In the last few weeks alone, Turkey has clashed with Syrian Kurds and threatened a USA -controlled town in Syria; an Israeli fighter jet that was part of a response to an incursion into Israeli territory by an Iranian drone launched from Syria took Syrian anti-aircraft fire, forcing its two pilots to eject and parachute into Israeli territory; and us forces repelled an attack by Russian fighters, killing an unknown number of them that reports suggest could be in the hundreds. On Monday, Israeli military officials estimated that the strikes had wiped out about half of Syria's air force.
In attacking a manned Iranian facility in Syria, in broad daylight, while also destroying some 40 percent of Syrian air defense capabilities after its own aircraft was downed, Israel sent a clear message to Tehran, Damascus, and Moscow.
Israel has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Syrian armed forces and their allies since the civil war broke out in 2011.
A Pentagon spokeswoman said Wednesday's airstrikes were authorized only after forces loyal to the Assad regime, moving in a battalion-sized formation with artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars, fired about 25 rounds very near the headquarters of the USA -backed Syrian Defense Forces, which is opposed by the Assad government and Islamic State, in eastern Syria.
Iran does not recognize Israel and supports anti-Israeli militant groups such as the Palestinian Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah group. By sending the drone into Israeli airspace, the Iranians decided that the time had come to respond.
Russian Federation has its own interests in intervening in Syria, and has tried to douse the flames of war between the Iranian axis and Israel, since a wider war could undo Russia's efforts to keep Assad in power.
And now that the rebels have been defeated and the civil war is nearly over, what would be the cost and what would be the prospects of fighting a new and wider war? But once a country becomes the venue for broader worldwide conflict, resolution can become downright impossible. Iran and Syria shouldn't be pleased with this situation, but Israel should be. Not only did the drone bring devastating Israeli reprisals against Syria and embarrass Iran's ally Russia, it brought attacks on Russian-provided and possibly Russian-manned air defenses.
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With five world cup individual wins to her credit, Britcher is the all-time wins leader in US history for singles luge athletes. A tweet posted to Davis' Twitter account said the process by which Hamlin won the honor was executed "dishonorably".
It isn't news that Iran and Israel are at each other's throats. "A peace that helps ensure the region's security".
Israel is known to have close cooperation with Syrians on its border, with whom it coordinates the transfer of humanitarian aid into the war-racked country.
Describing Bashar al-Assad regime as "a front for Iran and Hezbollah", she also criticized Tehran for having the irresponsible behavior for the Middle East. The U.S. wanted to fight Islamic State, which demanded air support for whoever would do the work on the ground.
Iran broke the seal on its conflict with Israel last week.
On January 20, Turkey-backed Syrian rebels launched an offensive against Kurdish militia in the northwestern enclave.
Israeli security forces examine the remains of an F-16 Israeli war plane near the Israeli village of Harduf, Israel February 10, 2018.
As the Syrian civil war gradually lumbers on towards an expected but still out-of-reach end, the conflicting interests of state and non-state actors continue to poison the situation and push the end further away.