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Aircraft seized by the Islamic State may be used for suicide attacks

At this stage the aerial platforms seized by Islamic State militants in Syria are not posing any threat to Israel. According to a report on the Independent website, in recent days the Islamic State added Syrian fighter jets to its growing inventory, after capturing an air base where they killed at least 200 prisoners. At least three […]

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The Syrian civil war and the IAF’s ‘zero-time reaction’

The civil war in Syria and the extreme Islamic organisations that control parts of the country pose a big problem for the Israeli air force (IAF). To avoid any attempt by the rebels to use the unclear and fast-changing situation in Syria to their advantage, the IAF is taking measures that can be summed up […]

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Time on the ground improves performance in the air

  The changing Israeli northern front requires the country’s air force to deal with new threats and instability in neighboring countries. This is why cadets from the Operational Training Course for the combat helicopter squadrons came to the northern border to “feel” the area without being enclosed behind cockpit windows and helmet.  The air force […]

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Very real threats and (another) night ghost attack

A dark night in the Syria-Lebanon border zone. Big flashes of fire, then silence again. Sounds of jet engines can be heard from the distance. A few minutes pass and then silence is restored. Another ghost attack in this area, and another set of speculations that Israel will not comment on. According to the foreign […]

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The ‘Shadow War’ continues with early warning sensors useless

The “Shadow War” continues with mysterious night attacks on weapons systems on their way to the “wrong hands”, according to Israeli standards. This, time and again, without being detected by any of the ground sensors in the areas where the targets have been located. A few days after I first reported about the unclaimed night […]

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Unidentified fighter aircraft – the “shadow war” in the Middle East

Yesterday a newspaper in Kuwait reported that the Israeli airforce (IAF) had carried out a strike on a shipment of long-range missiles that were on their way from Syria to Hezbollah, the terror organization based in Lebanon. If this report is verified, and if other reports of Israeli strikes in Syria and Lebanon are confirmed, […]

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The mission: verify that Syria is clean of chemical weapons

Israel is unlikely to rely on the UN to verify that the Syrian regime will comply with the resolution to get all chemical weapons out of Syria. The only acceptable proof will be achieved by Israeli-made sensors adapted to gather this information. This is mainly an aerial operation. International inspectors arrived in Damascus on Tuesday […]

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The agreement on Syrian chemical weapons and the IAF

The outcome of the “Red Line” drawn by the USA in the Syrian chemical weapons issue will have many consequences. One will be an effort to increase Israeli air power to a magnitude that has never yet been reached. Officially, Israel continues to keep a very low profile about the agreement, which was actually dictated […]

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USAF readiness for an attack in Syria raises eyebrows in Israel

In Israel many eyebrows were raised as the eyes below them read a statement made last week by US air force chief of staff Gen Mark Welsh. While touring Japan, the general said the air force is in fact not ready for possible action in Syria, because of the effects of sequestration on the readiness […]

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Russian radar prompts ballistic missile warning over Israeli routine test

One of the reasons why Russia continues to support the Syrian government is the strategic need to keep a forward base in the Middle East. Moscow has withdrawn some personnel from the Russian naval base in Tartus, on Syria’s west coast, but it still has a massive presence in the country. But Russia does not […]

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