Iran Continues to Entrench Forces in Syria

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18 Apr 2018 (All day)
Iran Continues to Entrench Forces in Syria
Security officials announced on Tuesday evening that they are preparing to respond to plans by Iran to strike Israel from Syrian territory in response to last week’s airstike on the T-4 base there which killed several members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.  “Israel will react strongly to any Iranian action from inside Syria,” a senior IDF source told Sky News in Arabic. The announcement was accompanied by the release of surveillance photos showing extensive Iranian operations at several military bases in Syria ostensibly under the control of forces loyal to the Assad regime.

According to Israeli intelligence assessments, the IRGC’s air force commander Brig.-Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, is leading the efforts to set up operations in Syria from which to threaten Israel. In addition to T-4, the photos show IRGC personnel and equipment at bases in Aleppo, Deir al-Zor, Damascus International Airport and another airfield south of Damascus.

In related news, reports emerged this week that Israel has opted to keep a squadron of front-line F-15 aircraft home for the time being instead of sending them to the US for a multi-national training exercise as previously planned.

Here is a video giving some analysis of Iran’s strategy in the Middle East and recent events in Syria