JERUSALEM — Israel’s air force commander, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, said yesterday that the sudden collapse of Syria would oblige Israel to undertake a massive attack “within hours.”
About 30 Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and 20 Syrian soldiers and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been killed in the fiercest fighting this year in the rebel stronghold of Qusair, Syrian activists said on Monday.
The United States remains fully committed to helping Syrian rebels topple the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday evening.
Iranian officials are believed to be encouraging the Syrian army, Palestinians, and its terror proxy Hezbollah to launch an attack on the Golan Heights, Israeli territory that borders war-torn Syria.
Secretary of State John Kerry backtracked from America’s commitment to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power during his visit to Russia Tuesday.
The United States now believes the Assad regime has used small amounts of chemical weapons in Syria, administration officials said Thursday.
JERUSALEM — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, currently touring the Middle East for the first time in his new role, was confronted with Israeli evidence that Syria may have deployed chemical weapons against rebel troops.
The United States receives unconfirmed reports of chemical weapons use in Syria every day, the director of national intelligence testified at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday morning.
The Syrian military killed at least 60 civilians, including women and children, an act anti-government activists identified as a massacre, reports the New York Times.