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Why the U.S. can't afford to cede control of Syria

14 February 2018

"Iran is also fighting us through their proxies: Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and now Hamas and of course the Syrian regime.Therefore it is a daily war not only in the military aspect but also in the realm of global terrorism and we do everything in order to preserve Israel's security", he continued, adding that Israel maintains absolute freedom of action. The visit came after the weekend's incident, in which an Iranian drone was detected over Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights. Also, a couple of Israeli jets were downed by Iran.

He added, "This event is the first of its kind in tens of years".

Tehran denied any involvement in the drone penetration claim made by Israel.

"It was an Iranian copy of a United States drone that they got hold of a few years ago and they duplicated", Steinitz told Israeli radio. An Israel jet crashed after being shot at by Syrian anti-aircraft fire. It's not yet known what exactly the Iranians had planned with the drone; Iran is claiming that it was related to self-defense.

"We do not confirm any reports coming from Israel because Israelis are liars. We acted with determination and with responsibility", Liberman said.

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Following the attack Israel hit back saying that it would respond to "every provocation".

"Iran is in Syria legitimately and based on the invitation of the Syrian government".

In the incident on Saturday morning, an Iranian drone allegedly crossed into Israeli territory where it was promptly shot down by an IDF helicopter. But he argues that Israel alone can not stop Iran. In Lebanon alone we have 1.5 million refugees who, in case of a war, might be knocking on Europe's doors. In response to the drone incursion, Israeli jets attacked the mobile command center from which it was operated, the army said.

"We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us", he told his Cabinet. He went on to say "Syria, Iran and Russian Federation would appear to have little interest now in getting into a full-blown conflict with Israel".

No one debates a country's right to defend itself. Is Syria going to become an arena of open confrontation between Israel and Iran?

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Israel has routinely voiced concerns over Iran's alleged plans to establish missile-producing plants and military bases inside Syria, expanding its sphere of influence throughout the Middle East and increasing what it believes to be a threat to the Jewish state's existence. Still, fighting terrorism may lead to confronting Iran.

"By Allah's favor and grace, nothing called the Zionist regime will exist by 25 years from now".

Moreover, in recent months Iranian policy - suspending patrol boat harassment of US warships - appears crafted to ease tensions and provide no new causes for Trump to abandon the nuclear deal Prime Minister Hassan Rouhani regards as his legacy.

Iran's relations with neighboring and regional states have always been based on interaction and collaborations, he added. While Trump campaigned on taking a tougher stance towards Iran and tearing up the nuclear deal, in practice he has imposed "sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps" and offered an "uncompromising indictment of the nature of the Iranian regime at the United Nations, but he has not reversed the nuclear deal or taken significant action to roll back Iran's expansionism".

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The attack helicopter came down near Qaddah village, in Syria, where Turkey is carrying out an offensive against Kurdish fighters. Mr Erdoğan who spoke on Saturday in Istanbul did not disclose the name of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG.

The IAF estimates that the Syrians were successful in downing the F-16 jet as a result of a technical issue in which the proper defense systems in the warplane were not activated.

Why the U.S. can't afford to cede control of Syria