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Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: State media

Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: State media

According to Daniel, Israel was bracing for a possible Iranian missile salvo or armed drone assault from Syria.

Israel withdrew its F-15 fighter jets from a joint exercise with the United States over concern about Iranian retaliatory strikes from Syria on Israel's northern border.

"Iran is transferring to Syria several combat methods under the pretense of delivering humanitarian aid", said an Israeli military official.

What both analysts agree on, however, is that the strikes serve as a reminder to the west's absolute rejection of Iran's presence in Syria and the threat it poses to Israel's security and existence. The target of the drone is still unclear.

Last week's missile strike was therefore the second go at the same target, but this time seemingly with intent to specifically hit the Iranians hard, as the source said.

These Israeli defense officials say there is zero chance Israel will make the same mistake it made in Lebanon - letting Hezbollah establish a large missile threat there - by letting Iran do so in Syria.

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At the time of the February incident, the IDF issued a press release that said in part, "Iran and the [Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' special unit] Quds Force for some time have been operating the T-4 Air Base in Syria next to Palmyra, with support from the Syrian military and with permission from the Syrian regime". We have no other option. But what should the US strategy toward Syria, which has been engaged in a civil war for years, be for the future?

Deputy Hezbollah leader Sheikh Naim Qassem echoed the threats from Tehran. The Israeli military alleges that the aircraft - an Iranian copy of a stealthy Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel - was armed with explosives and was meant to strike an Israeli village.

Yossi Kuperwasser, former director-general of Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs, said that conflict between the two countries is not necessarily inevitable. What they want to know, he said, was, "Is this going to allow Iran to threaten Jordan, to threaten Israel?" However, the confrontation would be a matter of life and death for Iran and its regime and, despite the Iranians escalating their rhetoric, it is clear Tehran is less excited about a direct military clash than Israel.

This would have been the first time Israel joined the Red Flag event, although it has participated in many other global war exercises together with the American air force.

Tel Aviv - In the U.S., President Trump declared a "mission accomplished" over the weekend after the U.S. and allies attacked a Syrian chemical weapons center in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack outside of Damascus. Israel can not really tolerate such a threat for very long time. Numerous nations with conflicting interests are operating in the country, and tensions are high.

The U.S., together with all the United Kingdom along with France, ran air strikes on Saturday in Syria to penalize the Assad regime to get an apparent chemical weapons attack from civilians.


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