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Russia sandwiched in Syria between Israel, Iran

Maxim A. Suchkov (Al Monitor) Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu paid a two-day visit this week to Israel — his first as the top Russian military commander. On Oct. 16, Shoigu met in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of General Staff Gadi …

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From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

 Iran’s military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, raising tensions with Israel as it voices deep concern over Tehran’s influence in Syria. General Mohammad Baqeri pledged to increase cooperation with Syria’s military to fight Israel and insurgents, Iranian and Syrian …

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Iran military chief warns: Israeli violations of Syria are ‘unacceptable’

Iran’s military chief of staff indicated Wednesday that Tehran would not tolerate violations of Syrian sovereignty by Israel and vowed that the two countries would jointly fight against Syria’s enemies. His comments came after Israel on Monday struck an anti-aircraft battery inside Syria, which followed the firing of a Syrian missile …

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Israel Is Going to War in Syria to Fight Iran

Israeli officials believe that Iran is winning its bid for dominance in the Middle East, and they are mobilizing to counter the regional realignment that threatens to follow. The focus of Israel’s military and diplomatic campaign is Syria. Israeli jets have struck Hezbollah and Syrian regime facilities and convoys dozens …

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Netanyahu Tells Putin Iran’s Growing Syria Presence Threatens World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Iran’s growing presence in Syria “poses a threat to Israel, the Middle East, and the whole world.” “Mr. President, with joint efforts we are defeating Islamic State, and this is a very important thing. But the bad thing …

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Iran and Israel are poised for war in Syria

Herbert London (The Hill) When it comes to the Middle East the only surprise is when there aren’t surprises. At the moment, the defeat of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) strongholds in Mosul and Raqqa in a force led by Hezbollah and Iraqi troops with U.S. Special Forces …

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Managing Escalation Dynamics with Iran in Syria and Beyond

Michael Eisenstadt – The Washington Institute   n recent weeks, U.S. forces have clashed in Syria with regime or Iran-supported pro-regime forces on at least a half-dozen occasions. This has raised concerns that with the impending military defeat of the Islamic State in Syria and the scramble to fill the resulting …

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Iraqi Kurdish leader says no turning back on independence bid

By Samia Nakhoul, Maher Chmaytelli and Stephen Kalin (Reuters) Iraq’s Kurdish leader said on Thursday that there was no turning back on a bid to achieve an independent Kurdish state, but he would pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid conflict. Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), told …

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5 Reasons America Should Not Fight Iran, Russia and Assad in Syria

aaron David Mille & Richard Sokolsky ( National Interest) The idea du jour circulating inside the Trump administration and among terrorism experts and Syria watchers alike is that ISIS cannot be destroyed in Syria unless Bashar al-Assad is removed from power and Iran’s presence and influence are drastically curtailed. And …

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Iran’s Ambitions in the Levant

Ehud Yaari (Foreign Affaires) In the words of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the administration of President Donald Trump is currently “reviewing ways to confront challenges posed by Iran.” This most likely means looking for ways in which to curb Iran’s expansionism in the Middle East. But for any containment …

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