U.S. Officials: Israel Launches Airstrike Into Syria
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – U.S. officials have confirmed to CBS News that Israel has launched an airstrike into Syria, apparently targeting a suspected weapons site.
Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes against targets inside Syria sometime Friday afternoon, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell told WNEW.
“Some weapons were allegedly being delivered to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Israel took action based on their intelligence,” Mitchell explained. “It came at the same time as the U.S. was getting more intelligence today from a top UN weapons inspector visiting Washington that there had been chemical weapons being used by the regime.”
A Syrian warehouse has been confirmed to be the target of one airstrike, although the contents of that warehouse remain unclear.
BREAKING: US sources confirm to @CBSNews Correspondent David Martin Israel has staged an air strike on a warehouse in Syria.—
Charlie Kaye (@CharlieKayeCBS) May 04, 2013
US sources tell @CBSNews David Martin that at this point they do not know what was in the target warehouse that the Israelis bombed in Syria—
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Hours before news of the attack broke, President Obama told reporters he did not foresee a situation in which deploying U.S. troops to Syria would be helpful.
“As a general rule, I don’t rule things out as a commander-in-chief, because circumstance change,” Obama told reporters during his visit to Costa Rica Friday. “Having said that, I do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in Syria, American boots on the ground in Syria, would be good for America but would also be good for Syria.”
The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
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