Media reports have confirmed that Israel has recently used their F-35i stealth fighter jets to conduct attacks on Iranian military facilities, based in Iraq. Israeli planes hit two Iraqi bases used by Iranian forces and proxies storing Iranian ballistic missiles.
The first attack, it is known happened at a base in Amreli in the Saladin province of Iraq. The Iranian-made ballistic missiles were transported to the base shortly before the attack via trucks used to transport refrigerated food. The identity of the aircraft which conducted the attack was unspecified at the time.
However, Iran has blamed the Israeli forces to have carried these attacks. While confirmed reports say that the Iranian RevolutionaryGuard and Hezbollah members were killed in the airstrike, the Iranian-backed Al-Hashdash-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Forces – PMF)denied the same for some reason.
A source from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has confirmed that in fact, an Israeli drone was launched from a US base in Syria to initiate the attack at the base, which stored short- and medium-range missiles. However, the United States has declined any knowledge or involvement of such an attack.
It is further revealed that the kind of missiles launched was the same as the ones used by the Israeli Air Force to attack Syria. This was confirmed by the IRGC A second attack by Israel was on a base in Ashraf, Iraq northeast of Baghdad, targeting Iranian advisers who were present at the base and a shipment of ballistic missiles that had arrived shortly before from Iran.
Last week, an explosion killed Hezbollah operative Mashour Zidan in southern Syria and a few days later a rocket struck the strategical Haraa site not far from where Zidan was killed. Iran has now reasons to move its assets from areas repeatedly struck by Israel to locations closer to the border with Iraq, specifically the T4 Airbase located between Homs and Palmyra. In September, Reuters reported that Iran had transferred ballistic missiles to Shi’ite proxies in Iraq over the course of several months and that it is developing the capacity to build more there. The missiles that were said to have been transferred include the Fateh-110, Zolfaqar and Zelzal types, which have ranges of 200-700 km.,allowing them to be able to threaten both Saudi Arabia and Israel.