A deadly attack on an Iranian military base in Syria took place Tuesday killing at least nine people, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Britain. The target of the attack was a military compound located 10 miles south of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
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Rahman said the nine pro-government included "members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and other pro-Iranian Shiite militiamen." fighters Syrian news sources claim the attack was initiated by an Israeli airstrike and Syrian air defense systems shot down two missiles during the attack. SANA news agency reported the attack happened in Kisweh about an hour after President Trump announced he would be pulling the U.S. out of the nuclear deal with Iran set in place by his predecessor.
SANA also quoted a medical source who confirmed two civilians were killed as a result of an explosion linked to "Israeli aggression." There have been rising tensions between Iran and Israel who seem to be engaged in a proxy war in Syria. Attacks on Iranian outposts in Syria have been increasing which has prompted Iran to vow to strike back against the Israeli-led attacks
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The IDF has detected irregular Iranian activity in Syria and is preparing the civilian population on the Golan Heights accordingly, as well as defensive systems. Any aggression against Israel will be met with a severe response.</p>— Jonathan Conricus (@LTCJonathan) <a href="https://twitter.com/LTCJonathan/status/993916646011088896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
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A recent attack on Syria's T4 air base in the Homs province in April killed seven Iranian military servicemembers. Israel was accused of attacking government outposts in Northern Syria on April 30. Tuesday night Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he "fully supports" the United States' withdrawal from the multinational nuclear deal with Iran. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said last month any attempt by Iran to establish a "military foothold" in Syria would be struck down.
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