Iran and Israel are shooting at each other in Syria. Why?
15 May, 2018, 13:25 | Author: Brenda Erickson
On Thursday, in response to the Golan Heights attack, Israel said its fighter jets had struck nearly all of Iran's military infrastructure inside Syria - some 70 targets - in its biggest assault since Syria's civil war started in 2011.
Israel should "strike while the iron is hot" to curtail Iran's military expansionism in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, Galant, a member of the high-level security cabinet, said.
An image grab from a video broadcast on Syria's official TV purportedly shows Syrian air defence systems intercepting Israeli missiles over Syrian airspace.
He said that it was a mistake to think that Thursday morning's attacks on the Iranian bases had completely solved the problem, but that the army was ready for anything and would continue to do whatever necessary to ensure Israel is secure.
Israel has carried out scores of air strikes against suspected shipments.
A defiant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Iran had "crossed a red line" and Israel's action "was a consequence" of that.
In separate strike late Tuesday, a military outpost near the capital Damascus was hit with missiles fired from Israel, the Syrian government said.
At the same time, the government said it has tasked the president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran with "taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions, using the results of the latest research and development of Iran's courageous nuclear scientists".
"Whatever happens in Syria happens under the command of the Syrians", said analyst Mohammad Marandi, who was part of Iran's negotiation team leading up to the nuclear deal.
Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Iran has played a bigger and bigger role backing the government of Bashar al-Assad by sending thousands of fighters and military advisers. Iran's presence in Syria is no match for Israel's powerful military, and Iran's hopes of salvaging the deal and appearing moderate on the world stage may further hinder its ability to strike back.
Cannes Film Festival bosses sign gender equality pledge
We WILL DEMAND that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so that they can best reflect the world in which we actually live. The pledge was drawn up by the French gender equality group 50/50 en 2020, along with members of the Time's Up movement.
Iranian state television announced the Israeli strikes, sourcing the information to Syria's state-run SANA news agency, and described the Israeli attack as "unprecedented".
Analysts say Israel feels it has a inexperienced mild from Washington to maneuver extra aggressively towards Iran's presence in Syria, significantly after Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal.
Israel says it has conducted dozens of operations in Syria to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to one of its main foes, Iran-backed Hezbollah. The government said the US pullout damages USA credibility on the world stage and the credibility of accords the USA has signed, and puts "the present system of global law in serious danger".
Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said Iran had obtained a letter sent by Mr Trump to Arab allies demanding that they do more for the United States in return for America's military presence in the Middle East. [Israel's] attacks on Syria.
Last month, an attack on Syria's T4 air base in the central Homs province killed seven Iranian military personnel. Soleimani is the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds expeditionary force which is fighting in both Iraq and Syria.
How will Iran sanctions affect business?
The Kremlin says that Russian Federation and its ex-Soviet allies will sign a free trade pact with Iran.
Trump said the 2015 nuclear deal that allowed for the lifting of sanctions wasn't tough enough on Iran.
The sanctions issue has added to tensions between the USA and its European allies over the nuclear deal.
In a statement, the U.S. administration called the missile attacks "provocative" and added: "We strongly support Israel's right to act in self defence".
Ever since the Korean war (1950-53), the Communist dictatorship of North Korea has exemplified the horrors of that creed. Yet, in spite of that, the date and location weren't finalized until Pompeo had met with North Koreans.
Domino is the character I could have watched a ton more of, and I hope her role gets expanded in further films. At the same time, though, this movie's got much more of a sense of brand synergy than the first one had.
That was one of five meeting records broken, while there were also eight world leads set at the Shanghai stadium. Birhanu Balew of Bahrain (13:09.64) won the race, with American Paul Chelimo (13:09.66) in second.
Zaha broke the deadlock for Palace in the 70th minute and Patrick van Aanholt secured the three points shortly thereafter. Palace waltzed their way towards another hard-fought victory in the final stages of the game.
Those in Eldoret will part with Sh109.05 per litre of super petrol, Sh100.72 for diesel and Sh80.12 for kerosene. Petrol prices went up by 17 paise in Delhi and Mumbai and by 18 paise a litre Kolkata and Chennai .
It will be a first role in worldwide management for Mancini, who has left Russian club Zenit St Petersburg to take up the post. The FIGC said it had "concluded an agreement with Roberto Mancini who will hold the position of coach of the national team".
Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after being sentenced to death. In an interview with Dawn , Sharif questioned why his country had not been able to complete the trial in the case yet.
On Sunday, the UAE's oil minister also said that any oil shortages due to Iran sanctions could be filled by the country. Our per capita energy consumption is very modest which will increase in the coming years.
You can stream Episode 17: Top 5 anytime on ABC.com or the ABC app , but here are some highlights you won't want to miss. American Idol is scheduled to return for part one of its finale May 20 at 8 p.m.
Old man Rooney head for DC United shift
Allardyce said. "Because if they don't play well you can't select them and if they do play well then they stay in the team. The former England manager has had a troubled relationship with Everton fans, who are unhappy at his style of play.
Indonesian family that bombed churches well off, friendly
Although considered Indonesia's largest pro-IS coalition, JAD's structure and links to the worldwide terror network are murky. Later in the day, police said another family attempted to carry out an attack the Surabaya suburb of Sidoarjo.
Lenovo Z5 teaser shows no bezels and no screen notch
These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Asian Age and/or other staff and contributors to this website. According to the teasers by Cheng, we can expect this new Z5 phone more likely to be the new flagship device and not a concept.
Fiery cleric, paramilitary leader surge in Iraqi polls
Sadr has led two uprisings against USA forces in Iraq and is one of the few Shia leaders to distance himself from Iran . A Pentagon spokesman told Eric Pahon that the US government does not support any particular Iraqi candidate or party.
Flags set to Fly at Half Staff to Honor Law Enforcement
Greg Abbott held a ceremony for the state's fallen peace officers the week prior. "It's very troubling, we are a big state". Providing a means for individuals, businesses, and communities to express their appreciation for law enforcement officers.