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Israel Threatens Iran with ‘Own Vietnam in Syria’

Israel Threatens Iran with ‘Own Vietnam in Syria’

Sunday, 15 December, 2019 - 10:00
Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria May 10, 2018. (Reuters)

Israel has ramped up attacks on Iranian sites in eastern Syria while Tel Aviv vowed turning Syria into a Vietnam for Iran and to drain Tehran's forces there.


Israel's defense minister warned Iran against its continued presence in Syria, saying Israel will "work tirelessly" to prevent the establishment of a stable Iranian military presence in the war-torn country.


"It is no secret that Iran is trying to establish a ring of fire around our country, it is already based in Lebanon and is trying to establish in Syria, Gaza and more," Naftali Bennett said last week.


"We need to move from containment to attack."


"We say to Iran: Syria will become your Vietnam," Bennett added.


Israeli intelligence site Debka stated that Bennett's threats coincided with four attacks that targeted a military complex built by Iranian proxies within a week.


More so, five Iran proxy fighters were killed in overnight raids in eastern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, last Sunday.


The strikes late Saturday targeted "positions of Iranian forces and allied militias" on the edge of the town of Albukamal, the UK-based monitor said, as quoted by AFP.


“Five non-Syrian fighters were killed,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, without being able to provide their nationalities.


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