Real Target of Israeli Attack Was Syrian Base
A western diplomat has told the Iraqi daily Azzaman that the real target of Israel's attack on Syria was a facility housing 3,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and that reports about a weapons convoy on its way to Lebanon being hit were merely a diversion.
Shortly after news of the air strike emerged yesterday, reports centered around the target being a convoy of lorries carrying weapons into Lebanon. However, Syrian authorities disputed this narrative, claiming instead that a research facility northwest of Damascus had been destroyed.
It now appears the Syrian version of events has been vindicated after a western diplomat told the Iraqi daily Azzaman that eight guided missiles were used to hit a scientific research facility in Jamraya.
The facility was being guarded by 3,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards as well as Russian experts, reports the Jerusalem Post, adding that the attack actually took place 48 hours before it was reported and that, "the report about a strike on a convoy to Lebanon was probably meant to divert attention away from the main objective of the operation."
The research facility being the real target would also correlate with reports that the facility was on fire two days before news about the air strike was released.
The fact that the research facility was hit with zero resistance from Syrian air defense is extremely noteworthy given that the site is located just 12 kilometers away from the presidential palace in Damascus.
The Azzaman report adds that information about the facility was obtained as a result of intelligence gathered by Israeli agents inside Iran.
In the aftermath of the attack, which killed two people and injured five, Israeli military officials have indicated that more air strikes may be coming, much to the chagrin of Russia who compared bitterly about the attack and even flew a Mig-31 near Israel in an aggressive move.
In response, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul Karim Ali warned that Syria may take "a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes."
Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Hassan Asafari also remarked that Syria had a legal right to respond to the attack, while Syria complained to the United Nations after Russia characterized the Israeli strike as a "gross violation of the UN charter."