A not-so-silent war

While Israel’s activity during the first six years of the Syrian conflict was shrouded in secrecy, over the past eight months many events have been brought to light either by Israeli officials or by the overt nature of its actions. Yissachar Ruas received some insight into the campaign from a high-ranking Israeli Air Force source.

AH-64D Saraf 784 from 113 ‘Hornet’ Squadron, fitted with long-range fuel tanks and a Hellfire acquisition round. A Saraf from this unit was responsible for shooting down an Iranian-operated drone over Israel on February 10 this year.

For years, a proxy war has been fought between Iran and Israel by groups supported by Tehran, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. Since Syria became a quagmire of civil war in 2011, Israel has paid close attention to the influx of Iranian forces into that country. The conflict has showcased the ongoing battle between Sunni and Shia Islam. Iran’s leaders – some of whom have reportedly called for the destruction of the Jewish state – have utilised the conflict to fight their Sunni enemies in Syria, and as a way to confront Israel.

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