Syria threatens 'more surprises' following downing of Israeli warplane

Syria threatens 'more surprises' following downing of Israeli warplane

Syria threatens 'more surprises' following downing of Israeli warplane

"Iran is in Syria legitimately and based on the invitation of the Syrian government". An existential reason and source of political prestige in the Muslim world for Hezbollah is its war against Israel, which it waged asymmetrically, often attacking civilian targets.

However, at the very least, Israel, the United States, and the moderate Arab states would like to see Iranian influence in Syria expunged.

The statement said such "aggressive policy" threatened stability in the region and went on to urge concerned countries to "rein in" Israel.

The Post asserted in a February 10, 2018 report ("Israel claims incursion by Iranian drone") that the Jewish state used an Iranian drone's "alleged incursion" into Israeli airspace as a "pretext for Israeli strikes on what it described as Iranian targets in Syria". SANA said that "an aggression" by the coalition against "popular forces" that were fighting the Islamic State group and the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces. Syria claims the drone was simply on a routine mission against the Islamic State. Two of the most memorable foreign policy moves by Trump were the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and the $350 billion (largest in US history) arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

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. "Iran can create a hell for the Zionist regime of Israel", Salami said.

En route to Rome on Sunday for an anti-ISIS conference, Mattis said the US had no involvement in the operation "on a military basis". The drone was launched from the Tiyas military airbase-also known as the T-4 airbase, near Palmyra, Syria-journeyed through Jordanian airspace, and was shot down by the Israeli air force over Israeli territory, in order to be able to study it. Subsequent attacks were carried out against four additional Iranian targets and eight Syrian sites. On Saturday, Kurdish forces shot down a Turkish attack helicopter, the first officially confirmed loss of a Turkish aircraft over Syria.

Tehran denied any involvement in the drone penetration claim made by Israel. "This work will continue", he said.

A former chief of Israeli military intelligence put it this way "Israel has the capability to destroy the Russian and Iranian project to save the Assad regime". In the last few weeks, the proxy conflicts between Israel and Iran and Turkey and the Kurds have heated up in particular.

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The two pilots inside the downed F-16 ejected safely before the plane crashed to the ground inside Syria.

How can Russian Federation best accomplish its goals in the Middle East? Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu says a dozen Syrian and Iranian bases and antiaircraft positions were struck.

The Turkish campaign has strained relations between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Ankara and Washington, which has partnered with the Syrian Kurds in the fight against the Islamic State group.

These interventions were punctuated by frequent airstrikes by Israel against Shia militia targets near its borders, as it sought to intercept any hostile build-up by Iran and its allied militias there. The state news agency SANA said air defenses responded to a "new Israeli aggression". This incident of direct engagement demonstrates to what extent the Iranian military presence in Syria grew since the start of the Civil War.

The Israeli military says an Iranian drone infiltrated the country and it was shot down.

Israel then launched a second bombing raid in Syria.

But yesterday, after the downing of the F-16, an official in the pro-Assad alliance said a "message" had been delivered to Israel.

For some time, Israelis have seethed over Iran's ever-deepening presence in Syria.

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