What’s next? Iran delivered six short-range missiles to Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Naher Media has published a report on the transfer of six Iranian short-range missiles to Syria. Tehran delivered the missiles to Deir Ezzor, a governorship in the country’s eastern part. The delivery was made on March 30, the news agency reported.
According to Naher Media sources, the six missiles were “handed over” to the Shiite group Abu al-Fadhal al-Abbas, which according to preliminary data, together with the group Sheikh Aws al-Khafaji, are fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
“The missiles, numbered six, were brought from Iraq,” a source familiar with the matter told the Naher Media. “They were transported in three trucks to the militia’s depots in al-Rahbah Citadel in al-Mayadin town.” The same source claims that Iran will deploy launchers in this region of the country in the coming days.
The situation in Deir Ezzor remains complicated. Shiite militias and other Iranian military forces continue to maintain a significant contingent of staffing, especially in the cities of al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal. There is information that all army formations about a month ago received Russian artillery shells 2K25 Krasnopol.
The delivery of these six missiles raises another question – is Israel capable of countering such Iranian actions. Do the Israeli bombings in this part of the country affect, or are they a smokescreen in front of the public? What lies ahead – new attacks on Turkish and American bases in Syria or joint operations with Russian forces against terrorist organizations in the area?
A US base was soon attacked in the area
On March 23, a U.S. military base in the area of Deir Ez-Zor in Syria was subjected to intense rocket fire, claimed then the Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadeen. According to the T.V. sources, some American soldiers were injured.
According to Al-Mayadeen, the attackers fired “unknown missiles.” “Attackers fired missiles of unknown origin at a U.S. base at the Conico gas field in northern Deir Ez-Zor province. The shelling resulted in injuries to the U.S. military,“the channel said in a statement. Sources of BulgarianMilitary.com say that the day before March 23 there was tension and intensified military action, accompanied by rocket attacks in the area.
Following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria during Donald Trump’s presidency, the Pentagon left reduced military personnel in the Arab Republic, located around Syria’s oil and gas fields. Together with the Syrian Democratic Forces, Washington is said to control the country’s oil fields.
Official Damascus has repeatedly accused Washington of stealing the country’s natural resources, calling the U.S. presence in the country “state piracy.”
War in Syria
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use power.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January, a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind several Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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