At least two dozen members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards force were killed as well as an undisclosed amount of newly arrived military supplies have been destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria.
As reported by NBC News, US officials (speaking on the grounds of anonymity) have verified that three American-made F-15 Eagle fighter jets have hit a major Iranian military base in Hama, Syria, resulting two dozen dead and wounding three dozen others.
Long considered one of the top air superiority fighter jets in the world, the Eagle also has all-weather ground strike capabilities, as the Iranians just found out.
The Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad actually controls less than half of the nation. The country is a helter-skelter patchwork of areas shared by government forces, Kurdish rebels, various anti-Assad groups, and a much depleted ISIS.
Still on the ground in Syria, elements of a US Marine Expeditionary Unit and a handful of American Special Forces troops are in the eastern half of the embattled region.
Meanwhile, NBC News cites the soldiers loyal to the Damascus government are so weakened;
Russia runs the air war for the Assad regime in Syria, Iran is now running the ground war, the officials said, with Iranian military present at every major Russian and Syrian regime base in the country.
As also noted by NBC;
In the past two weeks Iran has increased military cargo flights to Syria, stocked with additional weapons and supplies like small arms, ammunition and surface-to-air missiles that two U.S. officials believe are meant both to shore up Iranian ground forces and to strike at Israel. For years the U.S. has tracked arms shipments from Iran to Hezbollah fighters in Syria supporting the Assad regime, but recently Iran has been supplying Hezbollah with more material and logistical support.
The same anonymous US officials supposedly warn that Israel is girding their loins for war with the Islamic Republic;
Israel now seems to be preparing for military action and is seeking U.S. help and support.
During the past week, senior Israeli military leaders have been meeting with senior U.S. counterparts, both in the region and in the U.S., looking for U.S. support for stronger action against Iran in Syria. U.S. officials say the Israeli requests include intelligence support.
Perhaps proving that the Jewish State is one to be reckoned with, NBC quotes the US Secretary of Defense and retired Marine General James “Chaos” Mattis;
“The Iranian forces … or the proxy forces have tried to get down closer to the Israeli border, I mean very close to it, and you’ve seen Israel take action over that.”