Israeli missiles hit targets near a Russian military airbase [video]
DAMASCUS, ($1=2,512.55 Syrian Pounds) – Early Tuesday morning, December 28, Israel launched an airstrike on targets near the port of Syria’s Latakia, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Russian, Syrian, and Israeli sources.
According to the information provided at the moment, the Israelis have hit Iranian targets in the port of the Mediterranean city, which is only 15-20 km from the largest Russian airbase in Syria – Khmeimim. The airstrikes caused major explosions and fires.
Russian military experts have commented on the situation, questioning the effectiveness of Russia’s air defense systems in the region, which have not responded to airstrikes. Analysts at BulgarianMilitary.com suggest that there was a notification from Tel Aviv to Moscow that such strikes would be carried out. This claim is supported by the fact that in recent months Israel has avoided strikes near the Russian airbase in order not to activate Russian air defense systems. Today’s silence on the S-300 from the Khmeimim base is clear evidence of prior notification from Israel.
The Syrian military says fighter jets have been used to strike at the port of Latakia, but this is unlikely as airspace over Syria is closed, except for Russian planes.
Today’s Israeli attacks have targeted Iranian targets, who are believed to be using the port of Latakia to transport weapons to be used in the next phase of attacks on Israel. There is no information about victims, but there is serious material damage.
Israeli-Iranian proxy war / cold war
Communication between Israel and Iran is mostly threatening and hostile. Such has been the relationship between the two countries for a very long time. This situation is known as the proxy conflict, the proxy war, or the Cold War between the two countries.
The conflict “appeared” on the world map after the Iranian revolution in 1979. In all the years to this day, Iran aims to destroy Israel as a state. Tehran supports groups and organizations that are hostile to the Jewish state and people. On the other hand, Israel is worried about Iran’sIran’s nuclear program. The proximity of the two countries worries Tel Aviv that Iranians could use them against Israel if Iran has nuclear weapons. Israel also finds its allies in the face of the United States and Saudi Arabia, which are apparent opponents of Iran.
Thus, this conflict gradually turned into an Israeli-Iranian war. The competition has been going on since the start of the Syrian civil war. According to Iran, Israel rules by an illegitimate “Zionist regime,” a Tehran problem. Iran’sIran’s other point of reference is that the United States is hostile to Muslims because it supports Israel.
The civil war in Syria
The Syrian civil war has been going on for almost a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.
The Syrian democratic forces are armed by allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is armed mainly by Russia. Russia is the only country officially invited to Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.
During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw much of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard Syria’s oil fields on the pretext of “falling into the hands of Islamic State.”
With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring it necessary to deal with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30km zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish territory, as it is.
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