[size=52]Iran uses Iraqi trucks to transport weapons to Syria and the Lebanese Hezbollah[/size]
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An official from the border authorities: The trucks that were bombed inside Syria are Iraqi, but they do not carry any Iraqi goods, given that his country does not export products to any Arab country.[/size]
[size=45]International political and military messages poured in to Iran and its militia arms in Iraq and Syria, after the imposition of sanctions by the European Union on the Iranian Guard.
Three people, including a commander in a pro-Tehran militia, were killed as a result of strikes carried out by a drone on Monday in eastern Syria, in an attack that is the second of its kind within 24 hours, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The border region between eastern Syria and Iraq is one of the most prominent areas of influence for Iran and its loyal groups in Syria, including Iraqi militias. Over the years, trucks carrying weapons, ammunition, warehouses, and military sites belonging to those groups have been subjected to air strikes, including those announced by Washington and others attributed to Israel.
The Hashd militia pushed a number of factions and brigades towards the western border areas of Anbar on the Syrian border to open a safe route for them to trade in Captagon drugs coming from Syria and from Hezbollah factories in Lebanon, as well as smuggling weapons from Iran to the militias inside Syria and the Lebanese Hezbollah.
The operation also aims for Iraq to become a safe route for the transfer of weapons, the deployment and distribution of drugs inside Iraq and for export to neighboring countries.
The day after drones targeted a convoy of trucks in the Al-Bukamal countryside, after crossing from Iraq, killing seven pro-Tehran militias, according to the observatory, a drone targeted a four-wheel drive vehicle in the same place on Monday morning.
The bombing led to “the killing of a leader in a pro-Iranian fighting group, along with two of his companions of non-Syrian nationalities,” while they were inspecting the targeting site at night, according to the same source.
The Observatory was unable to determine the nationalities of those killed in the two attacks, nor the identity of the parties that carried them out. No party has claimed responsibility so far.
The strikes at night targeted six refrigerated trucks as they entered from Iraq, which were carrying Iranian weapons, according to what the Observatory's director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP.
According to the Observatory, at least two similar convoys entered this week from Iraq, unloading their cargo in the city of Al-Mayadeen, pointing out that they transported “advanced weapons” to groups loyal to Tehran.
Activist Omar Abu Laila, who documents the situation in Deir Ezzor via the “Deir Ezzor 24” news network, said that the raids also targeted “headquarters of pro-Tehran groups,” pointing to “great destruction in the targeted places.”
There was no official comment from Damascus, but the local Sham FM radio station, which is close to it, reported that “unidentified warplanes targeted, with a number of raids, six refrigerated trucks” while they were stopping east of Albu Kamal “after passing the common border gate with Iraq.”
In Iraq, an official from the border authorities confirmed to the French Press Agency that “the trucks that were bombed inside Syria are Iraqi, but they do not carry any Iraqi goods,” given that his country does not export products to any Arab country.
He said, “The trucks are carrying Iranian goods towards Syria, and they crossed through unofficial ports,” suggesting that Iraqi trucks would be used instead of Iranian ones to avoid being bombed.
Iran is a major supporter of Damascus. Since the start of the conflict in 2011, it has provided it with political, economic and military support. In 2011, it took the initiative to open a line of credit to secure Syria's oil needs in particular, before sending military advisors and fighters to support the Syrian army in its battles. They contributed to tipping the scales in favor of the government forces on several fronts.
The province of Deir ez-Zor is divided between several parties, as the regime forces and Iranian militias and groups loyal to them control the area west of the Euphrates River, which divides the province into two parts, while the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are Kurdish and Arab factions supported by the international coalition led by Washington, control the areas located at its eastern banks.
The Observatory estimates the deployment of about 15,000 Iranian fighters from pro-Iranian groups in the area between the cities of Al-Bukamal and Al-Mayadeen.
The region is subjected from time to time to similar strikes, one of which targeted a convoy in November containing fuel tanks and weapons after it crossed from Iraq. As a result of the bombing, for which “Israel” later claimed responsibility, 14 fighters loyal to Tehran were killed.
Since the start of the conflict in 2011, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes in Syria, targeting regime forces and Iranian and Hezbollah targets. It rarely confirms the implementation of the strikes, but it repeatedly confronts what it describes as Iran's attempts to consolidate its military presence in Syria.
The international coalition has repeatedly acknowledged carrying out strikes against fighters loyal to Tehran.
Since 2011, Syria has been witnessing a bloody conflict with many sides, which has caused the death of about half a million people, massive destruction of infrastructure, and the displacement of more than half of the population inside and outside the country.[/size]
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