What, exactly, has put claims of responsibility by JaN to rest? Sorry if my post was unclear; IMO, there was collusion.
Nusra has been working with Israel and frankly, would be far more likely to have developed useful intel against an enemy entity than the Israelis can at this point in time. They have been truthful about their very restricted ability to gather their own intel on the ground. The Syrian Druze are another possibility; their Israeli brothers in the IDF are slated to become the “point of the spear” soldiers to be initially mustered against Hezbollah.
I’ll even entertain the notion that there were two separate attacks……..;) One on the Iranians and an earlier one (as claimed by Nusra) on HA.
In general, “Israel” does not feel threatened by ISIS. That sanguine assessment is not universal among security types, however. They have formed an alliance with JaN and basically consider the non-Israeli populace along the Golan/Syrian borders as at the very least, living shields.
ISIS made the US an instant enemy with their beheadings of Americans and other Westerners.
my point was that airpower was not required to take out the vehicles; surface-to-surface missiles of whatever type could also be utilized as well as remotely detonated IEDs.
The Izzies are now refuting the Reuters article source claims that they didn’t know an Iranian general was in the vehicle, singular.
Frankly, the Israelis are really nonplused about this whole business and there are not only broad cynical claims that the killings were yet another aggressive military move staged prior to an election but also real fear that their leadership has recklessly endangered them. In my decade + years of watching the place, I have never seen such
They have good reason to be fearful as the shelters /”Iron Domes” in place cannot begin to shield their population from the kind of onslaught they could face.
There are those Israelis who are convinced that “mowing the grass” and the “Dahiya” option by way of massive Israeli airstrikes over a few days will be required. A major originator/proponent of those working theories is one Gadi Eizenkot, formerly of the *Northern Command during the ’06 war and now, just awaiting the call to formally take over his post of Israel’s next Chief of Staff.
*(Eizenkot wanted to send IDF ground forces in at the very beginning of the conflict and was frustrated by higher
……..the ouija board is too clogged up to read clearly right now but be warned that Israel is deploying military assets to the north.