Of late, an Israeli F16 was shot down by Syria after destroying a "mobile trailer" that is alleged to have launched an Iranian drone into Israel's airspace. Putin may look to quell the situation himself rather than have the USA get more heavily involved in a region that, in recent years, Russia, along with Iran, has tended to dominate.
Israel's information machine was in front of the military action [VIDEO] providing a punch-by-punch blow-including photos of its downed F-16-before anyone else could respond to its story. One pilot was seriously wounded and the other lightly.
Iran's continued political influence over the Assad government has been a major concern for Israel. On Feb. 10, an Iranian drone crossed into Israeli territory and was shot down.
Israel released footage of the moment its forces downed the drone, but the deputy commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami declined to confirm the report. -Gen. Ronen Manelis, said in a special statement.
The Iranian is an online magazine for those who care deeply about all things Iranian: identity, culture, music, history, politics, literature, and one another. The incident was sparked by what Israel said was an Iranian drone infiltrating its air space.
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The reaction was in response to U.S. forces saying they were attacked by pro-Assad Syrian soldiers.
But Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said this weekend that the Israeli claims were "too ridiculous to be addressed". Israel's defense system alarms in northern Israel were supposedly triggered after a reconnaissance drone encroached on Israeli airspace, leading the Israeli air force to attack. Syria suggested the attacks were aggression rather than protection because paid a heavy military cost.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday broke his silence on the weekend's aerial clashes with Syria and Iran, saying Israel will "respond to any provocation" and will "not accept any limitations" from Russian Federation on its goal of protecting Israeli citizens.
The crisis in Syria continues and, as of today, every player involved realizes that the struggle can not go on forever through proxy wars fought by non-state actors.
Lt. Col. Daniel Davis provides insight into the situation. However, the shooting down of the Israeli jet is not an ordinary incident. Because the worldwide circumstances will not allow neither Israel nor Iran to change radically the regional balance of power as they like it.
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However, his comments were quickly met with condemnation by a senior Iranian official who said the forces were "legitimate" and at the invitation of Syria.
"It's unclear to me if Iran is really calling the shots here", said Blumenthal.
Israel will do everything necessary to prevent Iran from consolidating themselves in Syria, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Wednesday.
Israel retaliated with airstrikes deep within Syrian territory. Hezbollah, which has sent thousands of fighters to back the troops of Syrian President Bashar al- Assad, said the developments mean "a decisive end to old arrangements".
To demonstrate that the "rules" had not changed, Israel was quick to re-establish its right to strike immediately following the downing of the F-16.
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For the mullahs, Syria is a fundamental building block - in addition to Iraq and Lebanon - in Tehran's plans to cobble together a swath of power across the Middle East, spanning from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea.