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Tensions Escalate In Middle East With Israel-Iran Drone Standoff

Tensions Escalate In Middle East With Israel-Iran Drone Standoff Tensions Escalate In Middle East With Israel-Iran Drone Standoff
Patty Aguilar | 14 February, 2018, 16:49

Iran's military presence in Syria is legitimate and based on the invitation of Damascus, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday, calling on USA forces to leave the country.

"[Even though] no Syrian in his right mind would side with Israel against his native Syria, [there are] millions of Syrians lining up with the blue devils [Israel] against the fascist sectarian [Assad] regime that has surpassed all the monsters on earth in killing Syrians", an anonymous Syrian asserted, according to Breitbart News.

Israel's Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz reportedly said on Sunday that his country sent a clear message to Iran by hitting key Iranian sites in Syria.

Despite militarily backing Assad's government for nearly three years, Russian Federation has allowed Israel freedom of movement in Syria's skies and a statement distributed by Netanyahu's office after their phone call on Saturday insisted that would continue.

"Iran will not step back and will not leave Syria as it is an important geostrategic ally after years of fighting and paying the price for saving it", he said.

With its enemies distracted, Israel is seizing the opportunity to act.

In a sense, Israel has demonstrated its desire to trigger an inter-state war as soon as possible, in order to turn the page of proxy wars. This would mean putting not only the Syrian conflict in deep freeze but also the Palestinian crisis on the back burner. Now the Syrian regime is dependent on Iran for its survival.

The only player in Syria with any kind of leverage over Iran is the Kremlin. "A lot of Arab youth are misled by these two evil regimes [Syria and Iran]". Many watchers in the region fail to see why the Iranians would purposefully draw the Israelis into a conflict they are now making progress in, especially since the Israeli's capability to completely derail the Russian and Iranian operations in the region isn't really in question. We must admit that they succeeded at that. One was lost during a clash with Iranian and Syrian forces.

The Israeli military said early assessments indicated the jet had been shot down by Syrian fire, but this was still unconfirmed.

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'We will continue to harm anyone who tries to harm us.

The U.S. claimed 100 of the attackers were killed in the strikes, which were countered by U.S. F-22 stealth jets, F-15 fighters and MQ-9 drones, as well as a U.S. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System. DW spoke with Middle East expert Gil Murciano about the conflict, and Germany's potential role as mediator.

The US, in pursuit of IS fighters, has mistakenly killed Syrian forces, and Russian Federation has accidentally struck US-backed forces. When Israelis saw the pictures of the destroyed plane, the internal Israeli front became stunned, frightened and confused.

"The al-Watan commentary stressed that Israelis are panicked by the shooting down of the plane". The Israelis also operate a mix of F-15C/D/I fighters.

The IDF had tracked the drone from its launch inside Syria, entering Israeli airspace at 4:50 a.m. local time Saturday. "Gen. Tomer Bar said was "the biggest and most significant attack the air force has conducted against Syrian air defenses since Operation Peace for the Galilee" in 1982 during the First Lebanon War".

The air force then launched a second wave of "large-scale" strikes, including against "four Iranian targets that are part of Iran's military establishment in Syria", an Israeli military statement said. Iran's military chief warned Israel last October against breaching Syrian airspace and territory.

The two pilots of one F-16 ejected before it crashed in the Galilee region in northern Israel.

He added, "This event is the first of its kind in tens of years. But I think it's really telling that after that happened, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and basically said 'I don't want escalation, '" according to Cohen. Rubin says Netanyahu is serious.

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