Iran defends its military presence in Syria, asks United States forces to leave

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Israel called the drone infiltration a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty" and warned that Iran would be held accountable for its meddling.

Firstly, as the Syrian civil war comes to a close, Iran has the opportunity to play a current and future role in Assad's national security apparatus in which it can establish itself as a legitimate regional security partner.

It is to ignore that Israel has been in illegal military occupation of Syrian territory since 1967, land seized in a war Israel started. Gen. Ronen Manelis, said in a statement.

An Israeli Air Force F-16 from Ramon Air Base, Israel, moves into refueling position July 17, 2009, over the Nevada Test and Training Range during Red Flag 09-4. Its two crew members survived with non-life-threatening injuries and parachuted to safety.

Israel said it intercepted an Iranian drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Saturday.

The downed F-16 was the first warplane Israel has lost to enemy fire since its 1982 Lebanon war. Loss of F-16 was confirmed by Israeli authorities. Tehran provides military support to Assad, but is also fortifying its own military presence in Syria, not far from Israel's northern border, and helping its Shiite ally, Hezbollah, build up forces outside the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. First, the United States attacked and killed some 100 Syrian government-allied troops for launching an operation against a US-funded rebel force that seeks the overthrow of the Syrian government.

He also pointed out that wherever Iran's Qods Force was - in Iraq, or in Syria - it was channeling weapons to Hezbollah. The recent incident involving Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation in Riyadh indicates the Saudi Kingdom is also concerned about the influence of Iran and attempts to contain it though negotiations with Beirut. In the past few years, Hezbollah has "issued massive threats" towards Israel with military action.

Russia, who are allies with the Bashar government have urged restraint, the UK Independent has reported.

"We are concerned at the Iranian actions, which detract from efforts to get a genuine peace process under way", Johnson said in a statement.

But there's an old Yiddish saying that, "you can't dance at all weddings", and Iran's provocation of Israel is starting to make that more of a reality for the Kremlin. After the incident, the U.S. State Department, among others, expressed support for "Israel's sovereign right to defend itself".

Hatami said the drone can carry out surveillance, reconnaissance and combat missions, and can use short runways for takeoffs and landings. Former President Barack Obama's disastrous handling of Syria is a prime cause for the chaos roiling the country now, and a big reason why Russian Federation assumed dominance in the war-torn nation. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA is committed to keeping a military presence in Syria to make sure IS does not regain a foothold.

Reporting the Israeli TV Channel 10, the news site said the decision came after the field development on the borders.

The U.S. claimed 100 of the attackers were killed in the strikes, which were countered by U.S. F-22 stealth jets, F-15 fighters and MQ-9 drones, as well as a U.S. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

The newspaper concluded that the Russian President provided an acceptable solution to both conflicting parties, and pointed out that this is a clear conclusion which can be drawn from the sequence of events on Saturday, as translated by Arabi21.

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