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  •  WINEP (2+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, corvo

    is hosting the Free Syrian Army (FSA) this week, meetings with Hagel.  

    They (the FSA)  seem to be the preferred faction of the fracturing opposition for receiving military aid and US backing  

    They don't seem to have much popular support, and have a reputation of brutality against civilians, but they are led by former Syrian military officers.

    Let's be very careful here.

    The strike also hit the barracks and HQ for 2 battalions of Revolutionary Guards, elite units,  Assad's protective force.

    •  Syria has Republican Guards (4+ / 0-)
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      JesseCW, corvo, poco, Brecht

      not Revolutionary Guards. I've been trying to find exact numbers of fatalities but it's proving difficult. The Syrian regime is always reticent about troop fatalities and injuries so I think we'll have to wait until journalists can get in there to determine what's going on.

      •  My error, thanks for clarification (3+ / 0-)
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        Fire bad tree pretty, corvo, Brecht

        I think you are right, that the publicly stated reason for the attack doesn't hold up.

        The Fateh-110s that were the stated targets of the attack are a more accurate (much more) weapon than predecessors, but Hezbollah has tens of thousands of missiles already.  This really doesn't rise to the urgency of an immediate threat to Israeli territory or soveregnity.  And not a strategic game changer.  

        The SA-17's they took out in January may have restricted Israel's ability to transit or strike in Lebanon, but they are essentially defensive weapons

        My first thought was that Israel was sending a message to the Arab League of total rejection of the revised peace offer engineered by Kerry.  

        The hit on the 104th and 105th Republican Guards was intentional.  They were specifically targeted.  Why?

        •  If Hezbollah has come into possession (0+ / 0-)

          of accurate missiles, this might be a political game changer, in that it would in principle give them the capability of narrowing an attack to purely military targets.

          If they were to do that (and I have to say I'm not holding my breath) they would completely undercut one of the principal arguments the Israelis use against them - that they indiscriminately attack civilian targets.

          Let's hope it doesn't come to the point where we find out if any of this is the case.

      •  Troop fatalities (3+ / 0-)

        First reports are 42 dead, 100 missing.  

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