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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.

Turkey agrees to temporary ceasefire in Syria

Friday, October 18, 2019

(October 17, 2019 / JNS) Turkey agreed on Thursday to a temporary ceasefire in northern Syria, where it has moved its forces in against the Kurds, who are still reeling from what they say is a betrayal by the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly withdrew military forces last week from the area. … Read More

Netanyahu appears to confirm Israeli missile fire at Syrian Golan

Friday, August 2, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to confirm on Thursday that Israel was behind a reported missile attack earlier in the day in the Quneitra region in Syria. “We’re defending ourselves at all times,” Netanyahu said at a national memorial ceremony for Ze’ev Jabotinsky, a Zionist thinker who is the intellectual forebear to Netanyahu’s present-day Likud … Read More

IDF on high alert along northern border following Syria strikes

Thursday, July 25, 2019

IDF forces deployed along the nation’s northern border were on high alert Thursday following airstrikes in southern Syria overnight Tuesday. According to the Syrian state news agency’s report, the country’s air-defense systems were activated against “hostile missiles” launched from the Israeli Golan Heights and Israeli aircraft west of Damascus. In addition, According to the report, … Read More

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