by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - Israel conducted its first airstrikes in Iraqi territory since the 1980s, targeting Iranian missile shipments on July 19th and July 28th.
The July 19th strike, in which an Israeli F-35 jet killed a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and a member of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah who were holed up in a rocket depot north of Baghdad, was followed by a strike on Sunday that targeted Iranian ballistic missile shipments at Camp Ashraf.
“Israel will do whatever it must do to defend itself against Iran’s aggression. We will continue to act against you in Syria. We will act against you in Lebanon. We will act against you in Iraq,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a UN speech in September.
Though it has conducted hundreds of strikes in Syrian territory since the outbreak of the civil war there in 2011 in an aim to prevent the movement of Iranian arms near its border, Israel has not struck Iraq since it destroyed a nuclear reactor southeast of Baghdad in 1981, otherwise known as “Operation Opera.”
Another Israeli strike in Daraa province, Syria last week killed six Iranians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.