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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.

Israeli Airstrikes Reported Against Iranian Sites in Syria, Killing 7

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Suspected Israeli airstrikes late Tuesday in Syria killed at least seven people, including two Syrian soldiers and five pro-Iranian militia members, SANA and Britain-based watchdog said. Two soldiers were killed and four others wounded in the strikes in the southern province of Sweida, a Syrian military source cited by state media said. “Several hostile missiles were … Read More

Syrian Chemical Weapons Agency Sought Illicit WMD Tech in Germany

Friday, June 19, 2020

Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), an agency the US government says builds chemical weapons for the regime of Bashar Assad, made attempts last year to obtain illegal weapons of mass destruction technology in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. According to an eye-popping section reviewed by The Jerusalem Post in the new domestic intelligence … Read More

US Slaps Sweeping Sanctions on Syria in New Pressure Campaign

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The US introduced sanctions Wednesday against dozens of individuals in Syria, including Asma al-Assad, the powerful wife of the country’s President Bashar al-Assad. “We anticipate many more sanctions and we will not stop until Assad and his regime stop their needless, brutal war against the Syrian people,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a … Read More

Ahead of New Sanctions, US Pledges Assad Will Not Secure ‘Military Victory’

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The United States on Tuesday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he will never secure a full victory and must reach a political compromise, on the eve of stinging new sanctions. The war-torn nation has seen an intensifying economic crisis and on Wednesday the Caesar Act takes effect, a US law that targets companies that deal with … Read More

Drone Strike in Syria Kills Two Jihadist Leaders: Monitor

Monday, June 15, 2020

A drone attack in northwestern Syria killed two commanders of an al-Qaeda-affiliated group on Sunday, a war monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack on Syria’s last major rebel bastion of Idlib could have been carried out by the United States. But a spokesman for the US-led international coalition battling jihadists in … Read More

Report: Syria Strike Kills 5 Iran-Backed Militants

Monday, June 1, 2020

An air strike in eastern Syria on Sunday killed five non-Syrian fighters backed by Iran, a Britain-based war monitor said. The strike targeted three military vehicles belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary fighters near the Iraqi border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The monitor said that “Israel was likely responsible” for the attack near the … Read More

Report: Russia Building New Military Base in Northeast Syria

Monday, June 1, 2020

Russia is building a new military base in the Kurdish enclave in northeast Syria, a UK-based monitoring group reported today. Russian forces are making the base in Qeser Dib, a village outside of al-Malikiyah near the Turkish border. The troops installed radar and brought 12 armored vehicles to the area, according to the Syrian Observatory for … Read More

Operation Good Neighbor: Syrian Thanks Israel for Saving her Life

Monday, January 20, 2020

A viral story is drawing attention to Israel’s heroic efforts that saved thousands of Syrian refugees. Noam Shalev, an Israeli film producer, was recently vacationing in Sweden. While eating in a restaurant in Stockholm, he was served dinner by a young Arab waitress. When it was time to pay his bill, Shalev handed over his … Read More

Putin meets with Syria’s Assad with the Middle East on edge

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks Tuesday in Syria with the country’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, the Kremlin spokesman said, with the region nervously awaiting the next possible step in the U.S.-Iran showdown. Putin’s trip — which was not announced in advance — marked his first visit since 2017 to Syria, Moscow’s main Middle … Read More

Russian fighter jets hindered Israel from striking military base in Syria: report

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria but generally refrains from commenting on them Russian fighter jets hindered Israel’s air force from conducting strikes on a military base in Syria, a Russian outlet reported Monday. According to the report, Israeli planes seeking to attack the Syrian Air Force T-4 base located in the … Read More