Israeli strikes on Syria kill two dozen foreign fighters

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Israeli strikes on Syria kill two dozen foreign fighters

MARTIN: What are the broader implications of the USA leaving the Iran nuclear deal for these two countries, Iran and Israel, in their particular dynamic?

The Guardian said that Trump's announcement that the United States was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal erupted hostilities in the Middle East, and CNBC said that Iran's economy could spiral because of the U.S. withdrawal from the deal, which would reimpose previous sanctions.

Iran is attempting to "create an axis from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea" to "surround us and create a war of attrition", the ex-Israeli army chief said.

"If Israel hits Syrian or Iranian forces, there will be retaliation".

But last night the Iranians actually appear to have got off their shots - firing some 20 rockets at Israeli military positions on the Golan Heights.

For their side, the Israeli army said that the overnight Israeli airstrikes on Syria have set back Iran's military capabilities there by "many months". Israel fired back on Thursday, hitting dozens of Iranian targets in Syria.

An Iranian state television presenter announced the Israeli strikes, sourcing the information to Syria's state-run SANA news agency. No one on the Israeli side was reported to have been injured.

"I hope we've finished this episode and everyone understood". The rockets were all either intercepted or fell short of their mark in Syrian territory, the spokesman said, but were nevertheless a significant escalation in Iran's maneuvers in the Middle East.

The Israeli security cabinet estimates that the recent IDF activity in the area made it clear to the Iranians that they do not have enough operational resources to deal with the superiority of the IDF.

It also has spy drones that it can use to attack from the sky. Another rocket hit an ammunition warehouse, it said. The strikes were Israel's largest air operation in Syria since the 1973 war.

In strikes near the capital on Wednesday, the Observatory said at least 15 were killed, including eight Iranians.

"Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) bears full responsibility for the consequences of its reckless actions", the statement added.

Israel has been blamed for a series of recent strikes inside Syria that have killed Iranians, though it did not acknowledged those raids.

The strikes on Kisweh came shortly after President Donald Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and resulted in the deaths of 15 people, eight of whom were Iranians, according to the war monitor.

Iran has not commented on the accusations.

Israel has repeatedly targeted weapons shipments destined for Hezbollah, taking advantage of the group's thinly-spread fighters preoccupied by the war in Syria.

- Syria shelled northern Israel from the Golan Heights between 1948 and 1967. Leaders in both countries may be eager for the USA to have a military confrontation with Iran, but they would prefer to cheer on Mr Trump from the sidelines rather than become involved in a war themselves.

He said: "We will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria". They are trying to transfer forces and deadly weapons there with the explicit goal of attacking the State of Israel.

However, it is important to keep in mind that Israel has always taken pride in being the only U.S. ally capable of defending itself by itself.

Putin, as one of the few leaders who has good relations and significant influence with both Israel and Iran, urged restraint. He called the situation "very alarming".

The tensions worry Russian Federation, which wants to stabilise Syria.

In Tehran, senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said the Western pressure will backfire, threatening that Israel will pay the price.

Iran's military installations were among the targets, along with those of the Shia Muslim group Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

But the war in Syria has greatly increased the proximity of Iranian-backed forces to Israel's borders.

Assad told the paper that "wise Russian leadership" would prevent such an event, describing the current conflict as "something more than a cold war, less than a full-blown war". "We assess it will take substantial time to replenish".

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