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Israeli Jet Downing Ends Air Raids on Syria: Strategist

14 February 2018, 05:48 | Bernice Figueroa

Who's Fighting Whom in Syria?

Syria threatens to respond any future Israeli aggression

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned on Tuesday that Tel Aviv will react to any "provocation" in the north, just few days after Syria downed an Israeli F16 fighter jet which was carrying air strikes in the Arab country. Is Syria going to become an arena of open confrontation between Israel and Iran?

The drone Iran launched was based off a US model the Islamic Republic captured during the Obama administration, according to Israeli officials.

All of this points to further conflicts between Israel and Iran's Shia crescent, with the USA being notably missing in the conflict as they focus on exterminating the remnants of ISIS. Gen. Ronen Manelis, said in a statement.

An Israeli fighter jet was downed by anti-aircraft fire this weekend in Syria. Its two crew members survived with non-life-threatening injuries and parachuted to safety. On Saturday, Kurdish forces shot down a Turkish attack helicopter, the first officially confirmed loss of a Turkish aircraft over Syria. Pilots of one of the fighter jets recognized antiaircraft missiles locking onto their plane, prompting them to eject, Ynet news reported.

It was also the first downing of an Israeli warplane by enemy fire since that conflict.

Speaking from the sprawling Zaatari Refugee Camp housing 80,000 Syrians near Jordan's border with Syria, the head of the United Nations refugee agency condemned the recent Israeli-Iranian confrontation over Syria, which threatens to open a new and unpredictable front in the war.

"Yesterday we landed hard blows on the forces of Iran and Syria".

Firstly, as the Syrian civil war comes to a close, Iran has the opportunity to play a current and future role in Assad's national security apparatus in which it can establish itself as a legitimate regional security partner. Moreover, even if war starts between Israel and Iran, these two will not be able to dictate the outcome of the Syrian crisis, and they know it.

In a sense, Israel has demonstrated its desire to trigger an inter-state war as soon as possible, in order to turn the page of proxy wars. Hezbollah soldiers have been fighting alongside Iranian troops and Shia militias that back Syrian President Bashar along with Bashar's army. But he argues that Israel alone can not stop Iran. Brigadier General Hossein Salami of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps said his forces could create "hell for the Zionists", while the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern that Israeli involvement could throw the fragile Syrian peace process into jeopardy.

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. Never mind these new members of Turkey's Free Syrian Army are the very terrorists Iraq, Syria, Kurds, the various Arab militia, Russian Federation and the United States have been fighting for at least seven years. 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.

For instance, supposed allies the United States and Turkey are trading threats over northern Syria.

On Tuesday, Russia's foreign minister accused the US of trying to create a quasi-state in eastern Syria.

Tensions ran high past weekend after a military standoff between Syria and its southern neighbor Israel, threatening to bring in new actors to a seven year-long civil war and in the wake of a gradually disappearing Islamic State (IS, or "ISIS").

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