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Israel believes Iranian forces planning attack from Syria

Israel believes Iranian forces planning attack from Syria
Israel believes that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has established bases in Syria and is planning to launch a retaliatory attack against Israel in response to its alleged air strike on an Iranian operated airbase last week, I24 quoted an Israeli security source as saying.

Acknowledging an Iranian plan to attack Israel, the security source said that it would respond forcefully to any attempted operation launched by the IRGC from Syrian territory. The source said that retaliation would likely take the form of direct confrontation between Israel and Iran, rather than via regional proxies such as the Lebanese Hezbollah group.

The Iranian forces in Syria, under the direct command of IRGC's Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, are said to be planning an attack which could see missiles launched from Iranian-operated air bases in Syria or the launch of armed unmanned aerial vehicles into Israeli territory.

The source said that Iran has been using civilian and cargo airlines Simorgh and Pouya Air as a front for military transport flights to bring IRGC terrorists and weaponry into Syria to be used in the fight against both ISIS and opposition forces there, while also bolstering its own military presence in the country.

Last Monday, a pre-dawn air raid targeted the Tayfur airbase in Syria’’s central Homs province killing 14 people including seven reported to be Iranian personnel. Israel has not publicly claimed responsibility.

In the days following, senior Iranian officials and members of Hezbollah have issued harshly-worded threats at Israel warning of a foreboding attack.

“The Zionist entity will sooner or later receive the necessary response and will regret its misdeeds” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said according to Iranian news media, adding that “the Syrian and resistance forces will respond in a timely fashion and appropriately in the region.”

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran’s Leader Khamenei warned that the “crime” committed “will not remain without response.”

Ali Shirazi, Khamenei’s representative to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps said that. "if Israel wants to continue its treacherous existence ... it should avoid stupid measures. If they give excuses to Iran, Tel Aviv and Haifa will be destroyed.”

“By bombing the T-4 airport, Israel wanted to create an equation that shows that it controls the rules of the conflict and that is unacceptable to us,” Hezbollah’s deputy secretary-general Naim Qassem said on Monday in an interview. “We expect an Iranian response against Israel but we do not know its nature or details,” he continued.