Iran is planning a wave of attacks against US troops in Syria, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing intelligence documents. Another of the documents also mentions the cooperation of the regimes in Damascus, Tehran and Moscow on a joint strategy, calculated to expel the approximately 900-strong American contingent from eastern Syria.
According to the American newspaper “Washington Post”, secret documents, originally posted on the social network Discord, describe the plans Iranto arm the militias they support, including With Syria and Lebanon, into roadside bombs specifically designed to penetrate the armor of military vehicles, including even tanks.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards reportedly tested the devices in January near Damascus. In February, three such bombs were intercepted by Kurdish allies USA in Northeast Syria.
According to the documents referred to by “WP”, Iran plans to escalate attacks against US troops in Syria, which in recent months have been the target of a series of drone and missile strikes by Tehran’s allies. As a result, one civilian employee of the army was killed and six soldiers were injured.
Iran and Russia are working on a strategy to drive US troops out of Syria
Another of the documents, from January this year, also mentions the cooperation of the regimes in Damascus, Tehran and Moscow on a joint strategy, calculated to dislodge the approximately 900-strong American contingent from eastern Syria.
These plans would include inciting popular resistance and supporting groups carrying out attacks against Americans. In November, the services of the three countries were to agree to create a “coordination center” to lead these activities.
According to experts quoted by “WP”, the plans of Iran and Russia could lead to a major escalation in the country and are the result of enhanced cooperation between the regimes in the face of war in Ukraine and Tehran’s support for aggression.
One result of Iran’s increasingly close military relationship with Russia is that it now has a freer hand in Syria. Now that Iran has been able to get the green light from the Russians, it can gradually turn up its game, said Farzin Nadimi, an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy think tank.
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