Syrian air defense were said to be active against the airstrikes that targeted the base, which is used by Iran.
The T4 airbase before and after an alleged Israeli airstrike
(photo credit: IMAGESAT INTERNATIONAL (ISI))
Arabic media reported on Wednesday night that Syrian air defense confronted an attack on the strategic T-4 airbase in the Homs province of Syria. The base is located in the desert, near the ancient city of Palmyra, and is an important station for the planes and weapons systems of the Syrian regime and Iran. Iran has allegedly moved drones and air defense systems here in the past.
Syrian state media and Arabic media have accused Israel of numerous strikes
on the location; Syrian social media say this is the second airstrike in two days
on the country. The other one, on September 1, was near Damascus. Russia’s Sputnik
news said that sources described air defenses being activated over T-4, trying to stop airstrikes. Social media accounts claimed the strikes came from the south and asserted the fight path came over an area used by the US called Tanaf base.
Monday’s airstrikes allegedly killed five members of pro-Iranian militias, including three non-Syrians. Rumors even indicated a high level Iranian officer was killed. Social media said it may have been IRGC Quds Force head Ismael Ghaani, who replaced Qasem Soleimani in January. Ghaani has been to Syria at least once. Iranian sources indicate he was not harmed and that anti-Syrian regime activists spread these rumors.
On Wednesday night, regime sources told the press that only material losses took place at T-4. It was unclear how they knew this
within a few minutes of the airstrikes and with no time at night to survey the damage. The T-4 base, also called Tiyas, is part of the key Iranian network in Syria that links Iran’s Albukamal Imam Ali base on the Iraqi border with sites at T-2 and T-3 on the road to Homs and Damascus. T-4 is the major strategic base in this part of the country; Iran has used it often.
In July, a Hezbollah member was killed in airstrikes in Syria. In January of 2019, former Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot was quoted in The New York Times as saying Israel had struck more than 1,000 Iranian targets.
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