Israel army provides maps of Iran sites struck in Syria

Marsha Scott
May 13, 2018

Netanyahu said a "clear message" was delivered to the Assad regime - that Israel's action was directed against Iranian targets in Syria. The goods brought in by container represent only 15% to 20% of total trade, but they are the goods that make the difference between the 21st and 19th centuries as far as most Iranians are concerned.

Iran on Friday said Syria had the right to defend itself against aggression from Israel and accused others of remaining silent over the attacks on Tehran's key regional ally, in a statement reaffirming its insistance it had no role in an attack on Israeli forces in the Golan Heights.

Iran's enemies are not seeking military confrontation, said the deputy head of the IRGC, Brigadier Hossein Salami, on Thursday.

Syria's military later reported that three people had died in the Israeli attack.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the IDF had destroyed "nearly all" of Iran's military infrastructure sites in Syria.

"We will expand our missile capabilities despite Western let Israel know that if it acts foolishly, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", he said in remarks during Friday prayers that were carried on Iranian state television. Israel's massive aerial attacks earlier today on Iranians and Syrians - its most extensive cross-border strikes in decades - are carrying out this propaganda strategy to perfection, and even normally skeptical news outlets are being fooled.

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In February, Israel shot down what it said was an armed Iranian drone that entered Israeli airspace.

The immediate tensions stem from an Israeli air strike on what they claimed was an Iranian drone facility at the so-called T-4 air base, near Palmyra, on 9 April, which reportedly killed several Iranian military advisers. This latest round of attacks comes days after President Trump pulled the USA out of the deal that regulated Iranian nuclear ambitions. In retaliation to the attacks on Iran's military systems in Syria, prominent Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami threatened attack on two of Israel's most important cities if the Jewish nation continued on its "foolish" ways.

The Israelis do not want a wider war with Iran. It blamed the rocket fire on Iran's Al-Quds force, adding that Israel's anti-missile system intercepted four of the projectiles while the rest did not land in its territory. "That was kind of soft language by the Iranians saying, 'OK, maybe we tried but we learned our lesson and we're going to stop this policy, '" said Ben-Onn.

For too long, those options were constrained by concerns that the pressure to confront Iran - to stop its support of Assad's slaughter of millions, of the Houthis in Yemen, of the IRGC and Hezbollah's terror - would undermine the nuclear accord.

The comments, by Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to President Vladimir Putin who oversees Russian military assistance to other countries, follow a visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, who has been lobbying Putin hard not to transfer the missiles.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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