UK's Johnson Concerned At Iran's Role In Confrontation With Israel

UK's Johnson Concerned At Iran's Role In Confrontation With Israel

UK's Johnson Concerned At Iran's Role In Confrontation With Israel

"This has the potential to turn into a regional war", said Bilal Saab, an expert at the Washington-based Middle East Institute.

Syria state TV says its air defenses have responded to new Israeli raids near the capital Damascus, following an earlier raid in the country's center. Iran fired anti-aircraft missiles at the Israeli jet, striking one.

Regarding the weekend events, Lieberman promised matters are being handled, "with determination and responsibility", adding "permit me to paraphrase, this is not a time to bark but a time to bite and we will bite very strongly".

Iran and Russian Federation have repeatedly called the global community to pay respect to the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria which both have been undermined by interventions from Saudi Arabia, US, Zionist regime, and some other countries which opposed Assad's alignment with Iran.

It often seems that Iran and the Syrian regime are speaking the same narrative.

Assistant foreign minister Ayman Sussan warned that his country is more than capable of "confronting attacks" despite being wracked by civil war. Washington also worked to convene peace talks in Vienna between the regime and the opposition, and the last weapons were shipped out of Syria for destruction in the same month that ISIL took over Mosul, in June 2014. Israel launched a series of air strikes at both Syrian and Iranian targets in retaliation. He went on to say "Syria, Iran and Russian Federation would appear to have little interest now in getting into a full-blown conflict with Israel".

"We've moved a step closer", he said. "We don't know yet if it's an SA-5 or SA-17, but it's a Syrian anti-aircraft missile", said an IDF spokesman. "And through that process, we believe Syria will strengthen its independence and will take its own actions to reduce and ultimately reject the influence of Iran inside of Syria", clarifying that "Iran's influence inside of Syria is not positive, it is a negative, because they bring with it instability, they bring with it violence". In Iran, calls for Israel's destruction are routine, and support for militant groups in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip intentionally challenges Israel's security.

The biggest confrontation between the two sides occurred on Saturday, when Israel attacked what it claimed to be Iranian bases, which sent a drone into its airspace. Also, a couple of Israeli jets were downed by Iran.

Soon after the drone entered their airspace, it was shot down by the Israeli Air Force.

"God willing they will see more surprises whenever they try to attack Syria", Soussan said in a press conference at the Foreign and Expatriate Ministry in Damascus, according to Reuters. Both pilots suffered injuries, and ejected after reaching Israeli territory.

Six people were killed in the strikes, including four non-Syrians fighting with the regime and two Syrian soldiers, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor.

Saturday's chain of events began at 4:30am when an Israeli Apache helicopter shot down an Iranian drone over the northern town of Beit Shean.

"From the political point of view of Iran , I think it was the worst timing", she said, citing domestic economic and social protests, as well as Tehran's diplomatic efforts to preserve a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever". "In general the parties are not looking for a war".

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