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Middle East On High Alert As Iranian Drone Crosses Israeli Airspace And Triggers Attack On Syria

Saturday, February 10, 2018 17:46
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Israel launched attacks on Iranian and Syrian positions after it said Iran sent a military drone into its airspace Saturday, raising the prospect of further escalation over the Islamic Republic’s growing presence in Syria.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Middle East is on full alert tonight as an Iranian drone crossing Israeli airspace has triggered a cataclysm of military events including the shooting down of the drown, airstrikes on Syria, and a crashed Israel F-16. Various local military outbreaks are threatening to explode  in a full-on regional war. 

Israel struck 12 targets in Syria, including four Iranian targets, in a “large-scale attack” after the drone infiltration, the Israel Defense Forces said. An F-16 fighter plane crashed in northern Israel after coming under fire from Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, and the pilots were hospitalized with moderate to severe injuries.

Saturday’s confrontation, the most serious between the sides since the Syrian civil war began, comes amid Israeli warnings that it won’t let Syria become an Iranian base and will intercept weapons shipments bound for Iran-backed Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. Iran and allied militias have fought alongside government troops against rebels and Islamist factions in the seven-year-old Syrian war.

“The question is whether the Iranians will respond or lower the fire at this stage,” said Ephraim Kam, a senior researcher at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies. “My feeling is that they don’t have an interest in escalation.”

On Saturday night, after hours of consultations with the defense minister and military chief of staff, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the Iranian drone as a “brazen” attempt to violate Israel’s sovereignty, and said it was Israel’s “right and duty” to respond.

“Israel’s face is turned toward peace, but we will continue to defend ourselves with determination against any attack on us and against any Iranian attempt to base itself in Syria or anywhere else,” Netanyahu said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Iranian television Saturday that countries are mistaken if they think bombing their neighbors will bring good results, Reuters reported.

Israel has attacked inside Syria frequently since the civil war there began in March 2011, targeting Syrian military posts and arms shipments bound for Hezbollah. Until this weekend, counterstrikes by Syria and Hezbollah against Israel had caused little damage.

Israeli officials wouldn’t confirm if the F-16 had been downed by a Syrian missile, as teams combed the crash site for remains to analyze. Across the border the event was taken as a victory, with dozens of Lebanese celebrating and waving Hezbollah’s flag. 

The downing of the plane marks “the beginning of a new strategic stage that puts an end to violations of Syrian airspace and territory,” Hezbollah said in a statement. “Today’s formulas mean the old formulas have fallen.”

Israeli media reported that the drone was shot down near Beit Shean, close to the border with Jordan, after flying for about 90 seconds in Israeli airspace. Hadashot News reported the Israeli counterattack was believed to have destroyed a significant portion of Syria’s air-defense system.

Netanyahu has made a number of visits to Russia, the dominant player in Syria, to lay out Israel’s red lines and ask President Vladimir Putin to rein in Iran. Netanyahu said he spoke to Putin again Saturday, as well as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and that the Israeli and Russian militaries would continue their coordination to avoid inadvertent confrontation in Syria.

In a statement on its website Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it was concerned about the Israeli attack and said it was unacceptable to create threats to the safety of Russian military personnel in Syria.

Israeli politicians from across the spectrum largely backed the government’s response. Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, from Netanyahu’s Likud Party, said that after Israel’s repeated warnings on Iran in Syria — what he called a “yellow card” for the Islamic Republic — Saturday’s strike represented a “red card.” Tzipi Livni of the opposition Zionist Union faction said the government must do more to build international backing for Israeli attacks in Syria.

“What we’re watching is an attempt by the Iranians to shape the situation in Syria as we approach the end of the civil war in a way that serves Iranian interests,” said Yossi Kuperwasser, former director general of Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry and now a senior fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Israel “showed how determined it is not to allow Iran to have the Middle East the way it wants it.”

A statement attributed to a war operations room that includes the Syrian army and allied militias said the Israeli strike targeted a drone base in the Tayfour military airbase, calling claims that the drone entered Israeli airspace “lies.” It said the drones collect information on militant groups, including Islamic State, for the Syrian army, and said the drone was on a routine mission Saturday morning targeting Islamic State remnants.

