No one believed this obvious lie, but why would Syria even make this claim?
Well, it turns out that the area was home to one of the largest depots in the country. A depot that is being used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah. The occupants fled the area, fearing US airstrikes in retaliation for Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians in Douma.
The airstrikes from the US, Britain and France targeted research and storage facilities believed to be involved in the use of chemical weapons, which raises the question: why did the Israeli attack single out Iranian targets?
Well, the Israeli government has seen an uptick in the threat posed to the Jewish state by the Iranian Regime and its proxies in Syria.
In February, we saw an Iranian reconnaissance drone enter Israeli airspace only to be shot down. This Iranian incursion was a dangerous precedent, putting the rival countries into “direct open military confrontation for the first time”, as previously the Iranian Regime has used its many proxy groups to attack Israel.
Upon further analysis the Israeli government determined that the captured drone was not simply being used for reconnaissance. Instead, it was sent as part of a military operation and, therefore, represented a serious development in the conflict.
That’s why Israel is now confronting Iran in Syria. And this is not the first time. On April 9, Israel launched a retaliatory airstrike on the T-4 air base from which the drone was controlled, which killed seven IRGC members.
Only two weeks ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with his Russian and Turkish counterparts to celebrate their presumed ‘victory’ in Syria, but now the tables have turned.
While the Israeli operation was smaller than that of the US, the UK, and France, there’s no mistaking that it much more decisive and perhaps even more significant. Their few attacks through the Syrian civil war have typically targeted the IRGC and its militias, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Iraq’s ‘Assa’eb Ahl Al-Haqq, the Afghan Fatemiyyoun, and others, but if this continues it may well help bring down the Syrian and the Iranian Regimes.
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, the former general manager of Al Arabiya news channel, wrote on Arab News: “Today, the pressure on Iran is so massive that, unless it announces a partial withdrawal from Syria, we are set to witness another round of regional war on Syrian soil, this time against Iran and Hezbollah. Furthermore, let us not forget that Iran’s economy continues to suffer after years of crippling sanctions, with the national currency hitting an all-time low.”