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The Syrian military is blaming Israel and the United States for an attack on Shiite militia forces at a site near the Syria-Iraqi border in the wee hours of Monday morning.

A Syrian military official told the Hezbollah-linked al-Mayadeen network on Monday that Israel and the US are responsible for the attack, which he claimed targeted a “Syrian base” under construction for “regime forces.”

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Satellite images (seen below) taken after the air strike show damage to four large warehouses belonging to a pro-Iranian militia.

He added that the base, located near the Syrian city of Al Bukamal, was empty at the time of the attack, which he said “crossed a red line.”

At least 18 Iranian operatives were killed in the attack, according to foreign news reports. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that 18 Iranian militia fighters and Hezbollah terrorists were killed in the attack.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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