Israel strikes at Iranian forces in Syria to foil attack

Clay Curtis
August 25, 2019

The IDF announced late Saturday night that Israeli forces thwarted a deadly attack on Israel by Iran, attacking a number of terrorist targets southeast of Damascus in Syria.

State TV did not give further details about the Israeli attack.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the regime was behind the attacks, saying they had been meant to reach "Iranian" targets in Syria.

Israel's military rarely acknowledges operations in Syria, but it claimed on Saturday its strikes had prevented an attack on Israel "using killer drones".

Since the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011, Israel has conducted hundreds of strikes in Syria, a lot of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

The last such attack occurred August 1, when Syria said Israel carried out a missile attack in the country's south, causing material damage.

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Israeli military spokesperson Jonathan Conricus told reporters the forces were preparing to launch "killer drones" armed with explosives at northern Israel.

The Jewish state insists that it has the right to continue to target positions held by Iran and its ally Hezbollah out of self-defence.

A number of foreign media outlets distributed the information with the headline "US is transporting Israeli drones to Azerbaijan to attack Iraq". "This was a significant plan with significant capabilities that had been planned for a few months", Conricus said.

A Syrian military source quoted by the official Sana news agency said that Syrian anti-aircraft defences "detected enemy targets from Golan heading towards the area around Damascus". He said Israel's chief of staff was meeting with senior officers and forces were on high alert near the Syrian frontier. Israel considers Iran to be its greatest enemy and has repeatedly vowed that it will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria, where Iranian troops have been fighting in support of President Bashar Assad during the country's eight-year civil war.

"Iran has no immunity anywhere", Netanyahu said. Direct clashes between Israel and Iranian forces have been rare.

Illustrative: Iraqi Hezbollah members hold up the yellow flags of the Iraqi branch of the Lebanese terror group and a portrait of Iran's late supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, as they walk on an Israeli flag painted on the ground during a parade marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day on July 25, 2014, in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

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