White House leaks that Israel bombed Latakia base
CNN is reporting that a White House official has confirmed that Israeli warplanes struck a military base near
the Syrian city of Latakia this morning.
Israeli officials have refused to comment.
Al Arabiya also reports the story, citing “exclusive sources”:
Israel was behind a series of explosions that rocked a Syrian air base in the northern Latakia province, Al Arabiya television reported on Thursday, quoting exclusive sources.
The bombing targeted a shipment of surface-to-air missiles (SAM) that was headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon, the sources said.
Initial rumors claim that the target was Russian SA-8 missiles en route to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Another security official said that the attack occurred in the port city of Latakia and that the target was Russian-made SA-125 missiles.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the attack.
There is a good reason Israel stays mum on events like this – because acknowledging them opens up the possibility of widening the conflict in Syria.
For an administration that prides itself on extricating itself from wars, it sure looks like it likes to try to start them as well.