The Syrian conflict approaches its seventh year, but the inhumanity is endless

by Garry Watts February 14, 2018, 17:46
The Syrian conflict approaches its seventh year, but the inhumanity is endless

"The nation is also more determined than ever to support the Islamic establishment in order to strengthen the country's defense and missile power", said Ahmad Vahidi, president of the Supreme National Defense University of Iran, according to the Tehran Times.

"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.

Said, Liberman, "They don't ask us for advice, and far be it from me to give them advice on how to run their security and foreign policies, but we are certainly quite satisfied by the back-up given to Israel from the U.S.".

On Saturday, Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane, an F-16 jet fighter, returning from a bombing raid on government-held positions in Syria. Its two crew members survived with non-life-threatening injuries and parachuted to safety.

On Saturday morning, an Iranian drone was flown into Israeli territory, near the Jordanian border, where it was shot down by an Apache attack helicopter.

Another said the pilots ejected "when they recognized that one of the missiles had locked onto their jet". The downing of the F-16 had rattled Israel, which while remaining defiant, appeared to be taking stock of this latest qualitative development.

Iran properly felt harsh military consequences for meddling with Israel this weekend - in a skirmish that could foreshadow growing regional conflict if Russian Federation doesn't move to rein in its allies in Syria.

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"To those who say 'if they hit us, we will respond with force, ' it is clear that they have never experienced the Ottoman slap", he said.

Sima Shine, formerly deputy director general for Iran at the Israeli ministry of strategic affairs, said the chain of events suggested Iranian military personnel in Syria may not have coordinated the drone operation with the political leadership in Tehran.

While the WaPo only took a few hours to update its story to correct the inaccurate claim that the Iranian drone was downed over Syrian territory, the SMH failed to follow suit.

They are vying for control of the Middle East in the wake of the Syrian civil war. Up to now, Israel has been trying to avoid direct confrontation on this level with the Iranians. The Iranians are intent on establishing military infrastructure-to include permanent bases, airfields, and naval bases, manned mainly by proxies (militias) that are already established in Syria and receive IRGC support, such as Hezbollah. Russian Federation made no mention of the initial incident which triggered the retaliation, the Iranian drone. In Iran, calls for Israel's destruction are routine, and support for militant groups in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip intentionally challenges Israel's security. "We agreed that coordination between our armies would continue", Netanyahu said in a televised statement. The crisis which erupted seven years ago as a domestic political unrest has turned into a devastating war in which regional powers such as Iran, Israel and Turkey, along with major global powers, the US and Russian Federation, are involved. Perhaps Turkey received mixed signals from Syria-and its allies in Iran and Russia-about the Kurdish problem?

For Russia, this means a revision of the recently failed meeting at Sochi.

Tensions ran high past weekend after a military standoff between Syria and its southern neighbor Israel, threatening to bring in new actors to a seven year-long civil war and in the wake of a gradually disappearing Islamic State (IS, or "ISIS").

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