Forces affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had moved Iranian-made ballistic missiles from Deir Ezzor to Raqqa in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Reported on September 25.
According to the London-based monitoring group, the missiles were moved from an ammunition depot located in the outskirts of the town of al-Mayadin in southern Deir Ezzor to positions held by Iranian-backed forces near the town of Madan in southeastern Raqqa.
The SOHR said that the missiles were of the Burkan-2H type, a derivative of the Soviet-designed Scud short-range ballistic missile.
This type was developed by the Houthis (Ansar Allah) in Yemen with support from the IRGC. It is very unlikely that missiles of this type were shipped to Syria as the SOHR claims. This casts some serious doubts on the monitoring group’s report.
In the report, the SOHR speculated that the ballistic missiles will be used by Iranian-backed forces to attack US military bases in northeastern Syria.
The group’s claims may be nothing more than a propaganda stunt meant to justify US or Israeli strikes on Iranian-backed forces, who have been guarding the Syrian-Iraqi border from ISIS.
Around ten days ago, a series of airstrikes destroy several vehicles of Iranian-backed forces on the Iraqi side of the border. The US denied responsibility, while Israel remained silent.
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