Syria on Wednesday repelled Israeli surveillance planes that breached its southern border, state media reported, days after an Israeli fighter jet was downed during raids on the war-torn country.
The February 10, 2018 Israeli Air Force operation against Syrian-Iranian military targets has reinforced the legacy of the late Senator Daniel Inouye, who was the Chairman of the full Appropriations Committee and its Defense Subcommittee.
On Tuesday, a senior official from the Assad regime warned Israel that it would face "surprises" if it carries out any strikes on Syria, and that Israel was gravely mistaken if it thinks the Syrian army is not capable of defending the country.
U.S. foe Iran and regional militias it backs, including Lebanon's Hezbollah, have played a key role in propping up leader Bashar al-Assad, heightening fears over Tehran's spreading influence. Iran had inaugurated the foreign interventions when it dispatched "pilgrims", "technical advisers" and then militias to bolster Bashar Al Assad's regime since the early months of the violence.
On Saturday morning, Iran sent a drone into Israeli airspace and Israel shot it down.
Israel has always been anxious about Iran's activities and growing influence in the region, especially Syria.
The U.S.'s earlier hands-off approach also paved the way for Russian Federation to return to the Middle East with new strategic bases in Syria.More news: Japanese Saito tests positive in first doping case in Winter Olympics
Since starting in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests, the war has evolved into a complex conflict involving global powers and jihadists.
Israel responded to the incursion by sending eight F-16s into Syria to destroy the drone's command and control center. It's no wonder that Iran has come into conflict in these areas with Israel, which is considered a regional power that has developed capabilities to neutralize threats from thousands of kilometers away. The meeting dealt with Israeli concerns, very exaggerated, over what the Israelis see as the expansion of Iranian military presence in Syria in the future, once the guns fall silent. The active role that Hezbollah has played in training and fighting with the Syrian forces also have them prepared for a potential conflict with Israel.
"The Pentagon and State Department have already condemned Iran and thrown their support behind Israel".
Bibi and the FDD want to see US power deployed alongside that of Israel, against Iran, Assad and Hezbollah.
"As Syria enters a risky and much more volatile phase, it's going to be characterized by key stakeholders seeking to stake their hold on the ground, ensure their interests are protected", Mona Yacoubian, the senior adviser for Syria, the Middle East, and North Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace, told me. The U.S. wanted to fight Islamic State, which demanded air support for whoever would do the work on the ground.
During this same period, while Americans were supporting various rebel groups, the Kurds emerged among the most capable fighting forces in the conflict, but remained a source of mortal fear for Turkey, which had fought a decades-long Kurdish insurgency on its own side of the Syrian border.
By noon it was all over, each side licking its wounds, and refraining from further escalation, in part because of discreet conciliatory messages passed between Israel and Syria by Russian Federation. Following the incident, Israel has steadily enhanced its air campaign in Syria against what it calls "Iranian targets".