Syria Daily: Reports — Another Israel Airstrike on “Iranian Base” Near Damascus

Israel has reportedly launched another airstrike on a base near Syria’s capital Damascus that is used by Iranian-led militias.

The Assad regime’s media said the Israelis launched missiles at the base in Kisweh, south of Damascus, hours after Donald Trump announced US withdrawal from the July 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Unconfirmed claims said that nine Iranian personnel and/or Iranian-supported militia were killed.

State news agency SANA put out the regime’s standard assertion that the attack had been repelled, saying both missiles were destroyed by air defenses.

But a “commander in the regional alliance supporting…Assad” — a phrase pointing to Hezbollah — said the missiles had struck the base, albeit without causing casualties.

The Israel Defense Forces maintained its policy of never commenting on its operations. A spokeswoman said, “We do not respond to such foreign reports.”

Israel first struck the Kisweh base last autumn, with Israeli outlets reporting a build-up of the facilities and the positioning of Iranian and Iranian-led personnel. The IDF has also stepped up assaults on other major positions where Iran is involved, including two attacks on the T-4 base near Palmyra in central Syria.

Before Trump’s statement, the Israeli military had instructed civic authorities in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to to ready bomb shelters, deploy new defenses, and mobilize some reservist forces against a possible Iranian response.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is travelling to Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin about “ensuring ongoing military cooperation in Syria” — a reference to Moscow’s commitment, part of a September 2015 deal in which Israel accepted Russia’s military intervention — to keep Iranian-led forces and Hezbollah away from the Golan Heights.

Netanyahu has also pressed for Russia to go farther in restricting Iran’s involvement in Syria. However, a confrontation is looming because of the Assad regime’s likely offensive on opposition areas in the south, attacks which would require Iranian-led units.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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      • Heh – Iran after spending tens of billions of dollars in Syria is being told by Russia that their presence is unwanted? Could be – in which case Iran will have to pay Russia in order to be allowed to remain in the game.

        Russia is cutting down defense spending as predicted and needs to finance its presence in Syria. So most likely Iran will have some kind of presence, which will be under attack by Israel. Russia will charge Iran a lot of money in order to shoot down Israeli missiles.

        • I seriously doubt any kind of russian help to iran. Vlad aint so stupid, he perfectly knows that that will be the loosing side.

        • Russia is already proving Syria with S300s free of charge. And no point have they ever told the Iranians their presence is not wanted. Not only is it not up to Russia (it’s up to Assad), but they have been cooperating with Russia anyway and serving as the ground forces alongside Hezbollah

          • Given that Putin is a buddy with Netanyahoo, I am pretty sure that the S300 which Russia is going to give (has not given yet) will be crippled on purpose not to shoot down Israeli missiles (if it could in the first place). Of course Assad and Ali K would know nothing about this. And if they complain, Russia will brush them off as “dammit, you haven’t learnt how to fire these missiles, have you?” “How many of your IRGC mollas have learnt to read Russian?”. And “If you want the next model S300A which even a monkey can fire, then you need to get $10B from Iran and pay us that money.”.

            With Iranian nuke weapons R&D now shut down in North Korea, Iran is in a real bind. Nobody takes them seriously and they have no where to turn to to build nukes. And the sanctions will assure that the IRGC starts fighting amongst themselves for the breadcrumbs received for oil.

            • Given that Putin is a buddy with Netanyahoo, I am pretty sure that the S300 which Russia is going to give (has not given yet) will be crippled on purpose not to shoot down Israeli missiles

              Nonsense. That would defeat the entire purpose fo supplying S300s, especially given that Syrian AA missiles have already managed to shoot down Israeli missiles in the past.

              In fact, the proposal

              And if they complain, Russia will brush them off as “dammit, you haven’t learnt how to fire these missiles, have you?”

              Wrong again. Russia have already stated that the missile launchers would be manned by Russians until the SAA got up to speed with training.

              “How many of your IRGC mollas have learnt to read Russian?”.

              Russia are selling S400s to the Saudis so I am pretty sure knowing Russian is not a pre-requisite to operating them

              With Iranian nuke weapons R&D now shut down in North Korea, Iran is in a real bind.

              There was no Iran nuke R&D in North Korea. Not even Bibbi is making that claim.

  1. It’s happened. Scott can you confirm that Iran/Israel are officially fighting? Lots of rumours/reports on social media that’ the Israelis are shelling Quneitra now because of a MLR attack by the IRGC in southern Syria.

    • The mighty retaliation of the iranians consisted in the launching of 20 (lol) mlrs. Which were intercepted or fell on the same syrian soil. In response Israel carried out its biggest air operation from the 70s hitting non stop no less than 35 iranian targets inside syria. Iranians were taught a lesson last night. As usuall like always syrian AA shot at the moon and the russians stayed put. Israel can do what it wants in syria. Last night it bombed syria for 3 hrs straight.

      • The mighty retaliation of the iranians consisted in the launching of 20 (lol) mlrs.

        Actually it was closer to 50.

        Which were intercepted or fell on the same syrian soil.

        Based on Israel’s claims, which are no credible. You might recall that following the downing of the F16, the Israelis claimed they had taken out half of Syrians air defenses, yet the Syrian air defenses shot down 71 Tomohawks shortly after.

        In response Israel carried out its biggest air operation from the 70s hitting non stop no less than 35 iranian targets inside syria.

        Actually Israel claim a dozen targets.

        Israel can do what it wants in syria. Last night it bombed syria for 3 hrs straight.

        Actually Israel didn’t even enter Syrian air space. They are too scared of the Syrian air defenses.

    • You dont understand. As usuall. Its russia whiich will never think in its mind to hit israel. And the latest years should prove you that. Israel bombs syria when it wants and NEVER there was the slightest reaction from russia. Those s400 are fcking joke. The same pro assad trolls are starting to get itchy with the russians accusing them of doing nothing. The more bright ones (which you are not part of) are starting to understand that russia has its agenda too. Welcome to the real world andre. A bit different from the dreams you have in your bedroom 🙂

      • You are wrong yet again.

        And the latest years should prove you that. Israel bombs syria when it wants and NEVER there was the slightest reaction from russia.

        Wrong. It was the latest attacks from F.U.K.U.S that convinced Russia to stop pandering to the West and make good on it’s delivery of S300s to Syria. They have even offered to man those launchers while the Syrians get up to speed on operating them

        Those s400 are fcking joke.

        The US and Israel disagree. That’s why they both make sure to inform the Russians of their plans to carry out attacks in Syria in case they get targeted.

        The more bright ones (which you are not part of) are starting to understand that russia has its agenda too. Welcome to the real world andre.

        Of course the Russians have an agenda. It case you hadn’t noticed that agenda involved keeping Assad in power and guess what? Syria/Iran/Russia have won the war in Russia. Even the generals Centcom and NATO admit that. Assadisn’t going anywhere.

        • Go back to sleep ffs 🙂 your iranian pals have just been taught the lesson of their lives. You make no sense as usual. As said before. Welcome to the real world 🙂

          • Go back to sleep ffs 🙂 your iranian pals have just been taught the lesson of their lives.

            You are so desperate for satisfaction. The Iranians are have been fighting in Syria for years and withstood a decade long war with Iraq. Last night was no big deal.

            Oh, and in case you missed it, Assad/Iran/Russia won the war according to the Generals at CENTCOM and NATO.:)

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