Iranian forces foil attack on border watchtower in southeast, kill three terrorists

Both Russia and the Syrian regime accused Israel of being behind the strike but the Israeli military has refused to confirm or deny its involvement, as is its practice with almost all operations in Syria.

On April 8, Israel targeted Syria's T4 air base, killing 14 people including Iranian military advisers.

Immediately after the Israeli attack, Iran recognised the losses and pledged to take revenge by destroying Tel Aviv, but it said it would choose the appropriate time and place to take revenge.

Israel has said it will not allow Iran to maintain a permanent military foothold in Syria. Israel per longstanding policy, has not publicly claimed responsibility.

Friedman expected that Iran is serous in its warning to retaliate, citing "the Iranian admission that its officers were killed in the original strike and their intentionally public and publicised funeral in Tehran-contrary to previous instances of Iranian casualties being severely downplayed by the Islamic republic".

He also speculated that Saturday's attack was ruse by the United States "to create a rift among Iran, Russia and Turkey" and thereby wreck ongoing talks on Syria's political future sponsored by the three countries.

But Israeli officials said the Tiyas air base was being used by troops from Iran and that Israel would not accept such a presence in Syria of its arch foe.

"Israel will receive the appropriate response for its crime sooner or later, and they will regret their misdeed".

Earlier, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem, warned Israel against hit-and-run attacks on Syria and said that it's aggression against the T-4 base won't go unanswered. The Iranians at these sites are responsible for receiving cargo planes from Iran, and operating some of the missiles.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, two Israeli F-15 fighter jets conducted an attack against Syria's T-4 base on April 9.

  • Rogelio Becker