Iran may regard President Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as a green light to expand its terror network, explains a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
But Yaakov Lappin, an expert for defense think tanks and the Israel correspondent for Jane’s Defense Weekly, says the Islamic regime faces a red light from another arch enemy, Israel.
“That red light came Dec. 25 in the form of an alleged Israeli air strike on an Iranian weapons depot in Syria. The strike looks like the latest signal of Israel’s determination to block Iran’s path into Syria, with or without an American ground presence,” Lappin wrote for the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
“According to media reports, including a report by the Israeli satellite image company ISI, the strike destroyed a warehouse that contained Iranian Fajr-5 rockets. The warehouse was just 40 kilometers – about 25 miles – away from Israel.”
The weapons, according to Israel, are made in Iranian factories and have a range of about 50 miles, which would give Iran easy access to Israeli territory.
“In past years, Iran smuggled these types of rockets to terrorist organizations that are ideologically committed to attacking Israel, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Now, Iran is trying to flood Syria with them,” the report explained.
Lappin said similar missiles were used in 2012 to damage an apartment building in Tel Aviv.
“Residents survived due to an air raid siren, which sent them scurrying into a safe room before the rocket struck,” the report said.
Then there were reports last year of a new version.