“Hezbollah and Iran are trying to entrench themselves in the area ... [But we] sent a clear message to our enemies; we’re determined to defend our sovereignty and respond with force and wisdom to any threat.”
"There are long-range surface-to-air missiles like the SA5, which, although they are outdated and stationary launch pads, can intercept planes deep inside Israel."
Altogether, the Syrian Observatory reported three waves of Israeli bombardments, under anti-aircraft fire.
The Israeli Air Force on Saturday launched an attack on the Syrian Air Force's Tiyas Military Airbase, a.k.a. T-4 Airbase, west of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmor), destroying the main observation tower, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"Iran's calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the region -- from Yemen to Lebanon -- at risk."
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"I have been warning for some time about the dangers of Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria. Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel."
Later, also in response to the intercepted Iranian drone, Israeli Air Force aircraft struck three aerial defense batteries and four other Iranian targets in Syria.
Sending in the drone may have been a planned Iranian provocation, expecting that shooting this many rockets at the incoming Israeli planes would hit at least one.
Syrian forces opened fire on an IDF drone flying over the Golan Heights.
On Wednesday, the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria conducted air and artillery attacks on pro-regime forces in Syria, killing an estimated 100 pro-regime fighters.
Le Drian walked on eggshells regarding Turkey's offensive against the Kurdish militia in northern Syria, because of the arrest of "a few hundred " French-national jihadists who had been captured by the Kurds.
Syrian state television repeated the announcement, saying air defenses have "dealt with new Israeli aggression" near Damascus.
"The new drone is able to conduct different reconnaissance, patrolling and combat missions in distant areas and "enjoys high flight endurance."
Ebrahim Raisi is a hardline Iranian cleric who is considered to be in the running to replace Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
A missile from a man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) was launched Saturday to bring down a Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet.
Turkey has been attacking the Kurds in Afrin, in an attempt to drive them out of the region.
The downing of the plane came as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air support and Iranian infantry, have intensified their offensive in Idlib, one of the last rebel-held bastions in Syria.
"If people in Tel Aviv are in bomb shelters, then they will also be in shelters in Beirut. This has to be clear to the other side."
One expert, Amy Smithson, told Reuters the findings are tantamount to DNA evidence.
“I made it clear to [President Putin] that we will not agree to either one of these developments and will act according to need."
The temple was among the most important ancient monuments built by the Arameans in the first millennium BCE. It's not clear why Turkey destroyed it.
"I will discuss with him various regional developments, enhanced security coordination between the IDF and the Russian military forces in Syria."
Assad said he would launch Scud missiles at Ben Gurion International Airport if Israel bombed Damascus again.
“The coalition forces that are in that area have an inherent right to defend themselves and will do so if necessary.”
“We are releasing this classified information because it is vital for the world to understand that if we turn a blind eye in Syria, the Iranian threat will only grow.”