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Iran Pulls Out Top IRGC Terror Commanders From Syria Amid IDF Counter-Terror Strikes 

Iran Pulls Out Top IRGC Terror Commanders From Syria Amid IDF Counter-Terror Strikes 

Israeli TV channel i24NEWS:  “Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) recalled its senior officers from Syria, and will now rely on regional proxies.”

Iran on Thursday pulled out its top Islamic Guard (IRGC) commanders and several other terror operatives from Syria amid alleged Israeli counter-terror strikes. “Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) recalled its senior officers from Syria, and will now rely on regional proxies,” the Israeli TV channel i24NEWS reported. “The decision came amid increased targeted strikes, blamed on Israel, in the region.”

Tehran is withdrawing top terror operatives nearly two weeks after a supposed Israeli airstrike eliminated 5 IRGC commanders, including its Syria-based intelligence chief. Since Hamas’s October 7 massacre, the Israeli military has reportedly carried out several targeted strikes in neighboring Syria and Lebanon, both countries which are being used by Iran to stage terror attacks into northern Israel, such as rocket barrages and infiltration attempts by terror squads.

Prompted by Iran, Hezbollah and other terrorist militias have escalated attacks along Israel’s northern border. The sudden retreat of IRGC commanders from the battlefield leaves these proxy terrorist outfits in the lurch.

The Jerusalem Post reported:

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have scaled back deployment of their senior officers in Syria due to a spate of deadly Israeli strikes and will rely more on allied Shi’ite militia to preserve their sway there, five sources familiar with the matter said.

The Guards have suffered one of their most bruising spells in Syria since arriving a decade ago to aid President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian war. Since December, Israeli strikes have killed more than half a dozen of their members, among them one of the Guards’ top intelligence generals.

As hardliners in Tehran demand retaliation, Iran’s decision to pull out senior officers is driven partly by its aversion to being sucked directly into a conflict bubbling across the Middle East, three of the sources told Reuters. (…)

One of the sources – a senior regional security official briefed by Tehran – said senior Iranian commanders had left Syria along with dozens of mid-ranking officers, describing it as a downsizing of the presence.

Syria, ruled by the Iran-backed Bashar al-Assad regime, has turned into a forward base for Iran’s IRGC, the regime’s international terrorist arm, as it seeks to encircle Israel. Iran-sponsored terrorist groups, such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), are part of the same Iranian strategy of waging proxy war on Israel from Palestinian-run Gaza and the West Bank.

Gaza: Israeli air force hits Hamas’s long-range missile launcher

As the Israeli ground operation enters its fourteenth week, the IDF is fighting to take the last major Hamas stronghold of Khan Yunis, where Hamas’s terrorist leadership is thought to be hiding behind Israeli hostages.

The Hamas bastion of Khan Yunis is infested with a web of underground terror tunnels used for moving Hamas’s terrorist fighting force undetected and for sneak attacks against Israeli troops. In recent weeks, Israeli troops in Khan Yunis — particularly the IDF’s 55th Brigade — “located and dismantled tunnel shafts, destroyed numerous weapons, and eliminated a large number of terrorists, the Israel broadcaster Arutz Sheva reported Thursday.

The Israeli Air Force on Thursday destroyed a long-range rocket launcher located in Khan Yunis. Hamas has been using the area to fire rockets at Israeli cities.

“The barrage of at least 11 projectiles was fired from southern Gaza, where the majority of the fighting is centered, and set off alarms across central Israel including in Tel Aviv and the surrounding cities of Rishon Lezion, Holon and Bat Yam,” The Times of Israel reported Wednesday. “More than 2,000 Hamas operatives have been killed above and below ground in Khan Younis since troops began operating there last month,” the news website added.

The Israeli military reported the ongoing operations in a press release on Thursday afternoon:

IDF troops are continuing operational activities in the northern and central Gaza Strip and in the center of Gaza City. Over the past day, the troops eliminated dozens of terrorists. Following the identification of a terrorist cell in central Gaza, IDF troops directed an aircraft that struck and eliminated a number of terrorists in the area.

In the northern Gaza Strip, IDF troops are continuing to enter Hamas military compounds and eliminate terrorists.

IDF troops are continuing extensive activities in western Khan Yunis. Over the past day, IDF troops eliminated terrorists in the area in close-quarters combat. In addition, IDF troops directed several aircraft that struck and eliminated a number of terrorists in different areas.

