Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Israel threatens second air attack if Iran retaliates

Israel threatens second air attack if Iran retaliates

Israeli security officials believe that, unlike in the past, Iran will take direct action against Israel - perhaps with a precision missile strike on an Israeli target - instead of relying on Hezbollah or other terror groups to carry out its will.

An Iranian police officer was shot dead in an attack on a border post in the border city of Mirjaveh in Sistan-Baluchistan Province on April 17, and two soldiers died when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device, IRNA reported, quoting a statement by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Iran, Israel's arch-foe, has cast its military personnel in Syria as reinforcements helping President Bashar al-Assad battle a seven-year-old insurgency.

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But Israeli officials said the Tiyas air base was being used by troops from Iran and that Israel would not accept such a presence in Syria of its arch foe. Israel per longstanding policy, has not publicly claimed responsibility.

Iran is expected to deploy the weapon to warzones in the region to combat what Iranian officials described as "regional threats".

"It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets - both facilities and people", said the Israeli military source.

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The unveiling of these new missiles is likely to complicate ongoing efforts by the Trump administration and European allies to solidify a range of fixes to the landmark Iran nuclear deal that would crack down on Iran's ongoing ballistic missile program and research into nuclear arms.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out swinging in response to the Iranian comments on Monday asserting that Israel was "more powerful" than ever.

The Russian Defense Ministry blamed Israel for the attack, saying that two Israel Air Force (IAF) F-15 jets fired the missile at the Syrian airbase from Lebanese airspace.

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Israeli Army spokesman, Brigadier General Ronen Manelis had confirmed the details to Friedman, he said.

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