By Middle East Affairs
Israel released details Tuesday claiming Iran has air force deployed in Syria, which Reuters said included “civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions with Tehran escalate.”
After an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members, Iran has blamed Israel and promised a response. Russia also blamed Israel for the attack and said it was carried out by Israeli F-15 fighter jets.
Israeli media ran satellite images and a map of five Syrian air bases allegedly used to field Iranian drones or cargo aircraft, as well as the names of three senior IRGC officers suspected of commanding related projects, such as missile units.
Now, many television and radio stations are running satellite images and a map of Syrian air bases that are allegedly being used to hold Iranian drones or cargo aircraft. The media companies running the images say they were released by Israeli military, but Reuters said Israel’s military spokesman declined to comment.
However, an Israeli security official elaborated to Reuters that these images provided details about “the IRGC air force (which) the Israeli defense establishment sees as the entity that will try to attack Israel, based on Iranian threats to respond to the strike on T-4” air base April 9.
Roni Daniel at Israeli TV station Mako speculated that this information leak was a signal to Iran that its forces in Syria “are totally exposed to us, and if you take action against us to avenge (the T-4 strike), these targets will be very severely harmed.”