Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stressed that “our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation.”
President Trump looked at him and said: "How can they say that you are a terrorist? You are a man of peace."
A US-backed force in Syria on Saturday was hours away from surrounding the last ISIS fighters in an area less than a square mile in eastern Syria.
The top US commander of the war against ISIS supported the US intelligence assessment that "tens of thousands" of ISIS fighters are still alive and kicking in Syria and Iraq.
To date, more than 160 have been killed in battles between pro-Russian and pro-Iranian Syrian army units in the Hama area alone.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that the thousands of Turkish troops amassed along the Syrian border would attack whether the US is out or not.
"This interference satisfies the interests of Israel and runs counter to those of the Syrian people."
Resolution 2254 was invoked by Iran, Russia, and Turkey as the legal basis for their takeover of the political process in Syria, backed by their enhanced military operations against rebel groups.
As many as 160,000 Syrians have fled the war zone to the Jordanian and Israeli borders, where neither country is prepared to let them in.
Russia and Turkey could run tests to discover the vulnerabilities of the F-35, and once Russia and Turkey have it, Iran will have it as well.
The report suggests that should Israel decid to attack the S-300s’ locations, the consequences "would be catastrophic for all sides."
Incoming US National Security Adviser John Bolton coordinated over the phone with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat prior to the attack.
"Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War."
Russia appears to be preparing for a propaganda pushback, blaming the attack on Syrian rebel groups.
In 2016 Russia and Iran signed Memoranda of understanding on dozens of industrial projects, to the tune of an estimated $40 billion. Most of those projects are still in drawers, but there's enough potential wealth in those drawers to make Russia and Iran inseparable.
Israel has awarded the Fighters against Nazis Medal to WW2 veterans. It was first awarded on Yom HaShoah of 1967 by then Prime Minister Levi Eshkol.
Another explanation to the Russians' decision to transfer the SU-57 to the Middle East might be their concern, even panic, over the US Air Force bombing of a Russian convoy which killed hundreds of mercenaries.
The parties also signed a protocol of consultations between the two countries’ foreign ministries for 2018 and 2019.
"The zones are necessary from the point of view of ending warfare, but at the same time it is impermissible to see the de-escalation zones turning into zones of influence of foreign states."
Israel has provided drone strikes and shelling with high-precision missiles on ISIS targets during defensive and offensive rebel operations.
Monday saw an awkward turn in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's and President Donald Trump's "friends for ever" relationship, and a turn on a dime by Trump in his relationship with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Russian Ambassador to Iran said a visiting delegation is discussing "certain practical aspects of the project to reconfigure the Fordow reactor."
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.
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.