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Syria

The Syrian civil war between President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces, including ISIS, has been ongoing since 2011. Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia are all on the ground in Syria fighting to support the Syrian regime against ISIS and many other rebels. This confluence of several different enemies, some religious radicals and others secular, has produced a muddy conflict with no good possible outcomes. Israel, on Syria’s southern border, has stayed out of the war except for occasional targeted strikes when Israel’s security was threatened, and humanely treating those wounded in the conflict. On February 10, 2018, Iranian forces stationed in Syria invaded Israel’s air space with a drone, provoking Israel to respond by shooting the UAV out of the sky and attacking the vehicle on the ground in Syria operating the drone. During the course of Israel’s counterattack, Syrian anti-aircraft missiles shot down an Israeli F-16 and injured two pilots. The IDF responded by destroying 4 Syrian command posts and 8 Iranian command posts in Syria. This incident showed that Iran and its allies in Syria are spoiling for a fight with Israel.

Anti-aircraft missiles fired at Israel’s Hermon, fall inside Syria

Friday, June 7, 2019

Several anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Mount Hermon from Syria on Thursday, the second such incident in under a week. “IDF radars identified a number of anti-aircraft missiles fired from Syria,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit told The Jerusalem Post, adding that none fell in Israeli territory or posed a threat. The incident came just days … Read More

4 children of parents murdered in West Bank sue Syria, Iran in US federal court

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The four children of a couple who were killed by a Palestinian Hamas terror cell while driving in the West Bank have filed a $360 million civil damages wrongful death lawsuit against Iran and Syria in federal court in Washington. Eitam and Naama Henkin were killed on October 1, 2015, when the Palestinian attackers, who … Read More

Iranian FM heads to Syria, Turkey to discuss regional situation

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Damascus on Tuesday, according to the Iranian MEHR News Agency. The visit comes upon an official invitation from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a follow up on negotiations between the two countries on bilateral ties, including agreements made between Assad and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when … Read More

Satellite images show possible Iranian missile factory in Syria destroyed

Monday, April 15, 2019

Satellite images released by the Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI) on Sunday showed the complete destruction of a possible Iranian surface-to-surface missile factory in Syria’s Masyaf District, allegedly struck by Israel on Saturday. The main industrial structures were completely destroyed, including the main hangar and the adjacent three production hangers and buildings. The rest … Read More

Syria vows to recapture Golan from Israel ‘by all means’

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Syria will not shy away from using force to reconquer “every inch” of the Golan Heights, the country’s foreign minister threatened Thursday. “Syria will liberate the occupied Golan by all means and all choices are on the table,” Walid Muallem said at a press conference in Damascus alongside his Venezuelan counterpart. “US President Donald Trump’s … Read More

At least 7 killed in attack on Aleppo; Syria blames Israel – report

Thursday, March 28, 2019

At least seven Iranian-linked militia fighters are said to have been killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria’s Aleppo’s province, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Thursday. They form part of a wider Iranian-supported presence near Aleppo and have reportedly suffered casualties in previous airstrikes. The Syrian military Wednesday night that Israel … Read More

Syria seeks urgent Security Council meeting on US declaration on Golan

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Syria asked the United nations Security Council on Tuesday to hold an urgent meeting on the U.S. decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. U.S. President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Monday in which the United States recognized Israel’s 1981 annexation of the strategic plateau, despite UN resolutions that call for Israel’s withdrawal … Read More

Iran reviving maritime smuggling route to Syria using civilian firms

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

An analyst told i24NEWS exclusively on Tuesday that Iranian companies, sanctioned by the United States over ties to the Revolutionary Guards Corps, have recently begun unloading shipments at Syria’s Latakia port raising suspicions that the dormant maritime trade route is being revived and may be exploited for weapons smuggling. The Mediterranean sea port of Latakia … Read More

Syria vows to attack Israel unless it withdraws from the Golan Heights

Friday, March 8, 2019

Syria vowed to attack Israel unless it withdraws from the Golan Heights in an official warning given to head of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization [UNTSO) Kristin Lund by Syrian deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, World Israel News reported on Thursday. The warning might be a Syrian attempt to prevent official US recognition of … Read More

Syrian Observatory says war has killed more than half a million

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said on Monday about 511,000 people had been killed in the Syrian war since it began seven years ago. The Observatory, which tracks death tolls using a network of contacts inside Syria, said it had identified more than 350,000 of those killed, and the remainder … Read More