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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.

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

Netanyahu in Moscow tells Putin Israel will continue hitting Iran in Syria

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel will continue to take action against Iran in Syria, in the first significant meeting between the two since a major spat developed over a downed spy plane last year. “The greatest threat to stability and security in the region comes from Iran and its proxies,” … Read More

Top Russian official says ‘Israeli attacks in Syrian territory must be stopped’

Friday, February 8, 2019

Russian deputy foreign minister urged Israel to stop carrying out attacks on Syrian sovereign territory linking such incidents to an ongoing destabilization of the war-torn country, Sputnik news reported on Friday. “With regard to the latest Israeli attacks, we said that such arbitrary attacks on sovereign Syrian territory should be stopped and excluded,” Russian Deputy … Read More

After Syria threatens Ben Gurion Airport, Iron Dome deployed in greater Tel Aviv

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Israeli military deployed Iron Dome missile defense systems in central and southern Israel in recent days, amid escalating tensions both in Syria and in the Gaza Strip. A battery was deployed in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, and others were positioned in the south, the army said Thursday. In addition, a small number of … Read More