During activities in Khan Yunis, IDF troops identified a long-range missile launcher. The troops directed an IDF fighter jet, that struck the launcher.

IDF troops in Khan Yunis identified a number of terrorists in the area. In cooperation with the IAF, the troops directed an aircraft that struck and eliminated the terrorists.

Biden sanctions Israeli ‘settlers’

While Israel battles deadly Palestinian terrorism on all fronts, President Joe Biden issued an executive order sanctioning Israeli “settler violence.”

“President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order allowing the U.S. to impose new sanctions on Israeli settlers — and potentially Israeli politicians and government officials — involved in violent attacks against Palestinians,” Axios reported.

Biden’s executive order could be the beginning of further restrictions against Israeli ‘settlers,’ or Jews living in their ancestral homeland of Judea and Samaria, news reports suggest.

The measures might be aimed at Israeli politicians regarded ‘far-right’ by the Biden administration. “The administration reportedly considered sanctions on Israeli Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich,” the i24NEWS noted Thursday.


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IRGC guys in Syria to bosses in Tehran: “youse guys gotta get me back home! Dem Joos are trying to kill meeeee!”

Or something like that…

    JohnSmith100 in reply to stevewhitemd. | February 1, 2024 at 2:48 pm

    Are they all in one place in Iran now? Just asking, I assume that will hear more about them in the near future

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to stevewhitemd. | February 1, 2024 at 2:55 pm

    Looks like the towel heads and mud hutters aren’t too happy when the jooz took their threat seriously. IRG, like any other mudslime group, detest not having the upper hand.

    Perhaps if their predecessors in the European ghettos had fought back this ferociously, the jackboot thugs would have thought better of loading trains bound for the camps.

So… it’s working. 🙂

On an ever so slightly more serious note: we all understand that the problem will continue until the leading mad ayatollahs and their IRGC commander-supremos are whacked.

As Joe Stalin once said, “when a man is causing you a problem, remember, no man, no problem!”

Question for the board.

Do you think that Israeli citizens are targeting innocent West Bank Palestinians for attacks?

I have read the comments from Blinken and the Biden Administration but have not seen much reporting which seems odd if it is actually occurring given the animus from corporate media to Israel and its government.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Mauiobserver. | February 1, 2024 at 2:54 pm

    No, Israelis are not targeting innocent Pales, but they should because damn few of them innocent.

    scooterjay in reply to Mauiobserver. | February 1, 2024 at 2:54 pm

    I don’t know many Jews but the ones I know are pretty passive.
    The Islamic cretins are the ones that hide behind children.

    There was, I think, one incident in the news about some “settlers” raiding some Palestinians in the West Bank within a month of Oct 7. But (IIRC) Israel caught them and punished them and all went quiet on that front.

    And, concur that there a few more innocent West Bank Palestinians than innocent Gazans. But that means it’s still a pretty low number.

      Mauiobserver in reply to GWB. | February 1, 2024 at 4:47 pm

      Combined with the leftist colonizer/settler rhetoric it seems likely that this is part of a 2 state solution campaign.

      What a great thought. With no Israel security in the West Bank and weapons pouring in from Iran what could go wrong?

    BierceAmbrose in reply to Mauiobserver. | February 1, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    “Do you think that Israeli citizens are targeting innocent West Bank Palestinians for attacks?”


    — If The Apparatus had anything it would be on continuous loop, with 24×7 “analysis” on at least 3 regime media channels.

    — Too many Palestinians alive in the West Bank. If the Israelis there decided to act, well…

    — He signed an “executive order” giving the admin the authoritah to declare whatever. It’s lame: just another executive order. It’s a vague: what’s “violence” or whatever? It’s a power grab: this is what they do.

    — The anti-Israel faction is to quiet. If this EO had teeth, they’d be demanding broadsides from every ship in the ares, landing all the special forces we have, and air raids parking-lotting Jewish=only neighborhoods in the West Bank.

    On the up side, doing this alienates anybody even vaguely pro-Israel, isn’t enough for the pro-Palestinians, and exposes Brandon and Screaming D’s level of cynicism.

    ConradCA in reply to Mauiobserver. | February 2, 2024 at 1:21 pm

    One thing I hope Israel learned is that civilians need to be armed for self defense and the kibbutz need to be fortified so Muslims won’t be able to act like their Nazi heroes. This is especially true for those living on the borders