Syria Daily: Has Israel Again Attacked Key T4 Airbase?

Aerial overview of the T4 airbase in Homs Province, central Syria

The Assad regime accused Israel of carrying out another airstrike on a key base in central Syria on Sunday.

State media said Israeli missiles were fired on the T4 base in Homs Province, which was also hit in February and in April and which has Iranian personnel directing operations.

As with all Israeli attacks, the regime issued unsupported claims that air defense had downed some of the missiles. It also said an Israeli warplane had been struck and others had been “forced the rest to leave the airspace”, while acknowledging that damage had been caused to the base.

There has been no verification in earlier episodes of missiles being blocked, with Russia withholding its advanced S-400 defense systems from the regime. With Israeli jet firing the missiles from northern Israel and from Lebanese airspace rather than from inside Syria, only one — in the February attacks on sites across the country — has been downed by anti-aircraft fire.

A pro-opposition site claimed that nine pro-Assad fighters were killed in the strike. There is no confirmation for the assertion so far.

Following standard practice, the Israel Defense Forces issued no comment.

Israel has periodically attacked targets inside Syria throughout the 88-month conflict. Initially the focus was on preventing the transfer of Iranian weapons and missiles to Lebanese’s Hezbollah, a key ally of the regime, and on deterring any Iran-Hezbollah move into southwest Syria near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

This year, operations have expanded as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that no Iranian military presence will be tolerated in Syria. In February, Israel said it attacked T4 because the Iranians had launched a drone operation over northern Israel from the base.

In the April attacks across Syria, the largest by Israel since the early 1980s, at least seven Iranian personnel were killed at T4. The Israelis have also reportedly attacked bases being developed by the Iranians near Damascus.

After more than 30 rockets were fired on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights border on May 10, Israel carried out a two-hour attack with dozens of missiles on Iranian targets and regime air defense systems.

Israel had also said that it would respond if Hezbollah or Iranian-supported fighters were involved in the pro-Assad offensive reoccupying territory in southern Syria, near the Jordanian border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. However, the Israelis have refrained from direct confrontation since the June 19 offensive, despite evidence that Iranian-backed militia are among the advancing forces.

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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.

44 COMMENTS

  1. “Asaad Hanna
    ‏Verified account @AsaadHannaa
    Jul 7

    Fighters from Hezbollah and Assad army raping, torturing a woman with her husband and daughter, then started to burn the father.
    God knows what happened to them later.”.
    .
    Better to die fighting than to surrender to the foreign invaders!

  2. Deal is done.. Something big is happening.

    Russia looks to take over Syria and kick out Iranians and for this America promises to leave Syrian bases. This is the deal between the real boss of Syria (Putin) and Trump.. Assad is just a puppet with minimal role in governing until the rebuilding period starts. His role will end as he owes the Iranians money and its his government that has signed the checks to the Iranians. Trump and Putin will meet and finalize the deal in Helsinki. Israel still bombs in Syria while Russia turns a blind eye as they only bomb Hezbozos and Iranian militias.

    Saudi to increase oil output by 2 million barrels to make up for the blocked Iranian oil. America will guaranteed no one buys Iranian oil. China India Russia Europe etc all agree to this and will help in isolating Iran. Iran will either make radical changes or dry up from within and possibly the war will starts within Iran. Meanwhile Saudi finishes up the Houthis in Hodeida port in Yemen. This will mean Iran has lost Syria and Yemen and only owns Baghdad and Beirut.

    The only people to help out Iran will be Turkey and Qatar. Expect Iran to drag them both down.

    In Trukey, after selling Aleppo in exchange for attacking the kurdish regions at will, Erdogan only has 1 card left up his sleeve and that is Idlib. Expect him to sell it out to Russia soon for something regarding more kurdish bombing by him.

    Qatar has no cards left other than money. The muslim brotherhood card burnt out in Egypt Tunis and Libya and they failed to secure the weapons from Russia (S400) and France (Rafale) …these multibillion dollar deals were to buy protection from whats happening. The Russians and French have better deals from Egypt and Saudi though. The Qataris must and will probably turn away from Iran and make good on the 13 requests from its neighboring countries or something happens from within the ruling family there to stop the madness.

    The grand Obama plan was to split up the Middle East into Turkish and Iranian Spheres and this plan failed. The failure started with the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt thus destroying the Turkish Sphere. The rest of the Obama plan failed when the GCC moved into Bahrain and stopped the Iranian funded overthrow and continued with the response to the Houthi coup in Yemen which stopped the Iran spheres expansion. The Iranians and the Turkish did not expect this response from the Egyptians and the GCC.

    The failure of the Obama/Ben Rhodes plan has now led to Trump cutting deals with the Saudis for peace and stability. The New world order has 3 poles, USA, Russia, and China and they are all in agreement that stability is the new goal. Trump wants to worry about equalizing the trade deficit with China and Asia and making nice with Russia. He is not interested in Erdogans silly Ottoman dream or Iran’s Persian Empire silliness. Money Talks and stable Oil Prices above 70 dollars allow america to sell Shale oil at a price that is still profitable. The Saudis have guaranteed stability of oil prices and to make up for any shortage. The Egyptians have also brought in the Americans into new oil finds wrth 10.8 billion dollars.

    Saudi and Egypt have also cut deals with Russia. Saudi has bought the S400 while Iran has been begging for it for a decade now. Egypt has brought in Russia to build peaceful Nuclear powerplant in Dabaa region of the North Coast and to also build a Russian and Chinese Industrial port in the opening of the Suez Canal Region.

    The next few months will be an interesting time inside Iran more than inside Syria. Oil output makes up more than 30% of the economy and the sanctions will make things worse. This hasnt started yet and it has already destabilized the Iranian currency.

    Enjoy the show..
    Im guessing France wins vs Belgium and England beats Croatia and thus.. France vs England 2018 Final
    What do you all think???

    • America will guaranteed no one buys Iranian oil. China India Russia Europe etc all agree to this and will help in isolating Iran.

      Wishful thinking. With the trade war and Russia/China moving away from the US dollar, they have little to no reason to cooperate with the US. China is itching to buy up the any assets Total leave behind should they decide to pull out.

      The failure of the Obama/Ben Rhodes plan has now led to Trump cutting deals with the Saudis for peace and stability

      Trump is not cutting deals with the Saudis for peace and stability, he’s cutting deals to sell arms. The massacre going on in Yemen is not bringing peace and stability

      The New world order has 3 poles, USA, Russia, and China and they are all in agreement that stability is the new goal.

      No. The US wants uni-polarity not stability.

      Money Talks and stable Oil Prices above 70 dollars allow america to sell Shale oil at a price that is still profitable.

      Profitable for Iran also. At this price, Iran can sell below market value and still make a profit. Saudi Arabia has no need for the S400. No on in KSA will have the skill and training to operate it. They bought it to win favour with Putin.

      Belgium to beat France.

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