Israel hints it could hit Iran's 'air force' in Syria

Israel hints it could hit Iran's 'air force' in Syria

Still, there lurks the risk that increasing tension between the United States and Russian Federation, or any slight miscalculation among all the players jockeying their next moves, could lead to greater conflict as Iran seeks ways to retaliate against Israel.

Friedman described the seven Iranians killed as members of the Qods Force, a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps that oversees operations overseas, and one of them as a commander of a drone unit. Iranian officials have promised unspecified reprisals.

Air force squadrons remain on high alert following a reported Israeli strike mounted against Iranian personnel at a Syrian air force base in mid-April.

The information came from the Israeli military, according to a wide range of television and radio stations and news websites. Still, he said that Israel would be uncomfortable with a us pullout from Syria.

The official, who requested anonymity, would not elaborate. Newsweek reports in its article IRAN THREATENS ISRAEL WITH REVENGE FOR SYRIA AIRSTRIKE THAT KILLED DRONE COMMANDER that Bahram Ghassemi, the spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, has now warned "Tel Aviv will be punished for its aggressive action".

At the time of the February incident, the IDF issued a press release that said in part, "Iran and the [Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' special unit] Quds Force for some time have been operating the T-4 Air Base in Syria next to Palmyra, with support from the Syrian military and with permission from the Syrian regime".

Within hours of the attack, a consensus of talking heads and internet commentators concluded that it was Israel that bombed a Syrian military base.

Trump must keep forces in Syria to block the route from Tehran to Beirut and to mediate between the Syrian Kurds and Turkey, Doran said. If conducted by Israel, the Monday morning attack was at least the third time IAF planes struck the T-4 base.

"It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets - both facilities and people", said the source, according to the paper.

Until now, Iran has not responded to raids on bases in Syria. Russian military and the regime said most of the missiles were intercepted, while U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted "mission accomplished" following the strikes. "The message is that the Iran-Hezbollah-Syria network is not going to be allowed to do what it wants - and that there will be consequences".

Despite the rhetoric, experts believe neither Iran nor Israel are looking for open conflict. "No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East".

Russia, which long turned a blind eye to Israeli actions in Syria while serving as a brake on retaliation by Iran or its Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla allies, is now at loggerheads with Western powers over accusations, denied by Syria's government, that it has used chemical weaponry in fighting.

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