Israel strikes Syria but Iran is the target

Pauline Gross
February 14, 2018

He made the remarks on the sidelines of a ceremony at Azad University after some westerners called for Iran's withdrawal from Syria. There are the forces loyal to Bashar Assad, militants controlled by Iran including those from Hezbollah, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) supported by Turkey, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which includes the USA -backed People's Protection Units (YPG), Daesh - which nobody knows who is behind - and the Nusra Front, which benefits from the support of various players who change frequently. The foreign meddlers funded the terrorists in Syria to topple the Syrian government. Iran's political influence over the Assad government is a major worry for Israel, who accuse Tehran of trying to use Syria as a new military base from which it could attack the Jewish state. Whether an escalation will take place immediately is uncertain but the region is now set for the outbreak of an Israel-Iran proxy conflict.

There's no question this isn't good for USA interests either, but especially with US forces deployed across the Middle East on counterterrorism missions; Iran is no fan of the United States. During the attack, Syrian air defense managed to shoot down an Israeli aircraft, also for the first time.

He confirmed that it was the first time an Iranian drone had crossed into Israeli airspace since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.

Nonetheless, Russia appears to be the sole country capable of playing the role of mediator, as Moscow has warm ties with both Iran and Israel. The Israelis are completely changing their policy, taking much greater risks in order to halt this dynamic.

A Pentagon spokesman on Saturday said the U.S.

Observers say that the downing of the Israeli jet sent Tel Aviv the message that Syria and other countries whose airspace is violated by Israel are now ready to stop those violations. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) responded by engaging twelve targets, including three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian military targets, all of which were located in Syria. The paper wrote "the Israeli military released video it said shows an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace on February 10, before it was destroyed by an Israeli attack helicopter".

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Israel was reluctant to get involved in the Syrian conflict, as was Turkey, and they are now dealing with the consequences of holding back. On Saturday, Israel's military said it shot down an Iranian drone that took off from a base in Syria and infiltrated Israeli airspace. Syrian anti-air systems retaliated, striking an Israeli F-16, which crashed after making it back to Israeli territory. The drone that was operated from a base in Syria traveled 3 to 4 miles into the Israeli territory before it was shot down by an Apache attack helicopter in the Israeli town of Beit She'an, New York Post reported.

Iran has said it has no military presence in Syria and is only offering Damascus advisory military help.

The minister further warned about increasing Iranian involvement along its borders with Syria and Lebanon.

How can Russian Federation best accomplish its goals in the Middle East? But the prospect for further escalation is higher than ever, and these kinds of Israeli operations in Syria are likely to become the new normal.

The military says the pilots abandoned the aircraft and were safe. Israel has opted for action, rather than allowing the situation to fester until it reaches the scale of other strategic threats facing the country-namely the over 100,000 rockets and missiles now in Hezbollah's arsenal. If Israeli lives are lost, the Netanyahu administration's response may be much more severe.

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