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Senior officer: Iranian-backed forces withdrawing from Syria due to IDF strikes

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A fire is seen after an alleged airstrike near the Syrian city of Masyaf, on August 25, 2022. (Social media: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law, file)
A fire is seen after an alleged airstrike near the Syrian city of Masyaf, on August 25, 2022. (Social media: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law, file)

A senior officer tells reporters that the military has identified Hezbollah and other Iran-backed militias in Syria beginning to withdraw from the region following a series of airstrikes attributed to Israel in recent weeks.

The officer says the apparent withdrawal of Iranian forces from the area is “a result of the IDF strikes.”

Recent airstrikes attributed to Israel disrupted operations at the Aleppo and Damascus airports, in an attempt to stem weapon shipments from Iran to Hezbollah via Syria.

Other airstrikes Syria has blamed on Israel targeted a weapons factory in Masyaf. Defense Minister Benny Gantz this week said Iran had converted the Syrian military site into a factory for long-range missiles for Hezbollah.

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