תקיפה באזור הגבול בין סוריה לעיראק
An image of the purported attack near the Syria-Iraq border shows a burning car
An image of the purported attack near the Syria-Iraq border shows a burning car

Reports: Iranian arms convoy attacked near Syria-Iraq border

Iraqi media reports strike carried out by Israel, while UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says attack targeted convoy linked to pro-Iranian militias; unusual attack in daylight hours could be indication of sense of urgency

Ynet |
Published: 02.11.21, 23:13
Social media and Telegram channels were buzzing Thursday afternoon with reports of an apparent attack on Syria's border with Iraq that targeted a convoy of vehicles.
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  • Images of the purported attack showed a car that was ablaze.
    The social media reports initially pointed the finger at the U.S. and later at Israel. But official reports on the alleged attack were slow to follow.
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    תקיפה באזור הגבול בין סוריה לעיראק
    תקיפה באזור הגבול בין סוריה לעיראק
    An image of the purported attack near the Syria-Iraq border shows a burning car
    Outlets affiliated with Iraqi Shiite militias reported that unidentified aircraft had targeted a vehicle that carried “logistical equipment” belonging to an Iraqi militia group.
    Iraqi outlets, meanwhile, reported that Israel had carried out a “rare” airstrike against a military shipment en route to Syria from Iran, according to the Hebrew-language media.
    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the attack targeted a convoy linked to pro-Iranian militias.
    The strike unusually occurred during the hours of daylight - perhaps an indication of a sense of urgency to disrupt the convoy's mission.
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    כלי הרכב שהושמדו בתקיפה בעיראק
    כלי הרכב שהושמדו בתקיפה בעיראק
    A car destroyed during an attack on pro-Iranian militias near the Iraq-Syria border in 2019
    (Photo: Archive)
    Ynet war correspondent Ron Ben-Yishai said that the attack was apparently carried out in order to stop a shipment of advanced weapons that passed from Iran to Syria through the Iraqi border town of Al-Qa'im.
    Intelligence sources told Channel 12 television on Thursday that the aim of the latest strike was to destroy the weapons systems and send a message to Tehran that they are vulnerable to attack even in eastern Syria.
    A large blast was reportedly heard following the strike, but other than damage to equipment, there were no reports of casualties.
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    סוריה פתיחה מעבר גבול קרקעי ב אלבוכמאל
    סוריה פתיחה מעבר גבול קרקעי ב אלבוכמאל
    The crossing at the Iraq-Syria border
    (Photo: AP)
    Iraqi militias backed by Iran have been using the corridor between Iraq and Syria to deliver weapons.
    The apparent strike came one month after a similar attack also attributed to Israel, which hit a convoy carrying what was described as "tie-breaking" weapons systems that was guarded by an Iranian force that included three senior commanders of the Iranian Quds Force.
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