According to a senior US government official, Iran has delivered advanced weapon systems to Syria, a CNN report states. The main concern brought up by the Israeli and American intelligence communities is that these weapon systems might be used by the Assad regime or the Iranian forces in Syria against Israel.
Iranian military equipment on display Photo Credit: EPA
US intelligence, in cooperation with Israel, is following several recent Iranian shipments to Syria, as reported this morning by CNN. Israel and the US are concerned that Iranian aircraft could have delivered advanced weapons system into Syria for the use of Iranian or Syrian forces.
According to the report, which cites a senior US government official, the flights arrived after the American attack in Syria on April 13. The official explained that the concerns revolve around the systems’ potential target—Israel.
The intelligence communities are looking into two suspicious flights, which landed in Syria during the past week. Both Jerusalem and Washington are concerned that these flights could have contained anti-aircraft missiles. This possibility is especially alarming for Israel because just two months ago, Syrian defense systems, likely using a stockpile of anti-aircraft missiles, downed an Israeli F-16 after it attacked Syrian targets.
Since the downing of the Israeli F-16, Iran and Israel have been exchanging threats. These threats escalated this month when Israel allegedly attacked a Syrian airbase widely used by Iranian forces. On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Israel of violating international law while speaking with CBS, “I do not believe that we are headed towards a regional war. But I do believe that, unfortunately, Israel has continued its violations with international law, hoping to be able to do it with impunity because of the U.S. support and trying to find smokescreens to hide behind.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on Zarif’s accusations. “I heard the remarks of the Iranian foreign minister, who accused Israel of violating international law,” Netanyahu said at an Independence Day event in Tel Aviv with the IDF Chief of Staff and generals. “He is the foreign minister of a country that deploys armed drones to Israel and missiles to Saudi Arabia.”
“I also heard his moderate remarks, and there is a huge gap between his words and the actions of the Revolutionary Guards, who are advancing an army against Israel with the intention of destroying Israel,” said Netanyahu. “I rely on this forum, on the IDF, to be ready for all possibilities and all scenarios.