Debkafile: “Just a week after losing the big Palmyra air base to the Islamic State – and with it large stocks of ammo and military equipment – Syrian military and air units Wednesday, May 27, began pulling out of the big air base at Deir ez-Zour.
This was Bashar Assad’s last military stronghold in eastern Syria.
In the Islamic State’s sights now, is the Syrian army’s biggest air facility, T4 Airbase, which is located on the fast highway linking Homs with Damascus 140 km away and holds the backbone of the Syrian combat air fleet.”
Opinion: From our post on May 24 “ISIS was created to depose Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant – and belligerent – source of energy.”
The T4 air base is critical in that it houses:
- 32 Mig fighter jets
- Syria’s largest stock of bombs
- Air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles.
Over the years Assad has threatened to rain down rockets on Tel Aviv several times, yet he never followed through since Assad knows that his capital and every major city in Syria could be obliterated quickly by the IDF.
But ISIS is a different story; no Islamic Caliphate can exist in the Middle East with the Jewish state in its midst.