Israel bombed Iranian missile depots in Iraq at least 3 times with US, Russia approval
Israel bombed Iranian bases in Syria and Iraq at least three times in the past few weeks with permission from the US and Russia, Western diplomatic sources told the London-based al-Awsat newspaper.
According to the report, the strikes targeted missile warehouses of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards terror group.
Moscow and Washington agreed that Israel could conduct the attacks on Iranian targets in order to “ensure Israel’s security’, the source told al-Awsat.
As part of the reported agreement, Israel would not publicly acknowledge carrying ot the strikes.
Yesterday, Iraqi security officials reported an explosion in a missile depot belonging to an Iranian-backed terror group north of Baghdad. According to Arab reports, several Hezbollah terrorists were eliminated in the strike.
The site is close to the Balad Air Base, which hosts US forces and contractors and is located about 80 km north of the Iraqi capital, in the Salahuddin province.
The explosion is the latest in a series of ‘mysterious blasts’ that have rocked Iranian bases and weapons depots around the country recently.
An Iranian-backed terrorist said his group’s weapons depot was specifically targeted by an aerial bombardment.
The source said that the US allowed Israel to put four drones in its bases, after transferring them via Azerbaijan.
Witnesses said the explosions caused stored rockets to fly into nearby farmland and into Balad base itself, and residents in the area fled their homes fearing rockets might land on them.
At least 50 missiles had exploded at the warehouses that were targeted in the strikes.
The explosions have occurred in bases and warehouses belonging to terror groups under the umbrella of the Iran-backed terrorists known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi last week banned unauthorized flights throughout the country.
According to Arab reports, Israel has expanded the scope of its Iranian targets in Iraq and Syria, amid reports of airstrikes earlier this month against ballistic missile shipments that have recently arrived in Iraq.
Iraq’s air defenses have very high capability, but one thing they couldn’t detect is an advanced Israeli air attack,” said Baghdad-based security analyst Hisham al-Hashimi, who advises the government.
The first attack occurred on July 19, at al-Shuhadaa base near Amerli in the Saladin province north of Baghdad. An armed drone reportedly targeted a ballistic missile shipment from Iran said to have been concealed in trucks used to transport refrigerated food. The strikes reportedly killed one Iraqi and injured two Iranians.
A second attack reportedly occurred on July 28, against Camp Ashraf located around 80 km from the Iranian border and 40 km north-east of Baghdad.
In the past, Israel has warned that it can reach Iraq to prevent Iran from stockpiling ballistic missiles in the country.
PM Netanyahu addressed the attacks on Tuesday evening: “There are major security challenges which are explained in the report I received a few minutes ago,” he said, adding that he receives intelligence reports on a daily basis.