As Stand for Israel told you yesterday, the IDF has warned its enemies — especially Iran — that it can and will reach their weapons anywhere. And now, The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim reports that the Israeli military has done just that over the past 18 months, carrying out more than 200 airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria, while also hitting them with more than 800 missiles and mortars:
The strikes were meant to prevent Iranian entrenchment in Syria, and led to the Islamic Republic evacuating several bases in Syria, according to the IDF. The campaign also interrupted Iran’s arms smuggling.
Notwithstanding the accuracy of the strikes, Iran is continuing its military buildup in the region, including transferring ballistic missiles across its border into Iraq...
Israel has repeatedly warned against Syria serving as an Iranian forward operating base or becoming a waystation for arms smuggling to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
According to the IDF, while Hezbollah has gained battlefield experience while fighting on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s seven-year-long civil war, it has lost more than 2,000 fighters and is in a state of economic distress.
Hezbollah is nevertheless working to produce precision missiles but has been unable to do so because of IAF strikes against weapons convoys and facilities in Syria.
The IDF also said it has contributed to the defeat of the Islamic State as a territorial entity in the Middle East, but warned that the group’s ideology will remain a threat for generations...