Israeli military attacks Syrian Army post near Damascus

"What we have in place now is a comprehensive strategy for Iran, and denying Iran all access to a nuclear weapons is one part of that strategy", Mr McMaster said.

Israel regards Syria's ally in the region, Iran, as its number one "threat", accusing Tehran of supporting anti-Israel forces throughout the Middle East and vowing not to allow the Islamic Republic to turn Syria into its military foothold.

The photographs were taken on Monday afternoon by Israel's EROS-B satellite, the company said.

With details still emerging on Israel's Friday attack against a military site south of the Syrian capital city of Damascus, a strike which Israeli media have presented as being an attack against Iran, a new round of strikes was reported Monday night, against different targets in metro Damascus.

A Sky News Arabic report said that the missiles were fired from within Lebanese airspace.

There was no official Israeli comment. Syria's air defense system reportedly managed to intercept three of the missiles.

Israel says Iran is seeking to open a new front against Israel on the Syrian- Israeli border.

An Israeli Air Force F-16 D fighter jet.

The construction of the alleged Iranian base was first reported by the BBC last month, citing a Western intelligence official.

Images of the base broadcast by the BBC showed "a series of two dozen large low-rise buildings, likely for housing soldiers and vehicles".

The same site was apparently targeted by Israel back in 2013.

Israel in the past has targeted positions of Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iran-backed group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army. "We'll find out in the months ahead, particularly as ISIL melts away and Tehran seeks to fill the void in Iraq and Syria". They were expected to discuss Iran's alleged construction of the military base at al-Kiswah.

"I will not take your letter nor read it and I have nothing to say to these people", Mr Golpayegani quoted Maj Gen Soleimani as saying. The agreement, announced in a joint US-Russian statement Saturday, affirms a call for "the reduction, and ultimate elimination" of foreign fighters from southern Syria. Another witness reported thick smoke rising over the area.

  • Leon Brazil