Escalation of Attacks in Syria


2021-10-24 /

On October 08, 2021, an airstrike was carried out on the T4 military airbase. The airport is located adjacent to the road connecting the city of Palmyra in the east to the city of Homs in the west, about 60 km west of the city of Palmyra. The T4 airport is known as a location of military activity of the radical Shiite axis headed by Iran. The site is the epicenter of UAV systems activity utilized by the Shiite axis (operation and storage).

On October 13, an attack of a greater extent was carried out on several targets south of the city of Palmyra. The targets attacked were related to the activities of the radical Shiite axis in the area (A regional headquarters located in a compound called “The Qatari Royal Villa”, a weapons depot, and Regional communication infrastructure).
these airstrikes led to the redeployment of special weapons used by the radical Shiite axis headed by Iran in the region.

Homs Region: Redeployment of Iranian UAV’s from T4 to Shayrat:

On October 18, Iranian UAVs were transferred from the T4 military base to Shayrat airport located on the outskirts of the city of Homs. The distance between the bases is about 100 kilometers. The transfer was carried out by a convoy of four military trucks and a military security escort, including Syrian military personnel.
Redeploying weapons between different locations is a familiar tactic making it difficult for the enemy to put together an up-to-date intelligence picture.
UAV’s that were transferred from the T4 airport to Shayrat airport are the “Shahed” type (intelligence gathering and attack).

On October 20, a military outpost in southern Syria used by US troops and its allies was hit by a coordinated attack on Wednesday, a week after pro-Iranian militias vowed revenge for an alleged Israeli-American strike near Palmyra.

A US official said no American troops stationed at the al-Tanf base near Syria’s borders with Iraq and Jordan were injured or killed.
The US official said the attack appeared to include at least one drone strike and possibly groundfire. It was not yet clear who carried out the attack.
The official said there was no information on whether local forces were injured or killed in the attack.
On October 14, pro-Iranian militias in Syria vowed a “very harsh” response to an alleged Israeli American strike against their facilities near the city of Palmyra in central Syria the night before, which they said killed and injured several of their members.
In a statement, the groups — referring to themselves collectively as the “Syria Allies Operations Room” — said the attack was conducted through Jordan and the area of al-Tanf.
The base is located on a road serving as a vital link for Iranian-backed forces from Tehran to all the way to southern Lebanon and Israel. Israeli officials see the presence of US troops there as a key element in frustrating Iranian attempts to smuggle weapons into Lebanon and Syria.
Neither Israel nor the US has acknowledged conducting the attack near Palmyra. Israel, as a rule, does not comment on specific strikes it carries out in Syria, but does generally acknowledge that it conducts operations against Iran-linked groups in the country in order to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons and to prevent attacks against Israel from Syria.
Al Tanf was set up in 2016 as part of the fight against the IS group. US and coalition troops are based there to train local Syrian opposition forces on patrols to counter Islamic State militants.
Damascus and its allies have repeatedly said US troops had no reason to be there.

Iran Unveils Combat Capable Drones with Israel in Range

The Iranian armed forces have acquired three bomb-carrying drones with a range of 1,500 kilometers (932 miles), Defense Minister Amir Hatami said.
The drones could monitor "enemy movements from a considerable distance" and were capable of combat missions. The aircraft were equipped with bombs and missiles, and they can fly at an altitude of up to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), he said, without indicating the name of the new drones.
The drones were manufactured by Iran's military industry with the participation of local universities, he said.
In October 2019, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Iran has begun deploying missiles in Yemen in order to strike Israel.
Netanyahu warned at the time, "Iran is already aspiring to obtain precision weapons to hit every target in the Middle East… they manufacture them in Iran and want to deploy them in Iraq and in Syria and turn the 130,000-rocket arsenal in Lebanon into precision munitions. They aspire to do that, and they have already begun deploying them in Yemen in order to strike Israel from there as well."
Drones are a key element in Iran's border surveillance, especially the Gulf waters around the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-fifth of the world's oil supply flows.
Tensions between Iran and the United States have reached the highest levels in decades since the United States killed top Iranian General Qassim Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3, prompting Iran to fire missiles days later at bases in Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed.