Israel Accused of Targeting Weapons Convoy on Syria–Iraq Border

January 10, 2020

by: Kate Norman

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Al Bukamal, the site of the strike, is believed to be a weapons smuggling corridor for Iran.

Friday, 10 January 2020 | Israel reportedly conducted an air strike in Syria near the border with Iraq, targeting weapons bound for Iran-backed militia in the region, according to local news agencies and activist groups on the ground.

A Lebanese news agency blamed Israel for the strike, which a local activist news outlet said targeted a weapons shipment of ballistic missiles bound for Hezbollah, Iran’s terror puppet in Lebanon.

The missiles, according to DeirezZor 24, belonged to Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Force (PMF)—a militia backed by Iran. Eight PMF fighters were killed during the strike, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

No leadership from any of the nations involved has commented on the strike or Israel’s involvement, but activists on the ground reported hearing loud explosions in the border region—believed to be a hotspot for Iranian weapons smuggling.

Israel allegedly struck a weapons storehouse in the same area in September.

The Jewish state has not commented on its involvement in the strike, but it rarely does in times such as this. Israel has reportedly been behind several strikes over the years in Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders have declared that they will not allow Iran to entrench itself in nations surrounding Israel’s borders.

Iraq has become the new chessboard for the United States and Iran, conducting proxy and direct strikes against each other in the nation. Iraq has served as the tug-of-war battleground for Washington and Tehran over the past several weeks, starting with an Iran proxy militia striking a US base, killing an American contractor. The US retaliated with a drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport that took out Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani.

US President Donald Trump eased fears that the region would explode into war when he announced Wednesday that “Iran appears to be standing down.” That announcement came after Iran launched over a dozen missiles at an American military base, though no American casualties were reported.

The US—and clearly Israel—are not taking their eyes off the Islamic regime as it steps away from its restrictions under the 2015 nuclear deal. The world is watching to see what Iran will do next.

Posted on January 10, 2020

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 10 January 2020)

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