The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, February 12, 2018

Israel Launches Heavy Syria Strikes After F-16 Crashes

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israel launched its most intensive air strikes yet against Iranian forces in Syria on Saturday after intercepting what it said was an Iranian drone and the rare downing of an Israeli F-16 warplane.

The incidents marked the most serious confrontations in Syria between Israel and Iranian-backed forces that have established a major foothold in the country while fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad in a nearly seven-year-old civil war.

Iran's expanding clout during the Syrian civil war, including deployments of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, has raised alarm in Israel, which has said it would act against any threat from its regional arch-enemy Tehran.


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It would appear that the US/Israel/Saudi plot to topple Assad has proved a curate's egg.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 12, 2018 7:09:48 AM