Iran beefs up east Syria base ahead of US withdrawal

Iran's army chief of staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looks into binoculars as he visits and other senior officers from the Iranian military a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP) February 7, 2019 Iran has moved to intensify its recruitment of militia fighters based in [...]

By |February 7th, 2019|Syria|

Netanyahu says talks with Putin to focus on Iranian military activity in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (AP) February 7, 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month in Moscow for talks on Iranian military activity in Syria. [...]

By |February 7th, 2019|Syria|

Iran’s top security official warns Israel of ‘firm response’ on Syria

Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Iran's Supreme National Security Council Director. (Reuters) February 6, 2019 The secretary of Iran’s National Security Council warned Israel on Tuesday of a “firm and appropriate” response aimed at deterring Israeli attacks in Syria, and “teaching a lesson” to "criminal Israeli rulers”. Ali Shamkhani made his remarks during a meeting [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Experts contend that Israel has not fully deterred Iranian aggression in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during an annual New Year's toast in Jerusalem on December 12, 2018. (AFP) February 6, 2019 Israel’s now overt war against Iran has moved to the airwaves as well. At the Cybertech2019 conference held last week in Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Iran-Israel tensions will continue to escalate

An Israeli F-15 fighter jet. (Flash90) By Majid Rafizadeh February 1, 2019 The conflict between Iran and Israel has been escalating in the last few weeks, highlighted by the Israeli Defense Forces’ series of airstrikes against Tehran regime targets in Syria. This is not the first time that Israel has launched airstrikes against Iranian [...]

By |February 1st, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Israel-Iran war in Syria could be just one misstep away

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks overlooking the border between Israel and Syria. (REUTERS) January 30, 2019 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s admittance last week that Israel had carried out massive airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria, including a weapons depot in Damascus airport, marked a major change in policy. For years, the Israeli Air [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Russia, Iran not allies in Syria, says senior Russian diplomat

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) meets with Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov in Tehran, January 12, 2015. (AFP) January 28, 2019 Days after sustained Israeli attacks against Iranian targets in Syria, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said Russia and Iran are not allies in Syria. He stressed that [...]

By |January 28th, 2019|Russia, Syria|

Syria is Israel and Iran’s battleground

Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, May 10, 2018. (REUTERS) By Yossi Mekelberg January 28, 2019 For some time now there has been a sense of inevitability that the conflict between Israel and Iran, currently taking place in Syria amidst a fog of (im)plausible deniability, will turn into [...]

By |January 28th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

New U.S. sanctions a limited move against Iran proxy groups in Syria

Gen. Qassem Soleimani (C), who heads the elite Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard attends a graduation ceremony of a group of the guard's officers in Tehran, June 30, 2018. (AP) By Behnam Ben Taleblu January 26, 2019 The Trump administration on Thursday took its first significant move against 2 of Iran’s non-Arab Shiite militias in [...]

By |January 26th, 2019|Syria|

Iran ‘angry’ over failure to activate S-300 system in Syria

Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus this week. (AFP) January 26, 2019 An Iranian official on Thursday expressed “anger” at Russia’s failure to activate the S-300 air defense system deployed in Syria during a recent Israeli airstrike near Damascus. Head of parliament’s national security and foreign policy [...]

By |January 26th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|