israel bombed a Syrian convoy that may have departed from this center.

Regardless of the details, it appears to have been another deadly weekend in Syria.


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Netanyahu says Iran hasn’t crossed nuclear ‘red line’

Monday, 29 April 2013
Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he has drawn on the graphic of a bomb to describe Iran’s nuclear threat as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly last year. (Reuter)
Al Arabiya with Reuters –

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday Iran had not crossed the “red line” he set for its nuclear program, despite an assessment to the contrary by a former Israeli intelligence chief, Reuters reported.

At the United Nations in September, Netanyahu drew a redline across a cartoon bomb to illustrate the point at which he said Iran will have amassed enough uranium at 20 percent fissile purity to fuel one nuclear bomb if enriched further. He saidt hen that Iran could reach that threshold by mid-2013.

Last week, Amos Yadlin, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence, told a security conference in Tel Aviv that “the Iranians have crossed the red line” Netanyahu drew at the U.N. General Assembly.

Without referring directly to Yadlin, Netanyahu said at a meeting on Monday of his Likud-Beitenu parliamentary faction that Iran’s nuclear activities remained short of his benchmark.

“Iran is continuing with its nuclear program. It has yet to cross the red line I presented at the United Nations, but it is approaching it systematically,” he said in broadcast remarks.

“It must not be allowed to cross it.”

Meanwhile, Israel’s former Prime minister Ehud Olmert said on Sunday that Iran’s nuclear program threat is “exaggerated” since it has not shown progress in the past years, Israeli news website Ynet quoted Olmert as saying.


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