U.S. Says Israel Airstrike Targeted Advanced Missiles that Russia Sold to Syria

(New York Times) Michael R. Gordon - Israel carried out an air attack near Latakia, Syria, on July 5 that targeted advanced Yakhont antiship cruise missiles sold to the Syria government by Russia, American officials said Saturday. The missile represented a threat to Israel's naval forces and raised concerns that it might be provided to Hizbullah. Israeli officials have made it clear that Israel is prepared to carry out airstrikes to prevent sophisticated weapons from being diverted to Hizbullah. The Yakhont antiship missile system is far more sophisticated than the one fired by Hizbullah in July 2006 that seriously damaged an Israeli ship off the coast of Lebanon.

2013-07-15 00:00:00

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