U.S. strikes on Syria 'justified', says Israeli official

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The Western missile strikes demonstrate the volatile nature of the Syrian civil war, which started in March 2011 as an anti-Assad uprising but is now a proxy conflict involving a number of world and regional powers and a myriad of insurgent groups.

The Israeli military said the drone was based on the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, which Iran intercepted during what the U.S. called a reconnaissance mission in December 2011.

The Iranian drone is eerily similar to a United States drone that Iran captured in 2011. Any intervention increases the risk of a clash with Russian forces in Syria to defend Assad. "By intercepting the Iranian UAV, IAF combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out in Israel", the IDF spokesperson explained.

Syria, Iran and Russian Federation say Israel was behind an air strike on a Syrian air base on Monday that killed seven Iranian military personnel, something Israel has neither confirmed nor denied.

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Israeli officials did not comment on the airstrike.

Israeli leaders have warned that they will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence near its border in Syria, where it could stage attacks. But Iran is different because its presence depends so much on Russian Federation; without an air force or land borders it has to tolerate everything that hits it, even if Israel strikes its bases time and time again. One was named as a colonel in the air force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

In Britain, Sky News reported claims there had been an "explosion in Syria near a pro-Assad base where Iranian fighters were stationed".

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Khamenei has harshly responded to the Syrian operation of the West Coalition, APA reports.

The United States, along with assurance from France and the United Kingdom, launched a response Friday against the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad days after his government allegedly used chemical weapons on its citizens.

The missile was launched from Sadaa, the coalition added. Trump has already indicated he would like to withdraw the estimated 2,000 USA ground troops in northern Syria, where they've been assisting Syrian Kurds to defeat Islamic State militants.

On Thursday, Trump put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen "very soon or not so soon at all".

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