More details about Israel's air strike on Syria emerged from around the world Wednesday evening, and while many mysteries remain, everyone seems to agree that this situation could get very, very messy.
Chief amongst those mysteries is what exactly Israel bombed. Israel, of course, is giving everyone the silent treatment, just like it did five years ago when it bombed a suspected nuclear site in Syria. Syria, however, is rather outspoken about the whole affair. Although initial reports suggested that the Israeli attack targeted a truck carrying weapons, Syria now claims the strike was much broader. "Israeli warplanes violated our airspace at dawn today and directly struck one of the scientific research centers responsible for elevating resistance and self-defense capabilities in the area of Jamraya in the Damascus countryside," the Syrian military said in a statement on its official news channel. It went on to explain that the attack killed two, injured five and "caused significant material damage and the destruction of the complex."
Assuming that Syria is telling the truth, one has to wonder: Why the heck would Israel bomb a scientific research facility? The answer is easy. The targeted compound is allegedly where Syria is developing its chemical weapons. Israel — along with the United States — is deeply concerned about what Syria is going to do with its chemical weapons cache. In the worst case scenario, "deepening Israeli concerns that the disintegration of Syria could lead to the transfer of advanced weapons to Islamist militants there or to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group in neighboring Lebanon, posing new threats to Israel's military reach across its borders," explains The Washington Post. It's also unclear if this sort of move would qualify as crossing Obama's "red line." The president said last month that the United States would intervene if Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people.