“Any new aggression will be met with a tough and serious response,” the statement said.

The current violence is the first direct engagement between Iran and Israel, said Sami Nader, head of the Beirut-based Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs.

“Before, it was done through proxies,” for example by the Syrian regime or the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, Nader said. “The risk is a direct confrontation between Israel and Iran that will encompass Syria and Lebanon.” source

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  • beLIEve

    YAWN….yet more LIE$ from the…..zioni$t “american”……fAR$E$ of evil……”apparently. :idea:

    QUOTE from the article above…..ISRAEL :lol: launched attacks on Iranian and Syrian positions after it :lol: SAID :lol: ….
    IRAN SENT a MILITARY DRONE INTO “it’$” airspace Saturday …….

    NOT TRUE …..according to the article linked below…… :idea:


    Over the last 5 days, THE SYRIAN ARMY under command of Maj. General Suhayl “Tiger” Al-Hassan, WAS ABLE TO LIBERATE 1,500 SQUARE MILES of TERRITORY in the formerly besieged pocket EXTENDING FROM SOUTHEAST KHANAASSIR in ALEPPO PROVINCE to WEST SINJAAR in IDLIB down to AL-Sa’AN in HAMA. THIS USED to be NUSRA TERRITORY. Much of the weaponry used by the SAA at these battles were weaponized drones flying out of central airbases like the one at Shu’ayraat. In addition to this, the SAA ALSO LIBERATED QASR bin WARDAAN and AL-MUSAYTIBA on FEBRUARY 8th FROM ISIS. :idea: :idea: YESTERDAY, the SAA SWEPT OVER BOTH NUSRA and ISIS :idea: LIBERATING 30 VILLAGES and TOWNS in HAMA.

    :idea: THIS kind of MOMENTUM CAUGHT the ZIONIST TERRORIST PLANNERS UNAWARES with radio traffic screaming out bloody murder from the terrorist rodents in the northwest of Syria.

    DECLARED it an…….”ABNORMAL kind of AGGRE$$ION :idea:

    According to my sources, the Zionists thought they had a free corridor in Lebanon and could fire their missiles at airbases in Syria with impunity. Some Zionist bombers even flew over Southern Syria where their pilots, if need be, could eject into friendly terrorist territory.

    The SYRIAN HIGH COMMAND had ALREADY BEEN GIVEN the OKAY by President Michel Aoun of LEBANON to FIRE at ZIONIST AIRCRAFT FLYING in LEBANESE AIRSPACE. When one F-16-S flew over South Lebanon and was detected by SAA radar, an S-300 was fired right at it and struck the jet dead on almost killing the two-rodent crew. The aircraft, due to its attitude and altitude, crashed into Occupied Palestine in the Galilee near the Arab town of Umm Al-Fahm. In addition to this, Zionist aircraft flying over the Hawraan in Syria, fired missiles at SAA bases but almost all the projectiles were intercepted and destroyed before they could reach their intended targets. Another bomber flew over Lebanon in an attack on Jamraayaa northwest of Damascus, but, the aircraft were only successful in delivering their bombs to areas surrounding the town. My source, Monzer, writes that another Zionist jet was struck by air defense missiles fired from Brigade 22 which is 3 kms north of Lake ‘Utayba. The news of that strike is still being investigated.

    It should be obvious that THE GAME HAS CHANGED.
    Tony Gratrex has sent me several articles about how the Zionist Apartheid State and the U.S. are now embarking on a new strategy with the same outworn end-logic. THE PLAN NOW is TO PREVENT SYRIA FROM BEING ABLE TO REBUILD ITSELF BY DENYING ACCESS to OIL and GAS FACILITIES. .

  • truthseeker4809

    If the drone was shot down, Israelis should show the drone wreckage for the proof. Just accusing someone doesn’t make it so.
    And the drone can be from any source than Iran if there was really a DRONE.

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