Drone from Syria approaches Israel, intercepted by Patriot missile

13 November, 2017, 02:41 | Author: Diane Mills
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In order to end it, the American and Russian presidents discussed the issue in Vietnam and seemed to agree that the military solution had failed and that there should be a "peaceful solution". Also, Russian and Turkish president met earlier, while Iran and Israel prepare for the next phase.

Perhaps even more worrying for Israel, Iran's increasing presence in southern Syria offers Tehran the opportunity to position either its own troops or fighters from Hezbollah or other Shiite militias who could strike directly at the Jewish state. Meanwhile, Iran and Israel are preparing for the next phase. Israel says that it expects any agreement ending the war in Syria to include a 12-mile buffer zone meant to keep away Iranian-backed militants.

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First, the US must take Israeli concerns about Iran's presence in Syria more seriously. Photos show how the Revolutionary Guards built a series of military bases to be centers of support and financing that will operate as an Iranian highway that extends from Iraq to Lebanon. The aim of these threats is to confront the new reality. It fears Iran could use Syrian territory to stage attacks on Israel, or to create a land corridor from Iran to Lebanon that could allow it to transfer weapons more easily to Hezbollah. Regarding Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the new reality saying that "when ISIS is expelled from a place, Iran is replacing it". Of course, the reason is clear, which is that the Syrian regime does not have enough military capabilities due to its losses.

While Russian support has kept Assad in power, helping Putin expand Russian clout across the region, the U.S.is seeking to have influence in any plan to help the nation recover from years of civil war. The agreement only ends the existence of terrorist groups such as ISIS, al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham, but will fail in ridding Syria of more unsafe regional militias. He is the former general manager of Al Arabiya news channel, and former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, where this article is also published.

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