IDF Ups Attacks Against Iran Revolutionary Guards in Syria

(Times of Israel) Gianluca Pacchiani - Israel's years-long air campaign against Iran-linked groups and weapons in Syria has shifted into high gear in recent months, with strikes on high-value targets at a pace that is "changing the rules of the game," according to experts. Since December, more than half a dozen IRGC officers have been killed in suspected Israeli strikes on Syria. Dr. Carmit Valensi, a senior researcher on Syria at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), said Israeli airstrikes in Syria "are no longer just about attacking weapons transfers or attacking Damascus international airport." Valensi noted that before fighting began in Gaza, killing members of the IRGC's Quds Force or Hizbullah operatives would have been considered a red line, liable to spark a war. "In wartime, we have a different set of rules, by which Israel has more freedom of operation....After the war against Hamas broke out, there were claims that Iran was increasing its presence in the south, preparing itself for opening another front with Israel. But after Israel launched a very intense aerial campaign in Syria, they were deterred."

2024-02-27 00:00:00

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