Israeli-Iranian War Looms in Syrian Mayhem

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However, Israel and Syria have both signalled they are not seeking wider conflict and on Sunday their frontier was calm, though Netanyahu struck a defiant tone on Sunday in remarks to his Cabinet broadcast by Israeli media.

The Israeli military announced its warplanes hit 12 targets after the drone infiltrated its airspace.

Israeli authorities said the drone, operated by Iran from a base inside Syria, traveled 3 or 4 miles into its territory early Saturday before being shot down. Likewise, developments and conflicts in Syria influence the surrounding countries - Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The drone was shot down and eight jets dispatched to wreak revenge, one of which, a US-supplied F-16, was shot down on its way back.

"We heard a big explosion and then sirens".

"This is not the first time that Syria has launched missiles at Israel Air Force planes", Katz reminded the Saudi Arabian London-based newspaper, the Elaph, according to INN.

Flights at Tel Aviv's worldwide airport were briefly halted, but the area was quiet by mid-afternoon. "Those who have to leave Syria are the ones who have not been permitted by the Syrian government", said Ali Akbar Velayati, the Head of the Strategic Research Center of Iran's Expediency Council, on Wednesday. At 5:34 a.m., IAF jets launched an assault against Iranian targets in Syria including three aerial defense batteries. This turned out to be the largest Israeli attack on targets in Syria since the civil war began in 2010. But the real issue from the Israeli point of view is the changing power between Iran and its host, the Syrian regime of [President Bashar al-Assad].

The statement said such "aggressive policy" threatened stability in the region and went on to urge concerned countries to "rein in" Israel. The two Israeli pilots ejected from the F-16 jet when it came under Syrian anti-aircraft fire and suffered only minor injuries. Israel, which also operates drones, has long maintained air superiority in the region.

That's the reason Israel stepped up its air attacks on February 10, focusing on what it called "Iranian bases", and why the United States has announced it will maintain and increase its troop levels in Syria.

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Iranian and Iran-backed Shi'ite forces, including Hezbollah, have deployed widely in Syria in support of Assad.

"This weekend, Iran committed an unprecedented, blatant act of aggression against our close friend and ally, Israel".

"Is Iran's reliance on Syria already a fact on the ground", the defense minister was asked by one of the journalists, and replied, "We will talk less and do what is necessary, and you will continue to deal with the interpretation". After all, if the drone had not been over Israeli airspace, it would have been far harder for Israel to justify its actions.

Last week, Iran announced that it was producing a drone that carries precision-guided bombs, the Islamic Republic's military leaders said, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

"The new phase in the Syrian conflict makes the anti-ISIS war look like a stroll in the park".

Tensions have also spiked across the frontier between Israel and Lebanon over Israeli plans for a border wall, and Lebanese plans to exploit an offshore energy block which is partly located in disputed waters.

"Iran's calculated escalation of threat, and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the region-from Yemen to Lebanon-at risk", she added.

They've all learned - Russian Federation from Afghanistan, Iran from the Iran-Iraq war, Israel from south Lebanon, and the US from Iraq and Afghanistan - that their publics will not tolerate large numbers of body bags fighting any ground war in the Middle East.

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