Where's the Coverage? Iranian Drone Shot Down by Israel Was Armed

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian anti-aircraft defenses shot down missiles fired at the Syrian air base of Shayrat in Homs province late on Monday and another base northeast of the capital, Damascus, Syria's state television and pro-Iranian Hezbollah media said.

Israel claims Iran is also supplying the Lebanese Hezbollah militia-which has also been heavily involved in the fighting in Syria-with weapons and training.

Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said: "We don't comment on such reports".

But in general, Israel has stayed out of the Syrian war.

"This could prompt Iran, if it thought for a moment that it might not retaliate, that it now needs to", said Danny Yatom, a former Mossad director in an interview with Israel Army Radio. As Lieberman has asserted, "We will not allow Iranian consolidation in Syria".

Tehran is supportive of the group Hezbollah in the war-torn nation. If asked how Israel could convince the Russians to contain Iran's influence in Syria, Kupwerwasser charged that Moscow was not interested "in a direct confrontation", and the closer Iran moves to Israel's border, the likelier such a confrontation would be.

And keep in mind that this would be a second US attack.

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According to officials within Tehran's establishment, including military leaders, Iran is now in the process of putting together a response plan to deliver Israel a blow.

Russian Federation has a role to play, since it doesn't want its allies in Iran and Syria imperiled. In a press briefing, Kuperwasser told reporters that Israel and Iran are "in an ongoing armed conflict around Iranian aspiration to turn Syria into a base from which it can improve its capability to hit Israel".

Israel also has said that Iranians should stay away from the Jordanian border and that Syria should not become a permanent home to Iranian forces.

Undoubtedly Israel coordinated this attack with the United States military.

Noting the relationships he has built in recent years - such as in Latin American, Africa and Asia - Netanyahu said he is amazed at the appreciation and admiration world leaders have for Israel. Since the most likely anti-missile systems would be sea-based, USA naval forces would run the risk of themselves becoming a target for Iranian or Hezbollah missiles. Yet another possibility could be the above-noted Iranian-inspired coup against King Abdullah, which would itself be a preliminary to an all-out conflict with Israel. Trump, on the other hand, would not recognize a strategy if it ran him over - he is completely transactional.

Israel and Iran have seemed as if on a collision course lately. European states are still dealing with the large influx of Syrian refugees and want to see the war ended, the region stabilized and the refugee issue brought under control.

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