A shadow long-range attack in the desert

Imagination, or fact? The international media was busy yesterday explaining how, according to the Sudanese government, Israel had destroyed a weapons factory near the capital Khartoum on Tuesday.


The Sudanese government claimed that four Israeli fighters had attacked the factory, which was completely destroyed. Sudan has blamed Israel for such attacks in the past.


According to the international media, Israel believes weapons are being smuggled through the region to Gaza.


In April 2011, Khartoum held Israel responsible for an air strike that killed two people in a car near the city of Port Sudan. Israel, again, did not comment.


If the Sudanese accusations are based on fact, that was a very long mission. If what is said in the international press is true, fighters flew in a 1,900km (1,180 miles) path and back without being detected on the way.


This unconfirmed story cannot be unrelated to the many reports about an Israeli plan to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.


Long flight, fighters undetected on their long way to a target. If what the Sudanese government said is true, someone gave a new meaning to the definition “long-range attack”.


However, in the Middle East, the facts are sometimes blurred by the haze created by the sun and dust. Sometimes that haze is gone after a while. Sometimes it stays over an area for many years.


I am not referring to anything, but I reported here some months ago that the Israeli defence forces (IDF) have established a Depth Command. Is this relevant to the Sudanese allegations?


Anyhow, since Tuesday, somewhere in the world, some people are very frustrated. They cannot boast a perfect military operation.


That happened after a nuclear facility was destroyed in Syria by an unnamed force. It also happened when convoys carrying Iranian-made weapons were attacked from the air in the Sudanese desert. These are only two examples of operations that no-one claims credit for.

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