On the evening of February 6, 2020, around 11:45pm local time, the Israeli Air Force executed an air strike against Iran. According to foreign reports (Note: Israel prohibits publication of Israeli military operations which aren’t approved by the military censors; however, news outlets are free to report on non-Israeli news publications reports), the missiles were either shot from Mt Hermon and/or from the Israeli Golan Heights, dependent upon which source you read. It’s possible that the eye witnesses were both correct. Friends of ours, who live in the Golan, heard the fighter jets above them. We hear so many jets and “booms” that we might have heard noise from the strike and not recognized it as something out of the ordinary.
Interestingly, Iran said recently that they will “strike US, Israel if they make the slightest error.” Of course, both Israel and the US will continue their operations, especially when Iran is sending additional weapons to Hezbollah via Syria. An Iranian 747 landed at the Damascus airport just a few days ago with just such a shipment.
As you can see on the map I marked up, we live 30 miles from where the air strikes were directed. This mission was relatively early compared to most missions like this, which usually happen around 3:00am.
The Russians claimed that Israeli fighter jets caused a Syrian passenger jet to reroute, but this isn’t the first time that they’ve made such an accusation. Russia said that Israel “put a civilian aircraft in serious danger and forced it to divert to Russia’s Khmeimim airbase.” But the Jerusalem Post wrote that, “the Cham Wings airline has not complained of being nearly hit and it’s not clear why it flew north to Latakia rather than land at another airport.” It turns out that Russia regularly shadows passenger jets to remain undetected, and then they split off to head toward their final destination to deliver unknown materiel.
Rumor has it that the United States and Israel have agreed to work with each other to keep Iran at bay in this part of the world. The United States is covering Iraq and Israel is covering Syria for this purpose.
That might explain why, a couple of days later, news outlets reported that among the dead from the Israeli missile strike were at least two high ranking Iranian officers.
So goes our neighborhood.