The Israel Air Force on July 5 destroyed a Syrian arms depot containing Russian-made advanced anti-ship missiles, according to weekend reports in the American media.
The target was located in the port city of Latakia, where the Russian fleet often docks. Israel considered the missiles a grave threat to its own naval forces, and had vowed to not let Syria or its allies take possession of them.
If the reports are true, this would be the fourth time this year that the Israel Air Force attacked targets in Syria to prevent advanced weapons from falling into the hands of unstable forces.
More amazing are rumors that the Israeli jets used air bases in Turkey in order to avoid spending too much time in Syrian airspace. Israel and Turkey have had tense relations for the past several years, but both have mutual defensive goals when it comes to Syria and other Islamic hot spots.