Observatory: 19 Iranians Killed in 2 Days of Israeli Strikes on Syria

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Netanyahu also told Putin that Iran meant to fire missiles at Israel, and made it clear that the IDF would respond with force to any attack. Moscow does not want Iran to disturb this, or create sufficient problems for Israel that the US gets back into the Syrian conflict in Israel's defense.

United Nations:UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Syria and Israel to halt all hostile acts in light of their recent conflicts of rocket firing and missile strikes, his spokesperson said.

Mr Keane said: "Syria for Iran is a strategic anchor in the region". So why are things escalating now? Mohammad Javad Zarif will later fly to Moscow and Brussels to consult with the remaining signatories to the 2015 agreement denounced by President Donald Trump. They also talked, of course, but both sides have been remarkably tight-lipped about what was said (or at least, what Putin said) and what, if anything, was agreed to.

In the first comments by Iran since Thursday's wave of strikes, the Foreign Ministry condemned the "blatant violation of Syria's sovereignty", Press TV reported.

"This might be prime timing, with the Trump announcement, to try and undermine that leverage ... because, clearly, they've crushed a lot of their opposition in Syria", said Alvi.

Israel might attack airports in Lebanon, Syria and even Iraq to prevent the movement of Iranian troops and equipment.

"This is a risky moment and it will take real restraint on both sides to keep this from escalating into a major conflict", she told ThinkProgress by email.

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Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who is allied with Hizballah, told the Associated Press in an interview that some 1,000 USA troops that are stationed in northern and eastern Syria to fight the Islamic State extremist group may be in danger.

"It's really annoying that the Iranian government is never blamed for the really bad decisions they have taken lately concerning business, and only the sanctions are blamed", she said.

Ever since the year 2000, Israel's strategy has been to hope that Hezbollah's missiles will simply rust and not be used against us.

Israeli leaders assess that the Israeli action has made it clear to Tehran that it does not possess the operational infrastructure it needs in Syria to successfully contend with IDF capabilities, the report said.

Israel said its Thursday strikes were in response to a barrage of Iranian rockets on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights, the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

Israel's defense minister issued his own warning, saying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will face only "damage and problems" unless he kicks the Iranian military presence out of his country.