Iran Has Not Halted Plans of Entrenchment in Syria

(Ynet News) Ron Ben Yishai - Iran has continued its entrenchment efforts in Syria, hoping to turn it into a base of operations against Israel. Its activity in April included the transfer of precise ballistic missiles, construction of logistical bases on the Syrian border with Iraq to serve pro-Iranian militias based in the Golan Heights region, support for Hizbullah's operations on the Syrian-Israeli border, and improving Syrian air defenses. After the assassination by the U.S. of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, Israeli military leaders believed it was time to increase attacks against Iranian operations in Syria in the hopes of convincing Tehran to re-think its Syrian policy. Israeli leaders hoped the Iranians would find it too costly to continue their efforts of entrenchment in the region. As part of this strategy, there was an attack Monday on a Syrian military base and research complex near Aleppo, the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC). The facility is producing precise long-range missiles for Hizbullah. Scud D missiles with a 700-km. range that are produced in the facility can target Beersheba in southern Israel with a warhead weighing half a ton.

2020-05-06 00:00:00

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