Israel vows not allow Iranian foothold in Syria, "whatever the cost"

Daniel Fowler
April 11, 2018

Trump said there was little question that Syria was responsible for the apparent weekend attack, although the government of President Bashar Assad denied it.

The raid on the T4 airfield in Homs province comes as tensions rise over possible US military action in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb late Saturday.

Israel has previously targeted "Iranian targets" inside Syria.

Some Lebanese media outlets said residents living near the northeastern border with Syria heard jets in the sky in the early morning hours, also suggesting that the attack may have been carried out by Israel. Syria initially blamed the USA for the strike.

The Israeli military said Iran and its Revolutionary Guards had always been active in the T4 base, and were using it to transfer weapons, including to Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah, an enemy of Israel.

Syria claimed that its air defenses had shot down eight missiles fired at the airbase Monday, while RIA Novosti reported three missiles flew to their target and a remaining five were shot down.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a March interview with the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that Israel had been acting militarily in Syria in recent months.

The attack came as Syrian forces were on the verge of reclaiming Douma, the last town held by rebels in Eastern Ghouta, which was besieged for six years and has been heavily bombarded since mid-February.

President Donald Trump on Monday threatened an imminent military strike against Syria, vowing to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians and warning that Russian Federation or any other nation found to share responsibility will "pay a price".

US objectives in Syria are now murky, as Trump has stated that he intends to withdraw from the war-torn country after the defeat of the Islamic State, but the USA national security establishment (Pentagon, State Department, and CIA) is keen on staying in Syria to rebuild and stabilize it to hinder Russian, Turkish, and Iranian ambitions while preventing ISIS from re-emerging as a regional nuisance. There is also a telephone hotline between the Israelis and the Russian headquarters in Syria. Gen. Mulhem suggested. "Israel could not carry out this operation without coordination with the United States". It has clearly stated in the past that it would respond to Iran's growing presence in Syria.

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Is there a connection to the Douma attack?

"The US statement that it did not attack Syria should be understood in the sense that [the Americans] do not want to come into direct confrontation with Russian Federation".

"However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable".

Sana initially called the reported missile strike on the Tiyas airfield a "suspected U.S. attack", but later dropped the reference to the US.

The strike on the airbase followed a chemical weapons attack on Douma Sunday that ended the lives of dozens of people, including women and children.

However, it has not been possible to verify independently what actually happened, or the actual number of dead.

In April 2017, the USA fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria's Shayrat military airfield in response to a chemical weapons attack on a different rebel-held town, Khan Sheikhoun. The draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated ahead of an emergency Security Council meeting. A particularly gruesome chemical attack by the Assad regime yesterday appears to have sparked a course reversal.

Then, during the meeting with top military leaders, he said the weekend assault "will be met and it will be met forcefully". Under the deal, 100 buses are said to be moving 8,000 fighters and 40,000 of their relatives out of the battered town.

The development means pro-government forces have now taken full control of Eastern Ghouta.

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, most of the 14 killed were either Iranian forces or Iran-backed proxies supporting the Syrian government.

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