Israel Determined to Strike Iranian Weapons in Syria

Israeli soldiers participate in military exercises in the Golan. (AFP)
Israeli soldiers participate in military exercises in the Golan. (AFP)
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Israel Determined to Strike Iranian Weapons in Syria

Israeli soldiers participate in military exercises in the Golan. (AFP)
Israeli soldiers participate in military exercises in the Golan. (AFP)

Although the Israeli authorities have neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the bombing in Syria, military sources in Tel Aviv said that the Iranian convoy that was bombed two days ago near the Iraqi-Syrian border “was carrying weapons and ammunition, not just oil, as Tehran claims.”

The sources said that Tehran, “which received severe blows in the destruction of arms convoys in several Syrian airports, especially Damascus International Airport, has returned to transport [weapons] by land.”

They added that the Iranians “tried to hide these weapons through a civilian convoy, in the hope that Israeli intelligence would not discover them.”

According to the sources, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has probably “asked Tehran to stop the transfer of weapons, because the Israeli strikes destroyed most of the Syrian military industries.”

But Iran “insists on sending missile warheads to its factories in Syria and Lebanon, in order to ensure the continuation of the missile industry and improve its accuracy,” they remarked.

“Tel Aviv insists on sending clear messages to all players on Syrian soil that it will not allow the transfer of weapons in any form. It is trying to carry out its raids in the eastern regions of Syria, before reaching the west, where the Russian army is located. It takes into account that Moscow is angry with Tel Aviv for its stance on the war in Ukraine,” the sources noted.

According to the Israel Hayom newspaper, the Israeli military leaders are conducting in-depth deliberations on the possible reaction from Russia, which has so far been silent or just issued political criticism in one out of three or four raids.

These leaders have asked the Israeli ministry of Foreign Affairs to assess the Russian position through diplomatic channels, the sources said.



Sudan, Iran Exchange Ambassadors after 8-Year Rupture

Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)
Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)
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Sudan, Iran Exchange Ambassadors after 8-Year Rupture

Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)
Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)

The head of the Sovereignty Council, Commander of the Sudanese Army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, received, on Sunday, the credentials of Hassan Shah, the new Iranian Ambassador in Sudan, after more than 8 years of complete estrangement between the two countries.
In press statements, the Undersecretary of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hussein Al-Amin, pointed to the “beginning of a new phase of bilateral relations,” and stressed strong ties between Sudan and Iran.
He added: “The President of the Sovereignty Council welcomed the new ambassador of Iran.”
In turn, the Iranian ambassador said that submitting his credentials “comes within the framework of the common consensus between the two countries regarding the exchange of ambassadors and the promotion of bilateral relations.” He added that he would do his “utmost to strengthen cooperation relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sudan.”
He also noted that his country “supports national sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Sudan.”
In October, Sudan announced the resumption of diplomatic relations with Iran following meetings between officials in the two countries, which lasted for months.
The new rapprochement began during talks between their foreign ministers in Azerbaijan, in July 2023, on the sidelines of the meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement.
In June 2016, the government of deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced that it was severing its relations with Iran and expelling its ambassador from Khartoum.