The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Thursday launched a retaliatory missile strike on dozens of Iranian targets in Syria following an attempted attack on Israeli front-line positions in the Golan Heights on Wednesday.
Targets included intelligence sites, logistical command centers, military bases, weapons depots, air defense systems, and even the specific rocket launcher involved in the attack on Israel. The above image shows all the targets the IDF says it hit.
By Thursday morning, “nearly all” of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria had been destroyed, said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. “If there is rain on our side, there will be a flood on their side...I hope we have finished with this round and that everybody understood.”
Israel's strike was the nation's largest air operation in Syria since 1973 and its most direct attack on Iranian assets.
Iran's attack, which came after an apparent Israeli missile strike against a Syrian village in the Golan, was the first time Iranian forces have attacked Israel from Syria. The attack was easily deflected by Israel's anti-missile systems and resulted in zero casualties.
Israeli troops stationed in the Golan had been put on “high alert” this week following President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the JCPOA. The deal, which many viewed as the only thing preventing all-out war between Iran and Israel, has the potential to rekindle Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's desire to conduct missile strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Israel has an “obligation and right to defend itself against Iranian aggression from Syrian territory," said Netanyahu Wednesday while meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Iran is “trying to transfer forces and deadly weapons there with the explicit goal of attacking the State of Israel.”
Russia, which Israel says was informed of the strike before it occurred, called for “restraint from all parties.”
The Trump Administration, on the other hand, condemned the attack on Israel and defended its right to act in self-defense. “The Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East,” said WH Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.