Gunmen kill 2 border guards in southeastern Iran

Marsha Scott
April 18, 2018

Days before Western airstrikes against the Syrian regime last week, Israel is believed to have carried out its own attack on the regime's T4 airbase in central Syria on April 9.

An anonymous Israeli army source was quoted in the New York Times Monday as stating that Israel did indeed attack a Syrian air base a week ago, but an official IDF spokesperson shortly thereafter walked back the claim.

Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russian Federation, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members.

In anticipation of what some security officials said could be an imminent attack by Iran, the IDF on Tuesday revealed the data it has gathered on the extent of the Iranian presence in Syria.

Iran is expected to deploy the weapon to warzones in the region to combat what Iranian officials described as "regional threats".

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned that the "crime" committed "will not remain without response".

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Seven of the 14 people killed in the Israeli air strike on the base were members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps' elite Quds Force.

According to the United Nations envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, the Iranian government spends at least $6 billion annually on maintaining Assad's government.

Iranian-Israeli relations have always been highly tense, as Tehran doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist.

The Russian Defense Ministry blamed Israel for the attack, saying that two Israel Air Force (IAF) F-15 jets fired the missile at the Syrian airbase from Lebanese airspace.

The photo released illustrates how Tehran was capable of delivering surface-to-surface missiles (SSM) and unarmed aerial vehicles (UAV) to Syria.

The Israeli military attempted to distance itself from the comments and "disputed the characterization and accuracy of the raid" by the Israeli source, Friedman said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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