We'll 'teach Iran a lesson it will never forget'

Posted February 14, 2018

Iran properly felt harsh military consequences for meddling with Israel this weekend - in a skirmish that could foreshadow growing regional conflict if Russian Federation doesn't move to rein in its allies in Syria. According to Reuters of February 10, quoting a former commander of Israel's air force, this was the first time an Israeli F-16 had been shot down since the 1980s.

While Israel and Saudi Arabia have shown signs of wanting to provoke regional opponents, "the so-called 'resistance axis, ' including the Syrian Army, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Iraqi [People's Mobilization Units], have established deterrence against Israeli aggression", said Dan Cohen, a journalist and filmmaker who has worked extensively in Israel, who also spoke with Loud & Clear.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called on Saturday for urgent global action, saying the past week in Syria "has been one of the bloodiest periods of the entire conflict".

Thirteen different countries have bombed and invaded Syria since its civil war began, including the two biggest imperial powers-the U.S. and Russian Federation.

It often seems that Iran and the Syrian regime are speaking the same narrative.

Assistant foreign minister Ayman Sussan warned that his country is more than capable of "confronting attacks" despite being wracked by civil war.

While the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern over the Israeli strikes on targets in Syria, urging the sides to avoid escalating the situation, the US expressed full support for Israel, backing Israel's claims and blaming Iran for escalating the situation in Syria. The Iranians feel, and probably for good reason, they can take more risks in Syria than they can in Iran and even Lebanon.

ICG senior analyst Ofer Zalzberg told AFP following the latest confrontation that it increased the chances of war over the longer term.

"The American part of the equation is to back us up", but the United States now "has nearly no leverage on the ground", he said.

One of the most confounding - and risky - aspects of the six-year conflict in Syria is that its roster of combatants continues to broaden.

The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council said, "The era of hit and run is over", in reference to Israeli airstrikes on Syrian soil.

The military escalation between Israel, Iran & Syria has reached a new unsafe level that risks dragging the region into another protracted conflict. After the incident, the U.S. State Department, among others, expressed support for "Israel's sovereign right to defend itself". In addition to the tactical success of downing the Israeli jet, Iran and Syria will use this feat for propaganda. "It's just a matter of sobriety", Cohen said, "and both sides understand there's really nothing to be gained".

Eight Israeli warplanes then carried out a retaliatory raid on "Iranian control systems in Syria" which had been flying the pilotless aircraft, the Israeli army said.

A day before the Israeli jet was shot down, Turkey lost at least one helicopter over Afrin. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) responded by engaging twelve targets, including three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian military targets, all of which were located in Syria.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted a an Iranian drone that crossed into Israel's airspace from Syria- the IDF videotaped the intercept and subsequent destruction of the drone to prevent Iran from claiming it was a propaganda story. "We must embark on a diplomatic and economic campaign to stop Iran in Syria and throughout the region". "Several people were wounded on both sides but as of now, there are no further casualties".

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