Trump must keep forces in Syria to block the route from Tehran to Beirut and to mediate between the Syrian Kurds and Turkey, Doran said. It made that clear in 2013, when it held back from military action and, more importantly, said that even if it had intervened it would only have been in a limited way. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi further stated, "The Israeli regime's aggression against Syria is a breach of this country's national sovereignty and territorial integrity and runs counter to all worldwide regulations and principles".
For his turn, the representative of Iran's Supreme Leader to the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Hojjat ol Eslam Ali Shirazi, warned against the consequences of Israel's "provocative behavior".
The Israeli military targeted an advanced Iranian air-defense system at the T4 base in Syria last week and not just attack drone deployment, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The installations could constitute potential targets for an Israeli response should Iran attack Israel.
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"The theory that Israel has is that these operations will embarrass the Russians to the point they will put pressure on the Iranians, which will inevitably create tension between the two", Doran said. But Suleimani may be overplaying his hand, especially if he finds himself in a direct confrontation with Israel in Syria, far from Iran, without air cover.
Iran works from five airfields in Syria, according to the report, citing intelligence officials. In fact, it is very unlikely that the war would still be raging if it were not for the interference of Iran. "Allowing Iran to strengthen itself in Syria is like accepting that the Iranians strangle us". By establishing a military base in Syria it opens a second front connected to the one it studiously developed in Lebanon by arming its proxy, the Hizbullah.
For a host of reasons that vary by country, the players in the Syrian war appear willing to tolerate Assad because they're unable or unwilling to force him out.
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"Israel will receive the required responses sooner or later", he said, adding, "They can not take (such) an action and be exempt from punishment".
"If US President Donald Trump makes good on his promise and tears up the deal, then a collision between Tehran and Tel-Aviv would become all the more real".
"Israel will react strongly to any Iranian action from inside Syria", a senior IDF source said, adding that Iran plans to attack Israel from Syria and gain control of the Arab state though its air force.
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In an unusual move, Iran's state-run media admitted that seven of its "soldiers" were killed in the April 9 strike.