Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Syria Strikes an 'Important Signal' to Iran

Israel: Iran drone intercepted in Feb was Strike Assignment Israel: Syria Strikes an 'Important Signal' to Iran
Deanna Wagner | 16 April, 2018, 04:14

By downing the craft, Israeli "combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out", the army said.

Israel said on Friday that an Iranian drone shot down in February by its air force had been fitted with explosives intended.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday over Iran's presence in Syria after Western strikes in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons and a recent attack attributed to Israel.

Syria, Iran and Russian Federation say Israel was behind an air strike on a Syrian air base on Monday that killed seven Iranian military personnel, something Israel has neither confirmed nor denied.

"This is unprecedented in seven years: that Israel directly targets Iran's Revolutionary Guards", Nasrallah said.

Netanyahu had previously expressed his "total support" for the strikes alongside other world leaders.

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"Syria and Russia are fighting a battle not only against terrorism, but also for protecting worldwide law ... based on respect for state sovereignty and the will of their people", Assad said at a meeting with members of Russia's ruling United Russia Party.

"A short time ago, I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad", Trump said in a primetime televised address to the nation.

The Syrian government, however, has repeatedly rejected the allegations as a fabrication by the rebels and their foreign supporters to justify military strikes on the Arab state.

Netanyahu warned that the Syrian government is endangering itself by giving Iran and its proxies a "forward base".

More broadly, they have voiced concern about Tehran fulfilling its ambition to establish a land corridor from Tehran through Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea, a corridor it could use to funnel fighters and transfer weapons to its allies Hizballah and Hamas.