2018-04-25 / Mideast

Syrian base reportedly housed Iranian air defenses

The Syrian air base attacked in an airstrike, reportedly by Israel, was home to an advanced Iranian air-defense system.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after conferring with President Donald Trump, ordered the strike on the anti-aircraft battery to prevent Iranian forces from using it against Israeli warplanes carrying out operations in Syria.

The air-defense system had been installed recently at the T-4 air base, which has been reported to be the site for deployment of Iranian drones, such as the one Israel shot down in February. Israeli military officials announced that the drone was loaded with explosives and on an attack mission. (JTA)

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