Israeli military shows damage to Iranian bases in Syria — Times Israel

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Day after sorties, army releases photos of several alleged facilities bombed in raids, including Quds Force military site and logistics center

By JUDAH ARI GROSS and TOI STAFF

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A photo released by the Israeli military on May 11, 2018 showing alleged Iranian intelligence sites in Syria. (IDF Spokesperson)

A photo released by the Israeli military on May 11, 2018 showing alleged Iranian intelligence sites in Syria. (IDF Spokesperson)

The Israeli military published pictures Friday that it said showed Iranian intelligence installations in Syria that it attacked during a massive bombardment a day earlier. The attack was in response to a volley of rockets shot toward northern Israel.

Included in the aerial photos showing the sites before they were attacked are pictures of installations at Tel Gharba, Tel Kleb, Nabi Yusha and Tel Maqdad, according to the Israel Defense Forces spokesperson’s unit.

The pictures could not be immediately verified.

On Thursday morning, F-15 and F-16 fighter jets bombed over 50 Iranian targets throughout Syria as the Israel air force carried out an extensive campaign, dubbed “Operation House of Cards,” to try and destroy Iran’s military presence in the country, the army said Thursday.

The mission — the largest air campaign carried out by Israel in Syria in over 40 years — was “very successful,” a senior air force officer said Thursday, but warned that Israel believes that Iranian forces in Syria are still in possession of surface-to-surface missiles that could again be fired at Israel.

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The sortie came after Iran fired 20 missiles toward Israel just after midnight on Thursday morning. Four of the missiles were knocked down by the Iron Dome air defense system and the rest failed to reach Israeli territory, according to the IDF.

The army also published pictures Friday of what it said was an Iranian Quds Force compound in al-Kisweh, south of Damascus, and an “Iranian Logistics Compound” 10 kilometers northwest of the capital.

The army did not specify exactly where the logistics center is, but identified warehouses, offices, a gas station and a headquarters in its picture.