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Clash turns up Israel-Iran heat, but neither seeks war

UN officials Church leaders decry escalating situation in Syria Clash turns up Israel-Iran heat, but neither seeks war
Steven Clarke | 14 February, 2018, 17:47

Israel's military launched a "large-scale attack" after shooting down the infiltrating drone and struck Iranian targets deep in Syrian before one of its own jets was downed. But Russia, the major powerbroker in Syria, called for restraint, and urged parties to respect the country's sovereignty. By one account almost 20 Russian made missile were fired at Israeli planes.

The downing of an Israeli fighter jet this weekend by Syrian air defenses suggest yet another frontier in the conflict is opening up, risking a wider and possibly regional conflagration.

Alpher and others have noted that so far, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has behaved with admirable restraint as civil war has raged on his northern border, and Israel remains by far the mightiest military and strategic player in the region.

However, what would be the implications of Iranian capitulation to Israel's military strikes in Syria that seek to deter Tehran's resolve in the region?

Israel's information machine was in front of the military action [VIDEO] providing a punch-by-punch blow-including photos of its downed F-16-before anyone else could respond to its story. This prompted Israel to hit eight Syrian targets and four Iranian positions, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The U.S. policy in Syria has always been vague and often inconsistent. Last week, Russia intensified airstrikes in Idlib province after al-Qaida-linked militants brought down a Russian fighter jet. At least 2 million people live In Idlib, the largest area controlled by the opposition.

"Iran will not step back and will not leave Syria as it is an important geostrategic ally after years of fighting and paying the price for saving it", he said. Turkey is using Sunni rebels to fight the same Kurds.

So the question now is what happens next?

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Whatever the differences in goals and tactics of the imperialist and reactionary militaries intervening against Syria's people - which include the USA, its European NATO imperialist allies, Turkey, Israel and various reactionary sectarian militias - the people of Syria have the right to fight and to make their own alliances to preserve their independence and national sovereignty against any and all of these forces.

The Israeli warplane was hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire on its return from the bombing raid on Iranian targets in the early hours of Saturday. The next showdown will be crucial. This is particularly crucial for Iran as its regional foes have chosen to sit on the sidelines in terms of direct military action against Iran in Syria. Russian Federation will have a tough time constraining the Iranians in Syria.

The U.S. claimed 100 of the attackers were killed in the strikes, which were countered by U.S. F-22 stealth jets, F-15 fighters and MQ-9 drones, as well as a U.S. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

Russian Federation must collaborate to defuse a handful of flashpoints that could easily lead to a massive regional war.

Asked about the issue of Iran's influence in the region he asserted that the United States believes that the future of responding to the Islamic Republic's influence in Syria is through the political process.

Needless to say, the recent escalation of tensions is also due to United States President Donald Trump's administration.

"We will remain in Syria until ISIS is fully defeated and we are certain will not re-emerge". These lines will not be about the lasting political solution in Syria, we are not there yet. Who cares if they die?

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