An image from a Revolutionary Guards video of explosions in Iran’s skies, April 19, 2024

EA on International Outlets: Explaining Israel’s “Demonstration” Strikes on Iran

EA on International Outlets: Iran’s “Demonstration” Attacks on Israel

Israel and Partners Down “99%” of 300+ Missiles and Drones Fired by Iran


An explosion on a base with Iran-linked militia in central Iraq has killed at least one person and wounded eight.

Sources from Iraq’s Interior Ministry and the military said the blast was on the Calso base, where the former pro-Iranian paramilitary group Hashed al-Shaabi – now integrated into the regular army – is stationed.

Hashed al-Shaabi said it suffers “material losses” and casualties, without giving numbers. A military official said three Iraqi military personnel were wounded.

Two officials blamed the explosion on an airstrike but could not say who was responsible.


Israeli officials have told the Jerusalem Post that assets of the Iran Air Force, “almost right next door to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear site in the same area”, were struck in this morning’s attacks in Isfahan Province.

They said, “The message was unmistakable, ‘We chose not to hit your nuclear sites this time, but we could have done worse right here.'”


A “senior Iranian official” says Tehran has no plan for immediate retaliation against Israel: “The foreign source of the incident has not been confirmed. We have not received any external attack, and the discussion leans more towards infiltration than attack.

An Iranian analyst further distanced Israel from the strikes, saying mini-drones shot down by air defenses in Isfahan were flown by “infiltrators from inside Iran”.

In Israel, the hard-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has criticized his Government: “Feeble!”

Israel’s Home Front Command said there were no special instructions for staying near bomb shelters, indicating no Iranian response is expected.

ORIGINAL ENTRY, APRIL 19: Responding to Sunday’s “demonstration” strikes by Iran, Israel has carried out its own inside Iranian territory.

Explosions were reported on Friday morning over Isfahan in central Iran, and Tabriz in the northwest of the country. The Israelis appeared to have used only drones, refraining from missiles to limit the operations.

Two Israeli and three Iranian officials confirmed the attacks. The Iranian officials said a military base was struck.

Isfahan, with a population of about 2 million, is home to Iranian nuclear facilities — including Natanz, one of its two largest — and military bases. Without claiming responsibility, Israel carried out drone strikes against Iranian missile and drone “workshops” in May 2021 and January 2023, and it damaged part of Natanz, for the manufacture of nuclear centrifuges, in a sabotage operation in April 2021.

Iranian officials said nuclear sites were “secure” after this morning’s strikes. The International Atomic Energy Agency said there was no damage.

The IAEA called for “extreme restraint” from all sides: “Nuclear facilities should never be a target in military conflicts.”

The Fars site, linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, reported three explosions were heard near the Shekari army airbase in northwest Isfahan Province. Space Agency spokesperson Hossein Dalirian said “several” drones had been “successfully shot down”.

An Iranian Army commander, Siavosh Mihandoust, also played down the attack. He said there was no damage, and explosions in Isfahan were from air defense systems targeting a “suspicious object”.

Other information indicates Iranian officials were given advance notice that an attack was imminent. Commercial airlines, including UAE-based Emirates and FlyDubai, began diverting flight routes over western Iran early Friday morning without explanation. Iranian authorities suspended flights to Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz, and other airports in the west, northwest.

Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization says flight restrictions in several airports have now been lifted.