DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:50 P.M.) – Senior U.S. officials said that Israel seems to be preparing for war against Iran as airstrikes against Iranian troops in Syria intensified.
“On the list of the potentials for most likely live hostility around the world, the battle between Israel and Iran in Syria is at the top of the list right now,” said one senior U.S. official.
The same officials confirmed that Israeli F-15s jets struck an Iranian base in the Syrian province of Hama, killing and injuring scores of Iranian troops, including officers.
The airstrikes targeted Iranian surface-to-air missiles recently delivered to a base that houses Iran’s 47th Brigade.
The presence of Iranian troops in Syria has been a serious worry for Israel since Iran sent forces to help Syria’s Assad in his fight against the Islamist rebel groups across the country.
Since 2012, the Israeli military has admitted carrying out more than 100 strikes against Iranian troops, bases or weapon convoys intended for the Lebanese resistant Hezbollah group.