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Iran, Hezbollah are unable to fully respond to increase in Israeli attacks

An Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter plane performs at an air show in the Negev desert. (AFP) July 28, 2020 Iran and its proxies in Syria and Lebanon do not have the maneuverability to respond to increasing Israeli attacks against them and are unlikely to carry out a large-scale retaliation, said [...]

By |July 28th, 2020|Isreal, Lebanon, Syria|

Israel says it thwarts Iran-linked Hezbollah infiltration attempt

An Israeli soldier runs to direct an armoured personal vehicle near the Syrian border in the Golan Heights, on May 10. (AFP) July 27, 2020 The Israeli military on Monday said it thwarted an infiltration attempt by Hezbollah militants — setting off one of the heaviest exchanges of fire along the volatile Israel-Lebanon [...]

By |July 27th, 2020|Isreal, Lebanon, Syria|

Intercepting Iran’s airliner elicits questions by public, threats by officials

Iranian Mahan Air passenger plane takes off as a plane of Iran’s national air carrier, Iran Air, is parked at left, at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran. (AP) July 25, 2020 Controversy surrounding reports of an Iranian airliner being intercepted by U.S. fighter jets over Syria on Thursday, 23 July continued on Friday with many [...]

By |July 25th, 2020|North America, Syria, USA|

Israel’s war between wars against Iran escalates in Syria

Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, May 10, 2018. (REUTERS) By Hanin Ghaddar July 24, 2020 In Israel’s latest wave of escalating attacks in Syria, the former seems to have targeted a major Iranian-backed ammunition depot on the edge of Damascus on Monday. However, Iran’s response to [...]

By |July 24th, 2020|Opinions On Iran, Syria|

U.S. fighter jet within visual range of Iranian passenger plane, but at safe distance: U.S. officials

A U.S Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter flies over Syria. (Reuters) July 24, 2020 A U.S. F-15 fighter jet came within visual range of an Iranian passenger aircraft on Thursday but was at a safe distance, two U.S. officials told Reuters. One of the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the [...]

By |July 24th, 2020|North America, Syria, USA|

Iran state TV: Iranian passenger plane ‘harassed’ over Syria

A plane from the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air. (AP) July 23, 2020 An Iranian passenger plane flying from Tehran to Beirut on Thursday was “harassed” by Israeli fighter jets, Iranian state TV reported, saying the plane managed to safely land in the Lebanese capital. There was no immediate comment from Israel or [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|Isreal, Lebanon, Syria|

Russia squares up to Iran in Syria as part of “pact” with Israel

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2019. (AP) By Ahmad Salloum July 22, 2020 Iran is on the defensive against joint efforts by Israel, Russia, and the United States to push militias backed by the Islamic Republic out of Syria. The [...]

By |July 22nd, 2020|Isreal, Russia, Syria|

Israel strikes southern Damascus, sources say Iranian bases hit

An explosion, reportedly during Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, Syria, on January 21, 2019. (YouTube) July 21, 2020 Syrian air defenses on Monday intercepted a new Israeli "aggression" above the capital Damascus, state media said, in the latest wave of attacks that Western intelligence sources have said were Israeli strikes on a major Iranian-backed [...]

By |July 21st, 2020|Isreal, Syria|

Gifts, food baskets and boarding schools: How Iran is penetrating Syrian society

Hezbollah supporters wave a Syrian flag under a huge portrait of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Supplied) By Ahmad Salloum July 15, 2020 Iran is seeking to penetrate the Syrian cultural sphere, appealing to the dispossessed poor in areas of key strategic importance. Through a smattering of small-scale building projects, educational programs, Persian [...]

By |July 15th, 2020|Syria|

Israel will never let Iran improve Syria’s decrepit air defenses

Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, May 10, 2018. (REUTERS) July 14, 2020 Iran has signed an agreement to improve Syria’s largely antiquated and ineffective air defenses. However, any substantial effort by Tehran will likely be foiled by Israel, which is resolute in its determination to remove [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|Isreal, Syria|