Israel Signals it could Hit Iranian Targets in Iraq

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned that Israel might strike Iranian targets outside of Syria, following reports that Tehran has deployed ballistic missiles to Iraq. “We are not limiting ourselves just to Syrian territory”

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Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman indicated on Monday that Israel could attack suspected Iranian military assets in Iraq.

“We are certainly monitoring everything that is happening in Syria and, regarding Iranian threats, we are not limiting ourselves just to Syrian territory. This also needs to be clear,” Lieberman told a conference hosted and aired live by the Israel Television News Company.

Asked if that included possible action in Iraq, Lieberman said: “I am saying that we will contend with any Iranian threat, and it doesn’t matter from where it comes ... Israel’s freedom is total. We retain this freedom of action.”

Lieberman’s implicit warning comes days after Reuters reported that Iran had transferred dozens of short-range ballistic missiles to Shi’ite allies in Iraq in recent months.

According to Friday’s report, which was officially denied by Tehran and Baghdad, Iran has been working to provide its proxies with missile manufacturing facilities and has been training militia members in operating the new weapons.

 

[Sources: Reuters, Times of Israel]

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