Israel launches air strikes on suspected Iranian-linked targets in Syria
Amman — Israel launched an air attack against suspected Iranian-linked targets in Syria near the main border crossing to Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday, one of the biggest strikes yet in a campaign that has escalated in the Trump administrations final weeks.
Israel has been stepping up strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, part of aggressive posture adopted before president-elect Joe Biden takes office next week in what could bring a reassessment of Trumps “maximum pressure” policy on Iran.
Syrian news agency Sana and Syrian state media said Israel had struck sites in Al Bukamal, the Syrian city that controls the border checkpoint on the main Baghdad-Damascus highway. The road is part of the main overground supply route linking Iran to its proxy fighters in Syria and Lebanon.
The Syrian reports also said Israeli strikes had hit areas in Deir al Zor province, where Iranian-backed militias and Irans Revolutionary Guards fighters have a heavy presence.
Two residents in the regional capital Deir al Zor said they could hear the distant sound of huge explosions, apparently from arms depots destroyed in the raids.