Eleven Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria on Thursday: monitor

Eleven Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria on Thursday: monitor

Eleven Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria on Thursday: monitor

It could involve Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

However, the IRGC was cautious because it has other interests in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq that it doesn't want to jeopardize. Moscow does not want Iran to disturb this, or create sufficient problems for Israel that the USA gets back into the Syrian conflict in Israel's defense. It also said it destroyed several Syrian air-defense systems after coming under heavy fire and that none of its warplanes were hit.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel had retaliated with its largest strike in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011, and that Israel had hit "nearly all" Iranian military facilities in Syria.

Russian Federation is not in talks with the Syrian government about supplying advanced S-300 ground-to-air missiles and does not think they are needed, the Izvestia daily cited a top Kremlin aide as saying on Friday, in an apparent U-turn by Moscow. IRGC commander Hossein Salami claimed that Tehran's "hands are on the trigger and missiles are ready". Iran, along with Russian Federation, helped turn the tide in the war and give Assad the upper hand.

The S-300 sales to Syria were raised last month after the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched a series of strikes on Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb allegedly carried out by the Syrian government. Meanwhile, Iran's government has faced growing domestic criticism for pursuing expensive military adventures overseas while the economy stagnates; this latest setback is likely to fuel those grievances. It said three people were killed and two were wounded. Like with Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Iranian model in Iraq is a combination of armed militia and political clout, with religious sectarian overtones. New recruits will be increasingly coming from four-member families, for which loss of life is particularly harsh. The differences between Putin and Netanyahu with regard to Iran, then, appear to be quite stark.

It will be a war mainly with missiles from Iran and Hezbollah versus Israel's air force. The port of Bandar Abbas on Iran's southern tip is responsible for 90% of its container trade. With the war winding down in favor of Assad, Israel - which saw him as the lesser of two evils compared with Islamic hard-liners among rebels - is now finding that his victory has brought Iran closer to its borders.

Asked about the issue on a conference call with reporters Friday, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russian Federation had never announced that it would supply the weapons though it maintains the right to respond as it sees fit to a recent USA -led attack on Syria.

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