The Dangerous Effect of Iran's Involvement in the Syrian Conflict

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While Israel still retains an ability to make the Syrian situation unpredictable for Russian and Iranians, the downing of its F-16 jet gave the Iranians a big propaganda win.

It was the first time Israel publicly acknowledged hitting Iranian targets in Syria since the 2011 start of the civil war there.

In a tit-for-tat reaction, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi described as "ridiculous" reports that Israel had intercepted and targeted an Iranian drone on Saturday.

The IDF has released footage showing the Iranian drone infiltrating Israeli airspace and the IDF's response. But now the consequences are seeping further south to Israel, and the administration's decision to go AWOL is all the more consequential. Its two crew members survived with non-life-threatening injuries and parachuted to safety.

During the air operation an Israeli F16 was shot down by intense Syrian antiaircraft missile fire. Pilots of one of the fighter jets recognized antiaircraft missiles locking onto their plane, prompting them to eject, Ynet news reported.

The IAF estimates that the Syrians were successful in downing the F-16 jet as a result of a technical issue in which the proper defense systems in the warplane were not activated. Following which, military experts had analyzed the footage released by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) on Saturday night and said that the Iranian drone was called Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) whose design was based off a USA aerial vehicle. "A good way to achieve both objectives would be back Israel's response to Iran's aggression - now and in the future".

They are vying for control of the Middle East in the wake of the Syrian civil war.

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Israel was reluctant to get involved in the Syrian conflict, as was Turkey, and they are now dealing with the consequences of holding back. Because the worldwide circumstances will not allow neither Israel nor Iran to change radically the regional balance of power as they like it.

In other words, Russian Federation has been able to thread the hard needle that allowed it to back Syria and indirectly aid Iran for two years plus without making an outright enemy of Israel.

"We do not know what the mission of the Iranian drone was".

Despite militarily backing Assad's government for nearly three years, Russian Federation has allowed Israel freedom of movement in Syria's skies and a statement distributed by Netanyahu's office after their phone call on Saturday insisted that would continue. "We agreed that coordination between our armies would continue", Netanyahu said in a televised statement.

These developments are changing the rules of engagement because Israel shelled Iranian targets, killing several Iranians.

This shows that the Syrian conflict could easily escalate to a full-scale regional war or even direct conflict between the great powers. Perhaps Turkey received mixed signals from Syria-and its allies in Iran and Russia-about the Kurdish problem?

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the press that hat the recent escalation in Syria is at the top of his agenda and he is keeping a close eye on the situation. There are the forces loyal to Bashar Assad, militants controlled by Iran including those from Hezbollah, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) supported by Turkey, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which includes the USA -backed People's Protection Units (YPG), Daesh - which nobody knows who is behind - and the Nusra Front, which benefits from the support of various players who change frequently.

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