“Israel has drawn up a list of targets within Iraqi territory, in preparation for a strike, claiming that they are Iranian military sites used to transport weapons and equipment to Syria”, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported citing anonymous sources aware of the situation.
According to al-Jarida, the targets that Israel intends to hit include even some Iraq-Iran border crossings.
Over the past few months, Israel has been deeply concerned over the setbacks of its strategy aimed at deterring the government of Syria and its Iranian allies. Despite Tel Aviv’s opposition and some strikes by the Israeli military, the Syrian-Russian-Iranian alliance has retaken most of southern Syria from militants and has entered a final phase of its operation there. This military operation de-facto destroyed the militant-held buffer zone, which Israel has been supporting east of the Golan Heights since the start of the war.
While, according to an official version of the Russians, there are no Iranian and Iranian-backed forces east of the Golan Heights, it’s clear that the elimination of militnats opens additional opportunities for Teheran and its allies like Hezbollah to buid up its infrastructure and forces in this part of Syria.
This situation is a major setback for Israel. In this light, new “leaks” about possible Israeli actions to detter Iran are just a common part of the ongoing propaganda campaign designed to show the strengh and resolution of Israel to defend what it describes as own national security interests. The only issue is that strategically this does not improve the situation in which Israel has recently found itself.
According to some experts, Tel Aviv’s willigness to continue active actions against Iranian forces and their allies on the Syrian-Iraqi battleground will easily lead to a further regional escalation and may even trigger the start of an open war.