March 24, 2018

Iran Defends Its Military Presence in Syria, Asks US Forces to Leave

15 February 2018, 07:57 | Taylor George

Israeli soldiers taking positions near the border with Syria on Feb. 10. Jalaa Marey AFP Getty Images

Israeli soldiers taking positions near the border with Syria on Feb. 10

Israel later claimed that it had launched those assaults after it intercepted an "Iranian drone" launched from Syria, an accusation rejected by Tehran as "ridiculous".

He especially urged the three countries that have brokered localized cease-fires - Russian Federation and Iran, which back the government, and Turkey, which supports the opposition - "to use their influence to help reduce violence".

"Iran was once again doing what it does - risking conflict and testing the will of its neighbors and opponents to resist its aggression".

Hailey tied the incident to an attack by pro-Syrian regime forces on US-backed coalition forces last week, accusing "actors", likely a veiled reference to Iran, of engaging in "a risky game of pushing boundaries, instead of behaving responsibly and committing to peace". The only player in Syria with any kind of leverage over Iran is the Kremlin.

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The ministry sent a classified cable to 15 Israeli ambassadors around the world, providing the envoys with guidelines for sending strong messages against Iran, Syria and Hezbollah to their host countries, following last week's infiltration of an Iranian drone and subsequent downing of an Israeli F-16, Channel 10 news reported Wednesday.

"As @nikkihaley said earlier today in the Security Council, the US & Israel will always stand together in the face of Iran's aggression and provocations as it attempts to destabilize the region".

According to the Israeli military, was attacked by 12 goals, including three anti-aircraft missile battalion and four military Iranian targets in Syria, according to Reuters. "We think Iran needs to withdraw its military, its militia from Syria and allow the hope for the peace process to take hold in Geneva", Tillerson said Wednesday during a conference with his Jordanian counterpart in Amman.

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