Five IRGC-Quds Force Terror Commanders Eliminated in Alleged Israeli Strike

2024-01-20 11:00:15

Iranian Quds Force’s Syria-based intelligence chief and four other Islamic Guard (IRGC) terror commanders were eliminated on Saturday in an alleged Israeli strike in Damascus, Syria.

“The Iranian news agency says head of the Revolutionary Guard’s Quds force’s intelligence chief and his deputy among the fatalities in attack on a four story building,” the Israeli news website YNET reported Saturday.

The Quds Force is the international terrorist arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The alleged Israeli strike comes as Hezbollah and other IRGC-backed terrorist groups ramp up cross-border attacks into northern Israel using Syrian and Lebanese territory.

The Iranian regime acknowledged the killing of its senior terror operatives in the strike. “Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi vowed to punish Israel for a strike on Saturday that killed five Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria, state media says,” The Times of Israel reported.

The slain Quds Force’s Syria-based intelligence chief, identified as Sadegh Omidzadeh, was involved in planning lethal IDE attacks on U.S. troops in Syria, reports suggest.

According to a June, 2023 article in the Washington Post, Omidzadeh was implicated in the training and arming of Syria-based pro-Iranian terror militias to “use more powerful armor-piercing roadside bombs intended specifically to target U.S. military vehicles and kill U.S. personnel.”

The Israeli military, in keeping with its doctrine, did not comment on the counter-terrorism strike.

In early January, Hamas deputy terror chief Saleh Al-Arouri was killed in an Israeli air strike in Beirut, Lebanon. Al-Arouri was among the key planners of the October 7 massacre. A week later, another Israeli strike eliminated the terrorist group Hezbollah’s top operational commander, Wissam al-Tawil.

The Jerusalem Post reported Saturday’s drone strike:

Four members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed in an alleged Israeli air strike on Damascus on Saturday, including a senior figure in its information unit, a security source in the regional pro-Syrian alliance told Reuters.

The strike, using precision-guided missiles according to the source, flattened a multi-story building in the neighborhood of Mazzeh in the Syrian capital.

The security source, part of a network of groups close to Syria’s government and its major ally Iran, said the multi-story building was used by Iranian advisers supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s government, and that it was entirely flattened by “precision-targeted Israeli missiles.”

There has been no immediate confirmation from Israel.

Essam Al-Amin, head of the Al-Mowasat Hospital in Damascus, told local Syrian outlet Al-Watan Online that his hospital had received one corpse and three wounded people, including a woman, following Saturday’s attac

Five members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed in an alleged Israeli air strike on Damascus on Saturday, including a senior figure in its information unit, a security source in the regional pro-Syrian alliance told Reuters.

In Tehran, the Revolutionary Guards named four military advisers who were killed in the Israeli strike, but did not give their rank, and said further details would be announced later. Iranian state television said the targeted building was the residence of Iranian advisers in the Syrian capital. A fifth advisor was later confirmed to have died of his wounds.

The strike, using precision-guided missiles according to the source, flattened a multi-story building in the neighborhood of Mazzeh in the Syrian capital.

The security source, part of a network of groups close to Syria’s government and its major ally Iran, said the multi-story building was used by Iranian advisers supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s government, and that it was entirely flattened by “precision-targeted Israeli missiles.”



IDF air strike takes out Hamas terrorists in Lebanon

The news of the killing of IRGC-Quds Force commanders in Syria was followed by reports of an Israeli air strike on Hamas terrorists who were operating under Hezbollah’s protection in Lebanon.

“An Israeli strike on southern Lebanon on Saturday killed two members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas as they were traveling in a car,” the UK newspaper Telegraph reported. “Israel has been carrying out air strikes on southern Lebanon against Palestinian militant groups based there as well as their Lebanese ally Hezbollah, a powerful armed group, which have fired rockets across the border at Israel.”

The IDF on Saturday also conducted strikes against Hezbollah terror targets in Lebanon amid increasing cross-border attacks, including last week’s failed attempts by a Hamas death squad to sneak into northern Israel.

‘No school or mosque without weapons,’ IDF finds as Gaza ground operation continues

Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continues with its military operations in terrorist-infested Gaza. “IDF ground troops, supported by the IAF and the Israeli Navy, are continuing to strike and destroy terrorist infrastructure and weapons throughout the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli military said in a press release on Saturday.

As Israeli troops clear Gaza of terrorists in heavy house-to-house fighting, the extent of Hamas’s penetration of Palestinian society is coming to light. “There is no area without a tunnel shaft, no school or mosque without weapons,” the IDF said in a separate statement on Saturday. Many of these schools are run by United Nation’s Palestinian aid agency UNRWA, a body thoroughly compromised by Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist groups.

The military on Saturday revealed the details of the ongoing Gaza operations:

IDF ground troops, supported by the IAF and the Israeli Navy, are continuing to strike and destroy terrorist infrastructure and weapons throughout the Gaza Strip.

During IDF activity in the northern Gaza Strip, the troops identified terrorists who were operating in close proximity to them and attempting to plant explosive devices in the area. The troops responded with fire and directed an IAF aircraft to strike the terrorists.

In a separate IDF operation in the northern Gaza Strip, soldiers identified a terrorist cell approaching an anti-tank missile launcher situated in a military compound adjacent to their position, as well as enemy spotters in the vicinity. The troops directed IAF helicopters to thwart the terrorist cell and destroy the compounds used by the enemy spotters.

Further IDF activity in the northern Gaza Strip located a number of launchers used to fire at Israeli territory. Engineering forces acted to destroy the launchers.

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