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Israel-IranIsrael destroyed “nearly all” of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria

Published 11 May 2018

On Wednesday night, in the largest Israeli air campaign against Syria since the 1973 war, and the largest-ever direct clash between the Iranian and Israeli militaries, Israel launched 70 missiles – 60 air-to-ground missiles fired from 28 F-15 and F-16 flying over Syria and Lebanon, and 10 surface-to-surface missiles launched from inside Israel — at key Iranian military targets all across Syria. Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the Israel had destroyed “nearly all” of Iran’s military infrastructure sites in Syria.

On Wednesday night, in the largest Israeli air campaign against Syria since the 1973 war, and the largest-ever direct clash between the Iranian and Israeli militaries, Israel launched 70 missiles – 60 air-to-ground missiles fired from 28 F-15 and F-16 flying over Syria and Lebanon, and 10 surface-to-surface missiles launched from inside Israel — at key Iranian military targets all across Syria.

The Israeli attacks destroyed more than 45 important Iranian military infrastructure targets – airfields, missile production facilities, rocket launchers, command-and-control centers, intelligence centers, observation posts, arms depots, military storage facilities, logistics hubs, training bases, and more.

The main goal of the attack was to destroy sixteen sprawling military and logistical hubs which served as the spine of the growing Iranian military presence in Syria.

Israel has also destroyed a number of Syrian air defense systems — Russian-supplied SA-5, SA-2, SA-22, and SA-17 batteries — which had launched anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli planes, ignoring the Arabic-language IDF spokesperson explicit warning that “any Syrian involvement will be met with the utmost severity.”

On 9 April, Israel destroyed about 40 percent of Syria’s air defenses in response to Syria shooting down an Israeli F-16 on its way back from attacking the Iranian T-4 army base inside Syria.

Wednesday attacks killed at least 23 fighters, including five Syrian regime troops, 8 Iranian officers, and 10 members of Shi’a militias from Iraq and Afghanistan which Iran has deployed to Syria.

Israel’s massive retaliation was a response to twenty Grad and Fajr-5 rockets fired earlier Wednesday evening by Iranian forces from inside Syria at Israeli military bases in the northern Golan Heights. Israeli Iron Dome defenses intercepted four of the Iranian rockets which were about to enter Israel’s air space, and 16 of the Iranian rockets fell inside Syria.

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the Israel had destroyed “nearly all” of Iran’s military infrastructure sites in Syria.

Since 2012, Iran has invested about $11 billion in building this infrastructure.