Is US being sucked into Syria's war?

Is US being sucked into Syria's war?

For the mullahs, Syria is a fundamental building block - in addition to Iraq and Lebanon - in Tehran's plans to cobble together a swath of power across the Middle East, spanning from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea.

"During the operation, Syria responded by launching a wave of surface-to-air missiles, which managed to shoot down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet", CBN News recounted.

The potential looms for bigger, more ominous clashes between Iranian, Syrian and Hezbollah forces on one side and Israel on the other. Is Syria going to become an arena of open confrontation between Israel and Iran?

Moreover, in recent months Iranian policy - suspending patrol boat harassment of USA 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.

In Syria, the pro-government Al Watan newspaper said the country's air defences had "destroyed the myth of Israeli air superiority in the region".

Chagai Tzuriel, who heads the Israeli Ministry of Intelligence, echoed the FDD: "If you (Americans) are committed to countering Iran in the region, then you must do so in Syria - first".

Sussan, however, warned Israel shouldn't take their position for granted, saying they would face "more surprises whenever they try to attack Syria".

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The Saturday statement on Central Military Media, which is allied with the Syrian military, called a subsequent Israeli attack on a drone station in Syria's central Homs province a "terrorist act", warning of "a tough and serious response".

On Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the success of the strikes, but made no mention of future operations. Odd, when Iran dropped no bombs on Israel.

Tensions between the two enemies over Syria had been building for some time, with at least three separate interests at work, several analysts say. From the Israeli point of view the question is not whether there will be a next round, but when it will arise.

"It is our view - I think it's the view by and large of the global community - that Iran's presence in these countries is not helpful".

Last week, Iran announced that it was producing a drone that carries precision-guided bombs, the Islamic Republic's military leaders said, according to The Washington Free Beacon. In addition, there are roughly a few hundred Iranian experts from the Revolutionary Guards and Quds forces.

But he also made clear that Iran must get the message its "era of immunity" is over. Before the civil war, the Assad regime could say "stop" or "go" - it could actually control the the extent of Iran's involvement. "Iran can create a hell for the Zionist regime of Israel", Salami said. There are the forces loyal to Bashar Assad, militants controlled by Iran including those from Hezbollah, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) supported by Turkey, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which includes the US -backed People's Protection Units (YPG), Daesh - which nobody knows who is behind - and the Nusra Front, which benefits from the support of various players who change frequently. Iran seems determined to remain there. The Syrians were effective in blocking these Iranian attempts. The Russians are trying to contain Iranian influence as well. Whilst Assad welcomes Russia's presence, he (Assad) needs Iran as a partner to provide regional legitimacy, particularly in the Muslim world. Israeli planes had just struck Iranian targets deep in Syria in response to an Iranian drone that infiltrated Israel.

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