"We do not know what the mission of the Iranian drone was". Israel hit back at Iran for putting an Iranian drone in its airspace by shelling the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) posts. Again, "Why does the media feel obliged to present the Israeli aggression as being Iran's fault?" The raid was directed at a site Jerusalem believes Iran used to launch a drone that was destroyed in Israel earlier in the day.
Syria's air defense responded to the advanced Israeli warplane by striking it with an SA-5 missile, wounding two pilots who managed to escape the aircraft.
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. Russian Federation apparently intervened to prevent additional escalation.
An Israeli war against Iran would mean horror for ordinary people across the Middle East-and could easily spread well outside of Syria's borders. Those are the words of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the second-longest serving leader in the country's history.
Israeli strikes inside Syria are likely to trigger its foes to hit within Israel, which would lead to a full blown war that may expend to Lebanon as a new battlefield.
However, what would be the implications of Iranian capitulation to Israel's military strikes in Syria that seek to deter Tehran's resolve in the region? Putin may look to quell the situation himself rather than have the US get more heavily involved in a region that, in recent years, Russia, along with Iran, has tended to dominate.
Israel also has accused Iran of planning to build precision-guided missile factories in Lebanon, which is home to the powerful Hezbollah movement, one of the groups fighting in support of Assad in Syria. So Russia's decision to help Assad is more about supporting Iran.
Israel has shown resolve in blocking Iran where possible, and last weekend's attack is case in point. Israel's latest military action has the potential to accelerate the events.
Where does Russian Federation fit in? This is particularly crucial for Iran as its regional foes have chosen to sit on the sidelines in terms of direct military action against Iran in Syria. Moscow has no interest in a full-scale confrontation between Syria, Iran, and Israel, as such a conflict would endanger recent achievements in Syria.
What is needed is a political solution that all parties can accept. But whether Russian Federation can really control the conflict moving forward remains to be seen, and surely serious discussions are underway in Moscow regarding last Saturday's events.
February 12, 2018 (EIRNS)-One of the messages coming out of Israel in the aftermath of Israeli air raids into Syria on February 10 is that it's Moscow to which Israeli leaders are looking to help de-escalate tensions, not the United States. But it is not yet clear if Washington intends to do anything further, as America's strategy in Syria remains opaque.
Since January, Turkey's military started extending its ground operations into eastern Syria, near where US-led coalition forces have been battling the remnants of IS.
No one debates a country's right to defend itself.
On the other hand, Syria appeared to chalk up the downing of the F-16 as a win. In today's reality of information warfare, such an image indicates a highly meaningful accomplishment. But is Israel really looking for a fight?