The Jerusalem Post is reporting more details on the recent raid by the IAF into Syrian airspace.
Unconfirmed details of Israel’s alleged foray into Syrian airspace 10 days ago continued to circulate Sunday in foreign media with a latest report by the British Observer which claimed that as many as eight F-15 and F-16 fighter jets participated in the operation.
The planes, said the report, were equipped with ‘Maverick’ heavy missiles and 500 pound bombs. Escorting the pilots high above them was an ELINT - an electronic intelligence gathering aircraft - the report claimed.
The Observer estimated that the IAF was holding a rehearsal ahead of a future operation.
The operation “can be seen as a dry run, a raid using the same heavily modified long-range aircraft, procured specifically from the US with Iran’s nuclear sites in mind,” the report said.
Meanwhile, US intimations of Syrian nuclear cooperation with North Korea might be a prelude to an attack on Syria, a state-run newspaper said.
The comment published in an editorial in one of the largest state-owned dailies, al-Thawra, came two days after a senior US nuclear official said the North Koreans were in Syria and that Damascus may have had contacts with “secret suppliers” to obtain nuclear equipment.
Al-Thawra predicted that more accusations could well be on their way. “The magnitude of these false accusations might be a prelude to a new aggression against Syria,” al-Thawra daily said.
The newspaper called the suggestions of atomic cooperation “a flagrant lie” and said Syria has repeatedly asked the international community to disarm Israel of its nuclear weapons and called for a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction.