U.S. supports Israeli action against Iranian targets in Syria

U.S. supports Israeli action against Iranian targets in Syria

U.S. supports Israeli action against Iranian targets in Syria

Israel has also shot down several drones that previously tried to infiltrate its territory from Syria, but the capture of an Iranian drone and the direct targeting of Iranian sites in response marked a dramatic escalation in the Israeli retaliation.

Earlier today an Israeli F16 fighter jet was shot down after coming under fire from Syrian forces.

Besides the fact the headline and opening paragraph of the report focus on the Israeli airstrikes, the word "brutal" is totally unnecessary and created to elicit anger towards Israel and sympathy towards Syria.

Israel's prime minister says his military has dealt "severe blows" to Iran and Syria with a series of airstrikes the previous day. David Ivry, a former Israeli Air Force chief, told Reuters he believed it was the first time an Israeli F-16 was brought down since Israel began using the jets in the 1980s.

Iran's expanding clout during Syria's almost seven-year-long war, including deployments of Iran-backed forces near the Golan frontier, has raised alarm in Israel.

The Israeli military claimed that it had attacked positions inside the Syrian territory after it intercepted a drone launched from Syria on Saturday.

Israel also has accused Iran of planning to build precision-guided missile factories in Lebanon.

If Israel became more militarily involved in the conflict, what would it mean for the Syrian war - and the wider region?

In a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the air strikes conducted by Israel's Air Force against targets in Syria, the Kremlin said, TASS reports.

"We call on Iran and its allies to cease provocative actions and work toward regional peace", the White House said. The headline is also wrong - it was the Syrians (and/or the Iranians) who shot down an Israeli fighter jet - we shot down an Iranian drone.

Iran's involvement in Syria, including the deployment of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, has alarmed Israel, which has said it would counter any threat.

"We urge all parties involved to exercise restraint and to avoid any actions that could lead to an even greater complication of the situation", the ministry said.

Israel later dispatched eight fighter jets to bomb the T4 military base near the Syrian city of Palmyra, from where it says the drone was dispatched and controlled.

"We consider it necessary to respect absolutely Syria's and the region's other countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity", Russia's TASS news agency quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying.

Russian Federation backs the Assad and maintains a large military presence in the country.

It said the bases are used by both Iranians and Russians deployed in support of the regime.

According to the Israeli military, the confrontation began with the drone entering its airspace before being intercepted by a combat helicopter.

Over the past years, Israel has frequently attacked targets in Syria, often claiming that it hit positions or convoys belonging to Iran.

The Israeli military said it was not looking to escalate the situation but was ready for various scenarios.

They landed inside Israel and were taken to hospital. In response to the provocation, Israel attacked the drone's command center.

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