A senior officer of the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) was injured in the recent Israeli strikes on Deir Ezzor, Syrian sources revealed on January 15.
Brigadier General Ahmed Ibrahim al-Khalil, the director of the MID’s Branch 243, was injured when the Israeli military targeted the branch’s headquarters in Deir Ezzor city. The officer is currently recovering.
The Branch 243 was one of several targets attacked by Israel early on January 13. A US intelligence official told the Associated Press that a network of warehouses used to store Iranian-made weapons and components for the Islamic country’s nuclear program were targeted.
Syrian opposition sources alleged that over 50 Syrian and Iranian-backed fighters were killed in the strikes. However, only one casualty, an officer of the MID, was verified.
Brig. Gen. al-Khalik was appointed as the director of Branch 243 in October of 2019. The branch is responsible for the MID’s intelligence gathering, anti-sabotage and counter-terrorism activities in Deir Ezzor.
The attack on the Branch 243 represents a new, dangerous development in Israeli military operations against Syria. Intelligence branches were not targeted before.
These strikes on Deir Ezzor were a part of Israel’s “War-Between-Wars” campaign, which started in the mid-2000s and ramped up after the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011. The campaign is meant to push Iran and its allies out from Syria as well as to prevent them from developing Advanced offensive capabilities.
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