UK's Johnson Concerned At Iran's Role In Confrontation With Israel

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Both pilots ejected and were injured, one critically.

On Sunday, the White House issued a statement saying the USA supports Israel's "right to defend itself from the Iranian-backed Syrian and militia forces in southern Syria". Following which, military experts had analyzed the footage released by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) on Saturday night and said that the Iranian drone was called Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) whose design was based off a U.S. aerial vehicle. "Several people were wounded on both sides but as of now, there are no further casualties". Israel, Russia and Turkey all lost military aircraft during operations in Syria in the past week, and all three are now working at cross purposes. The language of "it said" and "claims" could lead readers to think that the matter is up for reasonable debate.

The United States, for its part, has expressed support of Israel's right to self-defense and has condemned Iranian activity in the region.

The Israeli military released grainy black and white footage of what it said was the drone's control vehicle in Syria being destroyed.

"We heard a big explosion and then sirens".

Flights at Tel Aviv's worldwide airport were briefly halted, but the area was quiet by mid-afternoon. "We are going one-on-one against the Syrians". And could the launch of the missile, or missiles, have taken place without prior knowledge of the Russians who practically control Syria's air defence system? The campaign against Iranian aggression must also be in Syria. It said others had posted photos of "trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel". It carried out about 12 strikes targeting Syrian army and Iranian sites in Syria before Syrian air defenses shot down an F-16, marking the first time an Israeli jet was downed since 1982. The IAF responded to the incursion by targeting the command center near Damascus where the drone was operated.

Iran, understandably, wants to be the key outside power player in Syria.

Thirteen different countries have bombed and invaded Syria since its civil war began, including the two biggest imperial powers-the U.S. and Russian Federation. Up to now, Israel has been trying to avoid direct confrontation on this level with the Iranians.

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Israel has repeatedly warned that it will not allow Iran to establish a military presence on its northern border for any future attacks on the Jewish state.

But yesterday, after the downing of the F-16, an official in the pro-Assad alliance said a "message" had been delivered to Israel.

David Halbfinger, Jerusalem bureau chief for the New York Times, writes that the February 10 clashes were not the end of possible hostilities; they were the beginning. It is, however, worth noting that Israel itself has violated Syrian sovereignty hundreds of times over the past two years, so Netanyahu's response could be termed what the Israelis call chutzpah. President Donald Trump, the leader of the US, Israel's long-time ally who is personally close to Netanyahu?

Iran, however, has rubbished the statements made by Israel and called it "ridiculous". As recently as a year ago, Russian Federation had military observers among the Kurdish YPG militias in Afrin.

Lebanon urged concerned countries to "rein in" Israel.

For the mullahs, Syria is a fundamental building block - in addition to Iraq and Lebanon - in Tehran's plans to cobble together a swath of power across the Middle East, spanning from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea.

There has been an uneasy stand-off since a ceasefire deal that followed another war in 1973, with United Nations observer forces manning a buffer zone between the two armies.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted a an Iranian drone that crossed into Israel's airspace from Syria- the IDF videotaped the intercept and subsequent destruction of the drone to prevent Iran from claiming it was a propaganda story.

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