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Iranian base in Syria hit; location used for ‘special forces’ training, possibly drone ops support
It’s too early to “call” anything here, but it does look at the moment as if Israel is preempting Iran in Syria, after recent reporting that threatening Iranian movements were detected there, and Israeli forces were placed on high alert.
A report a couple of hours ago indicates that the Iranian base at Al-Kiswah, south of Damascus, was hit by an air strike on Tuesday night, 8 May 2018. Syrian news is saying the strike came from Israeli aircraft.
Al-Kiswah is the base we looked at in April, as a possible staging area for Iranian drone operations. Israel has struck it before, in December 2017.
The whole area around the base has been prepared for military activities — training, operational support, perimeter defense — and the compound is probably being used for multiple purposes. The proximate reason for studying the Al-Kiswah facility in 20 April was the report on 19 April of three Iranian drones being interdicted by the Russians, south of Al-Kiswah and possibly headed for Israel.