Is the US Setting up an Alternative Government in Syria?

Lucy Bush
February 14, 2018

Saturday's chain of events began at 4:30am when an Israeli Apache helicopter shot down an Iranian drone over the northern town of Beit Shean. Israeli military spokesman declined to comment on that report, saying the investigation was ongoing.

Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a USA drone that fell into Iran's hands, intruded briefly into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights, and was shot down by an Apache helicopter.

Israel also made it loud and clear that it had no intention of letting Iran get away with its ongoing war games that are meant to make the Jewish State out to be the aggressor - as the Islamic regime has done via its jihadist terror group, Hezbollah, in Syria and Lebanon, as well as amongst the Palestinians in Israel's West Bank and Gaza Strip. Subsequent attacks were carried out against four additional Iranian targets and eight Syrian sites.

During the air operation an Israeli F16 was shot down by intense Syrian antiaircraft missile fire.

Combustible elements to ignite an Israeli-Iranian war are now in place in Syria.

Other councils were set up in Syria long before the USA established a military presence in the country. The Israeli military then launched another series of airstrikes, which a leading commander said was Israel's largest such operation since the 1982 Lebanese campaign.

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Israel has shown resolve in blocking Iran where possible, and last weekend's attack is case in point. Loss of F-16 was confirmed by Israeli authorities. DW spoke with Middle East expert Gil Murciano about the conflict, and Germany's potential role as mediator. "All worldwide & regional actors interested in stabilizing the region should work together to counter Iran, prevent it from basing itself in Syria and stop its support of Hezbollah".

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The pilot and navigator in the downed F-16 were able to survive due to ejecting from the jet before the anti-aircraft missile struck the jet. Israel is not the only country to have military aircraft shot down by enemy fire in Syria recently.

In the meantime, Al-Monitor reported (January 18, 2018) that, "Turkey's army chief Hulusi Akar and head of national intelligence Hakan Fidan flew to Moscow today to hold talks on Syria and, as many commentators speculated, to secure Russia's blessing for a planned Turkish offensive against the Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin".

The military says it has the drone in its possession.

The TV broadcaster said sounds of explosions were heard Saturday in Reef Damascus province, near the capital.

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The Turkish campaign has strained relations between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Ankara and Washington, which has partnered with the Syrian Kurds in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Nor, contra to what The Post's language implied, is Israel alone in asserting that an Iranian drone entered Israeli air space. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson issued a statement saying the United Kingdom is "concerned at developments over Israel's border with Syria this weekend".

Israel called the new escalation "severe violation of Israeli sovereignty".

The Israeli military has long boasted of superior aerial power.

An Iranian general, meanwhile, said Monday the Islamic Republic is doubling down on efforts to bolster its missile launching capabilities. Iran has been heavily invested in Syria's future and is determined to not only preserve the Assad regime, but also to capitalize on its gains.

"Assad and Hezbollah are the same, and if there will be an attack against us, we will not be obligated to act only against the source of the attack", he said during an interview on Army Radio. Iran denies the Israeli version.

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