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Hizbullah’s “Wish List”

Filed under: Hizbullah, Iran, Israel, Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Syria

Hizbullah’s “Wish List”
General locations of Israeli strikes in Syria on May 10, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
General locations of Israeli strikes in Syria on May 10, 2018.
General locations of Israeli strikes in Syria on May 10, 2018.
(Israel Defense Forces)

Iran’s Hizbullah proxy not only serves as the Islamic Republic’s expeditionary force in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Africa.  It also makes feeble attempts at public relations and fiction writing.

The latest example, “Sensitive Zionist Sites in Golan under Fire,” appears in the Hizbullah’ screed sheet, Al Ahed, and supposedly reports on the May 9, 2018, IRGC attack on Israeli positions on the Golan Heights.

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, several Zionist military sites in the occupied Syrian Golan were targeted by dozens of missiles over two launching times. The missiles hit some sensitive targets related to human and technical reconnaissance, data gathering and leadership headquarters.

Hizbullah, on behalf of the unnamed IRGC, provides their “wish list” of “targeted Israeli sites”:

  • Main military center for technical, electronic reconnaissance
  • Border brigade headquarters: Photo gathering 9900 unit
  • Main military site for electronic interference
  • Main military site for eaves-dropping on wired and wireless networks in the western mountain range
  • Telecommunication centers for communication and transmission systems
  • Observatory for precision weapons unit during ground operations
  • Military helicopters heliport
  • Regional headquarters for the military leadership of Brigade 810
  • Headquarters of the leadership of military brigades in Mount Hermon
  • The winter headquarters of the special ice [Alpine] unit

In fact, not one IRGC rocket made it to the Golan. Four were shot down by the IDF’s Iron Dome interceptor missiles, and all the rest fell in Syrian territory. Nevertheless, Hizbullah’s fiction writers claimed “the Iron Dome in the Golan failed to confront the missiles [sic rockets].” Hizbullah further claimed, “The enemy confessed … that all of its sensitive sites in the Golan have been hit.”

Burning IRGC base in Syria
After a raid on IRGC base in Syria on May 10, 2018 (Arab Press)

Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said the IDF struck dozens of Iranian targets.  Israel’s air force had destroyed “nearly all” of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria.

Twelve hours after the attack on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard bases, depots, and positions, no official responses were issued by Iran’s leaders, including Ayatollah Khamenei and IRGC deputy commander Hossein Salami who held public meetings where they spoke.

A lower-level official, Mohammad Javad Jamali Nobandegani, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, claimed that Iran had no bases in Syria, only advisors. Other parliament members claimed that Iran had no connection to rockets fired at Israel.