Israel launches airstrikes against targets in Syria, killing dozens of Iranian-backed fighters

by Joel Abbott · Jan 13th, 2021 2:44 pm

Last Updated Jan 14th, 2021 at 10:16 am

Israeli warplanes carried out a series of at least 18 airstrikes on Iran-backed military targets in Syria early Wednesday, destroying arms depots and killing dozens of enemy fighters.

The strikes were reportedly focused on several towns along the border with Iraq. According to the U.K. organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 16 Iran-supported fighters and seven Syrians were killed, while 28 others were wounded.

Pictures showing the aftermath of the strikes began appearing on social media Wednesday morning.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said the strikes were coordinated with help from the U.S. government and aimed to destroy warehouses used to store and stage weapons. The warehouses were also reportedly used for transferring equipment and materials for Iran's nuclear program.

According to the official, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Yossi Cohen, chief of the Israeli intelligence agency, at Café Milano in Washington, D.C., on Monday to discuss the strike.


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