Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashes under Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Israel is dissatisfied by the current situation, because it believes no matter the outcome of the Syrian crisis, Iran will benefit from it. Is Syria going to become an arena of open confrontation between Israel and Iran? Former President Barack Obama's disastrous handling of Syria is a prime cause for the chaos roiling the country now, and a big reason why Russian Federation assumed dominance in the war-torn nation. According to Channel Two, the IDF destroyed about half of Syria's air power in the counterattack.
American interests may or may not be served by Israeli intervention.
In the northwest, Turkey has sent its Syrian allies to attack Afrin, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened Manbij, 80 miles to the east, where USA troops commingle with the Kurd defenders, and us generals were visible last week. "Claims about the flight of an Iranian drone are too ridiculous to be addressed because the Islamic Republic of Iran has an advisory presence in Syria at the request of the country's legitimate and constitutional government", Bahram Qassemi, a spokesperson from the Iranian Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by the Tehran Times.
"If Israel would have proactively struck at the targets that were hit yesterday - regardless of the UAV - the ground would have shook", Israel's national security expert added. From the Israeli point of view the question is not whether there will be a next round, but when it will arise.
The minister blasted the Syrian army and Hezbollah for simply doing Iran's bidding as the two arch enemies square up to each other once again. "The U.S. continues to push back on the totality of Iran's malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability".
They are vying for control of the Middle East in the wake of the Syrian civil war.
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But if Shiffrin isn't at the top of her game on Wednesday there are no shortage of quality challengers ready to swoop for gold. As of now, she would have zero days in between, racing three days in a row from Thursday through Saturday.
Iran's involvement in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad in a almost seven-year-old civil war - including the deployment of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights - has alarmed Israel, which has said it would counter any threat.
It often seems that Iran and the Syrian regime are speaking the same narrative. Beneath the surface, though, lies endless possibilities of miscalculation and future vulnerabilities, including to those opposed to the regime, as we have seen repeatedly over the past seven years. In addition to the tactical success of downing the Israeli jet, Iran and Syria will use this feat for propaganda. The Syrians were effective in blocking these Iranian attempts.
Besides Hezbollah, Iran has also mobilized its Revolutionary Guard as well as Iraqi and Afghan Shia militia, in a bid to consolidate a Shia Arab axis and land bridge from the Zagros Mountains to the Mediterranean. The Russians are trying to contain Iranian influence as well. Their main interest here is to keep on building the independent capacities of the Assad regime. This will only garner them more support from the rest of the Muslim world. So far, the Russians have been able to sustain the friction between those sides. An IDF press release said it hit eight Syrian targets, including three aerial defense batteries, and four Iranian positions that it characterized as "part of Iran's military entrenchment in Syria". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA is committed to keeping a military presence in Syria to make sure IS does not regain a foothold.
"Most of the wars in the Middle East have been the result of unintended developments", columnist Nahum Barnea wrote in Israeli paper Yediot Aharanot.
The U.S. policy in Syria has always been vague and often inconsistent.
Are there options for the Europeans to mediate? The shockwave of a third war in this region would have an impact over the Mediterranean.