Israel strikes widely in Syria, indicating aggressive post-Trump posture

JERUSALEM / AMMAN – Israel on Wednesday launched airstrikes in Syria against invoking a wide range of Syrian and Iranian targets, sending a signal that it pursued its policy of crossing the border despite the electoral defeat of US President Donald Trump Will do.

Israel said it called an Iranian-sponsored operation for which Syrians planted explosives near an Israeli military base in the occupied Golan Heights.

Israel has frequently attacked what Iranian-linked targets say in Syria in recent years and has escalated such attacks over the past year in which Western intelligence sources called the shadow war to reduce Iran’s influence. As described.

But Wednesday’s attacks achieved a far broader goal than usual, and the Israeli military was more forthcoming about the details than in previous days, suggesting a clear intention to send a public message.

People inspecting buildings damaged following an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian village of Beit Sebar, southwest of the capital Damascus, in 2019.Via SANA / AFP Getty Image File

Trump, who lost his re-election bid on November 3, has been a strong supporter of Israeli military intervention against Iranian forces in Syria. President-elect Joe Biden has said he will try to revive a nuclear deal with Iran that Trump abandoned.

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The Syrian state news agency reported that three military personnel were killed and one wounded in “Israeli aggression”.

Israeli military spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, said that eight targets were targeted, in areas stretching from the Golan Heights to the periphery of Damascus, belonging to the Syrian army or Iran’s army.

He said that Damascus International Airport had an Iranian headquarters, a “secret military site” that hosted the Iranian military delegation and the 7th Division of the Syrian Armed Forces. The Syrian surface-to-air defense was killed after firing on Israeli planes and missiles, Konaricus said.

Western countries say the Quds Force of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards is responsible for supporting Tehran’s allies in proxy conflicts in the Middle East.

A former Syrian military commander told Reuters that the attacks targeted a base of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite faction Hezbollah in Syria, close to the Lebanese border, with bases in the southern Damascus region and targets in the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights, Where Hezbollah was. Presence.

Conricus made no mention of Hezbollah’s goals.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which oversees the war, said at least ten of the elite have been killed, including five Iranians from the elite army, as well as at least two Shiite militias who are Lebanese or Iraqi Were. A commander in a coalition of regional forces supporting Damascus denied that the casualties were Iranian or Lebanese.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government has never publicly acknowledged that Syrian civil war is leading Iranian forces on its behalf, saying that Tehran has only military advisers on the ground.

Western intelligence sources say Israeli strikes this year have reduced Iran’s extensive military power in Syria, without increasing hostilities.

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