East Syria Air Raids Kill 12 Pro-Iran Fighters


At least 12 pro-Iranian fighters died in strikes by unidentified aircraft on eastern Syria late Saturday evening, a war monitor said. 

"Eight air strikes before midnight on Saturday night targeted a base of pro-Iranian forces in rural eastern Deir Ezzor (province), killing 12 Iraqi and Afghan fighters and destroying equipment and ammunition," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory did not identify the aircraft responsible, but its head Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP that Israel was likely responsible.

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes targeting regime and Iranian-backed forces, notably in Deir Ezzor.

The Israeli military rarely claims responsibility for such attacks but has vowed to prevent Iran gaining a foothold in the war-torn country or delivering advanced weaponry to Lebanese armed group Hezbollah.

Iranian and Iraqi armed groups backing the regime of Bashar Al-Assad have deployed across swathes of Deir Ezzor, a large desert province bordering on Iraq. 

The Observatory said the latest strikes came after Afghan forces brought in reinforcements from near the Iraqi border to a large Iranian base near the town of Al-Mayadin on the Euphrates river.

Two waves of similar strikes in May killed 12 pro-Iranian fighters, according to the Observatory.

Syria's complex, almost decade-long war has killed over 380,000 people, devastated the country's infrastructure and forced millions of people to flee their homes.

Comments 3
Missing un520 07 June 2020, 12:53

As a sign of cowardness of the highest order, the Iranians are recruiting poor afghan shia men to fight for them in Syria. Knowing that Israel are killing them for fun any time they like, the Iranians, unable to come up with any kind of military response, choose to fill up their vacant positions with afghan peasants turned soldiers.

Thumb ex-fpm 07 June 2020, 17:53

This has been ongoing since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.

Missing bigjohn 07 June 2020, 19:33

Why is it that "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" which is known to be funded by Qatar is the only source for casualties? Also, how do they know every time an attack on a pro-government facility if there were causalities and how many causalities? There are no civilians to report data in these secured areas. They have been a propaganda voice for the Israeli enemy, which means they are at least partly funded by the Zionist terrorist state.