Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Shot-down Iranian drone was copy of USA craft

Shot-down Iranian drone was copy of USA craft

Hezbollah, which has sent thousands of fighters to back the troops of Syrian President Bashar al- Assad, said the developments mean "a decisive end to old arrangements".

"We've moved a step closer", he said. In the meantime, millions of innocent Syrians had to leave their homes, and even their country, becoming refugees - without forgetting hundreds of thousands of those who lost their lives.

Speaking in Jordan today, the US Secretary of State said Iran and Iran-backed forces should withdraw from the war-torn nation over concerns from Washington about a recent confrontation between Tehran and Israel. -Gen. Ronen Manelis, said in a special statement. On Saturday, Israel's military said it shot down an Iranian drone that took off from a base in Syria and infiltrated Israeli airspace.

Whatever the case, to suggest that the drone, whatever its providence, wherever its final demise, was the spark to conflagration is to ignore the 100 bombings or so Israel has acknowledged carrying out in Syria since 2011, or those that go back long before Syria's own conflict began. Two of the most memorable foreign policy moves by Trump were the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and the $350 billion (largest in US history) arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

But considering this weekend's drone incursion, it could be just the opening salvo of conflicts to come from an emboldened Tehran - meaning now would be a good time to assemble a coalition to pre-empt Iranian expansionism. It said the station was hit while drones were on regular missions in the country's desert in Homs province. After all, if the drone had not been over Israeli airspace, it would have been far harder for Israel to justify its actions.

Iran's growing threat to Israel in southern Syria notwithstanding, Saturday's incident may have been Moscow's way of sending a stern message to Washington. Subsequent attacks were carried out against four additional Iranian targets and eight Syrian sites.

Meanwhile, Israeli planes continued their attack on Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria. The point is, involved players seem to be ready to engage in an inter-state war, rather than pursuing their goals through local proxies.

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The military says it is "ready for various scenarios and will continue to act according to situation assessments".

While seemingly running against the grain of Iran's modern strategic culture for basing its forces overseas, the prospect of Tehran militarizing parts of Syria or Lebanon long-term is deeply alarming - to say the least. It said others had posted photos of "trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel".

But, he argues, it is not in Israel's interest to escalate the conflict.

Israel did not declare that the F-16 was brought down by "enemy" fire.

Imperialist wars in the Middle East are responsible for the hell in Syria.

Has President Trump thought through where we are going with this deepening commitment in Syria, where we have only 2,000 troops and no allies but the Kurds, while on the other side is the Syrian army, Hezbollah, Russia and Iran, and Shiite militias from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan? It cited unconfirmed reports of casualties among Syrian government forces and allied militiamen. According to Reuters of February 10, quoting a former commander of Israel's air force, this was the first time an Israeli F-16 had been shot down since the 1980s.

The two pilots of one F-16 ejected before it crashed in the Galilee region in northern Israel.

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