After airstrike in Syria, an Israeli proxy war with Iran looms

After airstrike in Syria, an Israeli proxy war with Iran looms

Liberman's comments came as Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency said that seven Iranian "military advisers", including an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) air force colonel, were among the 14 people killed in the strike.

"It seems the USA government is looking for an excuse for military intervention", Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said has he arrived in Brazil early on Tuesday, according to state media.

Syria and its main ally Russian Federation blamed Israel for carrying out the attack. Israel viewed that and all other Iranian military forces in Syria as an unacceptable threat to the security fo the Jewish state. The original number of Iranian fatalities in the attack was four. "His threats to repeat impulsive acts of aggression is symptomatic of United States policy helping extremists", the tweet reads.

"Any time there is an important victory in confronting terrorists in political and field developments, we face a coordinated game and tactic from terrorist groups and foreign players", said Ansari.

Russian Federation has warned that USA strikes in Syria would have "grave consequences", according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Monday's aerial attack struck an Iranian drone section of Syria's T4 base, which was under exclusive Iranian command, he said.




"By striking [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] and his Iranian allies just a day after Trump warned them of the price they would pay".

If and when the Iranians decide to attack Israel, he added, they will not do so from their own territory.

Senior Israeli defense officials expressed serious concerns over the implications of last week's summit in Ankara at which the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey discussed the aftermath of the Syrian civil war and how the spoils would be divided once the hostilities conclude.

The Syrian conflict began when the Baath regime, in power since 1963 and led by Assad, responded with military force to peaceful protests demanding democratic reforms during the Arab Spring wave of uprisings, triggering an armed rebellion fuelled by mass defections from the Syrian army.

As Russian troops moved into the area today in the wake of the evacuating fighters, Syrian doctors visited the site of the alleged chemical attack and found no evidence that poisonous gases had been used, Russia's defence ministry said in a statement.

A 2013 chemical attack in eastern Ghouta that killed hundreds of people was widely blamed on government forces.

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