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SEPTEMBER 2020

Israeli Defense Officials Say Iran Is Withdrawing From Syria

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Israeli Defense Officials Say Iran Is Withdrawing From Syria

IMAGE: An Israeli F-35I takes off from Uvda airbase during Blue Flag 2019

Iranian forces are withdrawing from Syria and closing military bases there, the Times of Israel reported on May 5, citing Israeli defense officials.

According to the officials, the recent wave of Israeli attacks on Syria are “bearing fruity” as Iranian forces have begun to evacuate a number of military bases in the country. The sources claimed that the number of Shiite fighters in Syria also dropped recently.

In the recent few months, Israel increased its attacks on Syria. The most recent attack targeted the al-Safirah research center in southern Aleppo.

The officials told the Times of Israel that Iran will not accept it recent “setbacks” in Syria without responding in a way or another.

The officials went one to say that Syria is now paying a “larger price” for hosting Iranian forces, revealing that a number of Syrian air-defense system were targeted in the recent Israeli strikes.

“Syria is paying a growing price for the Iranian presence in its territory, for a war that isn’t [Syria’s]. Iran has turned from an asset to Syria into a burden,” the defense officials said, adding that Israel will keep its pressure on Iran until its military “leaves Syria for good.”

Earlier this month, Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel has “moved from blocking Iran’s entrenchment in Syria to forcing it out of there.”

The recent strikes on Syria reflects Israel’s determination to push Iran out of the country. Iran on the other hand, will not likely leave Syria anytime soon as its forces are present there upon the request of the Damascus government.

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