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US increases pressure on Iran, warns other players not to impede sanctions
“We are acting against a complex scheme Iran and Russia have used to bolster the [Bashar] Assad regime and generate funds for Iranian malign activity,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
US envoy accuses Iran of secretly subverting Syria’s president
Iranian forces are in Syria to carry out their own long-term regional hegemonic program and subvert the authority of the state, says U.S. envoy for Syrian conflict James Jeffrey.
The Middle East needs strategic vision, not moral outrage
Let’s be clear. All Arab rulers are prepared, if necessary, to murder those who stand in the way of their political ambitions. So let’s move on.
Turkey’s Syrian quagmire
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan does not understand that his biggest divergence with Russia is over the future of all of Syria, not just a Syrian province.
Pilots mark planes used to bomb Syrian nuclear reactor in anniversary ceremony
Noting the 11-year anniversary of the destruction of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s secret nuclear reactor in Deir el-Zour, the Israeli Air Force conducted a ceremony emblazoning warplanes that took part in the strike with special markings.
Jonathan S. Tobin
Who shall live and who shall die? The lessons of Syria
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was bashed for extolling strength and deploring weakness. The ongoing slaughter in Syria illustrates the wisdom of his sentiment.
End of the Syrian war represents a risk for Israel
The Europeans want to find a mechanism that would repatriate the Syrian refugees from Europe; the Americans want to ensure that Iranian forces leave the country. But neither goals are likely to be met.
Israel strikes airbase near Damascus, Arab media reports
Reports say Israeli airstrike caused five explosions and an unknown number of casualties at Mezzeh airbase near the Syrian capital.
IDF hits Syrian position after mortar fire in buffer zone
The safe zone between Israel and Syria has turned into a de facto refuge for residents of southern Syria, who have escaped in the tens of thousands from the Daraa region under attack in recent weeks.
IDF grants entry to two Syrian adults and four new orphans in wake of Assad attacks
The six were injured in a renewed offensive against anti-regime forces in the southwestern Daraa region and were allowed entry to Israel after local leaders made contact with the Jewish state to ask for help.
‘Operation Good Neighbor’ delivers tents, food, clothing to Syrian refugees via IDF
The aid was transferred to refugee camps in southern and central parts of the Syrian-held Golan Heights from four different entry points along the Israel-Syria border.
Israeli minister: Assad is signing ‘death warrant’ if Iran attacks from Syria
“If Syrian President Bashar Assad continues allowing the Iranians to operate out of Syria, it would be the end of him, the end of his regime,” said Israel’s Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz.
Jonathan S. Tobin
Better than Obama is not good enough
Allied airstrikes on Syria were praiseworthy. But the mission left unaccomplished is the Iranian threat, backed by Russia, which the Trump administration is ignoring.
From JNS's Military Correspondent
Analysis: Minimal strike on Assad shows extent of Russian deterrence
While the purpose was to target Syria’s chemical-weapons capabilities, in actuality, the strikes are more of an indication of Russia’s successful ability to cause Western powers to limit their action.
Conflicting interests in Syria create a dangerous complexity for Russia and Israel
Can Israel and Russia work together to find a peaceful and common solution to the situation in Syria? Two experts weigh in for JNS.