The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has tested combat drones in the central Syrian governorate of Homs, the Eye of the Euphrates news outlet reported on March 18.
According to the pro-opposition outlet, two Iranian drones took off from T4 Air Base in the eastern Homs countryside. Senior officers of the IRGC and the Syrian Arab Army attended the live-fire test.
The drone carried out a series of strikes on unidentified targets in the Homs desert, which lays between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor. ISIS cells are known to be active there.
“T4 Air Base currently hosts six Iranian-made drones of the IRGC, which were brought in from Iraq in large trucks,” a source familiar with the air base told the Eye of the Euphrates.
Iranian drones have been conducting reconnaissance and combat operations in Syria since the very early years of the conflict.
Earlier this year, Iran stepped up its weapon shipments to its forces in Syria. Recent reports revealed that Iran had armed its forces in the eastern governorate of Deir Ezzor with Russian-made 2K25 Krasnopol guided artillery rounds.
Iranian-backed forces in Syria are likely preparing to intensify their efforts against ISIS cells in the central and eastern regions. The terrorist group has been attempting to expand its influence there for a while now.
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