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Syria’s allies on Thursday condemned an Israeli airstrike a day earlier on a Syrian target, and Iran issued a veiled threat to respond, but Israeli analysts said the likelihood of retaliatory attacks across Israel’s borders was slim.

As the civil war in Syria continues, refugees are streaming into Turkey. The Post’s Jenna Johnson just returned from the region and describes what she saw.
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As Israeli officials voiced rising concern this week about the security of Syria’s chemical weapons, the military moved missile defense batteries to northern Israel and anxious Israelis lined up at some gas-mask distribution centers. But Israeli authorities took no extraordinary measures to prepare for a possible response after Wednesday’s strike, apparently calculating that the turmoil in Syria and Israel’s military deterrence would discourage any hostilities.

Details of the attack remained murky, and the United States and Israel maintained a public silence in what analysts said was probably a calculated decision to reduce the prospect of retaliation. Western officials and a former Lebanese security official initially said that the strike was carried out near Syria’s border with Lebanon and possibly hit a truck ferrying weapons, but Syria later announced that a defense research center near Damascus, the capital, had been bombed.

The statement from Syria prompted allies to spring to its defense Thursday. Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, was quoted by Iranian news agencies as warning Israel of “grave consequences” after the airstrike. Analysts described the attack as a probable attempt by Israel to stop the transfer of sophisticated antiaircraft weapons from strife-torn Syria to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon.

Hinting at possible retaliation, Amir-Abdollahian said Israel should not rely on its Iron Dome missile shield, which he said proved ineffective during Israel’s military offensive in November against the militant Hamas group in the Gaza Strip. The system stopped scores of incoming rockets, but others struck southern Israeli cities and reached areas near Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Russia, Syria’s most powerful ally, said in a statement that if the strike is confirmed, “we have a case of unprovoked attacks on targets in the territory of a sovereign state, which grossly violates the U.N. charter and is unacceptable.’’

In Washington, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declined Thursday to discuss the Israeli strike but said Iran and Russia were continuing — and, in Iran’s case, increasing — their assistance to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Clinton dismissed Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s call this week for negotiations between Assad and his opponents. The Russians, she said in an interview with State Department correspondents, are not “passive bystanders in their support for Assad” and are continuing to send financial aid and military equipment to his government.

Iran, Clinton said, had expanded the number of fighters, trainers and supplies it is sending to the Syrian military. “We know that the Iranians are all in for Assad,” she said.
Now, to be honest, I don't know what to think about all this. A friend of mine on FB said something on how WW3 may have began today, and posted this link. I would like some more insight from the more "in-touch" Gaians about this subject.

More links he's been sending:
Syria and Hezbollah won’t join the fight if Israel strikes Iran, top-level report predicts
If all else fails, US will hit Iran in 2013, say former top advisers to Obama and Bush
Civil war always spills into borders.
Veiled threats are veiled threats.

They're not going to do anything.

There are certain countries that like to go around waving a big a** stick at people but most of the time it's all talk.

That being said, I kind of side with Russia and the others on this.

There is nothing technically wrong with Israel being defensive and taking precautions but the fact that Israel still holds to the Bush doctrine and goes for pre-emptive strikes is just making itself worse.

Perfectly fine for getting ready but bad on them for actually attacking something.
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Iran and Russia won't do a thing, especially not Iran since they know ******** with Israel will get the US involved no matter what. Even though an invasion of Iran would validate every paranoid lie the regime has fed to Iranians, a war with the US isn't in Iran's long term interests.

Also, ******** any whining Russia and Iran make about the UN and human rights.
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Now, to be honest, I don't know what to think about all this. A friend of mine on FB said something on how WW3 may have began today, and posted this link. I would like some more insight from the more "in-touch" Gaians about this subject.

More links he's been sending:
Syria and Hezbollah won’t join the fight if Israel strikes Iran, top-level report predicts
If all else fails, US will hit Iran in 2013, say former top advisers to Obama and Bush

It seems al-Assad got a chance to settle Syrian conflict. Syrian insurgents are radical islamists, certainly they hate al-Assad's secular regime, but they probably should hate Israel even more. What if al-Assad will be able to convince them to join forces against the common enemy? We'll see.

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