American fighter jets shot down two drones flying over Iraq last month. The defense establishment has confirmed the drones were Iranian and headed towards Israel. The foiled attack occurred February 14, after Israeli security officials were on high alert “over fears of an Iranian response to a series of Israeli attacks on Iranian targets as part of the IDF’s war-between-wars campaign.”
The drones were intercepted and thwarted near Erbil, the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The drones were taken down by the international coalition efforts. Israel has announced the Iranian “Shahed 197 drones” being eliminated before, such as last year, when drones were “ferrying weapons to Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.”
The drones were taken down March of 2021”by missiles fired by the stealth jets, making it the first time that the aircraft downed unmanned aerial systems anywhere in the world” reports The Jerusalem Post.
It is believed Iran is testing capabilities for drones to be able to deliver equipment such as military, weapons or pieces to aid in carrying out terrorist attacks to enemies of Israel such as the Gaza Strip and Palestinian territories.
“Israeli officials estimate that Iran was attempting to test whether military equipment could be smuggled to Gaza via drone and if successful, if more significant weapons could be smuggled in a similar way in the future.”
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Islamic Jihad shows off ‘tunnel city’ for next attack on Israel
Mohammed Raad, the head of the Hezbollah parliamentary bloc in the Lebanese parliament asked for a mere $9 billion to destroy Israel completely. “The resistance only needs $9 billion and there will be nothing left called Israel in the region” he said over the weekend.
Meanwhile, another terrorist organization shows how they too are planning to obliterate the state of Israel. Islamic Jihad gave a media tour in Gaza, where the terror group touted its offensive and defensive tunnel systems.
“In a ‘tunnel city’ under the sandy soils of southern Gaza, Palestinian terrorists are preparing for the next conflict with Israel, as tensions in Jerusalem threaten to escalate” reports the Times of Israel.
The underground tunnels “leave no trace on the surface” and entrances are “discreetly tucked into the foot of a small hill.” The tunnels are also “complete with electric lights, a ventilation system and telecoms cables, the tunnels also have small rooms for storing weapons and ammunition.”
Abu Hamza, Al-Quds Brigade spokesman of Islamic Jihad said “the tunnels have been repaired and the rocket stocks have been replenished” since last year’s war. He also thanked Iran for its support for helping to rebuild and replace its weapons cache.
Another source who asked not to be named, said the terror group has “a large number of offensive tunnels that stretch deep into [Israel] and are linked up to a system of drones.” He also said the group’s rockets are capable of reaching the whole of Israel.
“The rockets are on high alert and we’re waiting for the leadership to decide” said a gunman sitting close to one of the tunnel entrances with a group of gunmen under the trees.
Times of Israel reports on the latest tensions:
Weeks of deadly violence including a series of Palestinian terror attacks in Israel, Palestinian riots and a police crackdown around Jerusalem’s Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque, and stepped up IDF operations in the West Bank have prompted Islamic Jihad to threaten an escalation.
After two deadly attacks in Tel Aviv and Bnai Brak, the IDF carried out large-scale raids in the West Bank, notably the Jenin area from which the terrorists hailed.
Those operations sparked intense firefights which killed several fighters from Islamic Jihad, which is supported by Israel’s nemesis Iran.
And on Monday evening, a rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel, prompting an Israeli airstrike against a weapons factory.
No faction has yet claimed responsibility, but the incident — the first of its type since January — heightened fears of a further escalation.
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