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#15081 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 0635 AM

https://www.defensew...__Media_reports

Russian Su-35 aircraft intercepted Israeli warplanes over southern Syria on night of September 10, a day after 18 persons were killed in a suspected Israeli attack on a Syrian army post hosting Iran-affiliated militia.

The Russian aircraft took off from the Khmeimim air base and intercepted Israeli aircraft over southern Syria, Russian website, Avia.pro reported citing unnamed sources. A couple of other Russian news resources too reported this incident without attribution.

Israel has not commented on this development and earlier reports of its aircraft striking supposedly Iranian positions inside Syria. The Russian MoD too has not made any comment about its warplanes intercepting Israeli aircraft.

Installations of S-300 missile systems by the Syrians do not seem to deter Israeli whose aircraft attack Syrian targets with impunity. However, with Russian warplanes in the sky, the Israeli aircraft withdrew without confrontation, another Russian website, Avia.ru writes.

Russia was under pressure from Syria since the attack on September 9 when Iraeli warplanes targeted a Syrian arms depot and posts hosting  Iranian advisors in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, killing at least 18 persons in a nighttime attack.

Significantly, during his visit to the Russian city of Sochi on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country must be allowed to act freely against Iran.


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#15082 Nobu

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 0942 AM

I would say that Netanyahu and Israel just received Russia's response.


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 1236 PM

I suspect Israel will not be deterred and that working out a framework to avoid future interceptions was part of three hour talk.
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Posted 13 September 2019 - 1625 PM

The airstrike of the 9th was conducted against two sets of warehouses on a sprawling Iranian base just on the Iraqi border, on Iran's road to the Med:

 

Location of Iranian base:

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North:

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South

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 0735 AM

https://www.jpost.co...in-Syria-601618

 

Nature of the friction between Russia and Israel involves attacks on the Syrian army and targets in Lebanon, not attacks on Iranian targets.  Doesn't sound from this article like anything was accomplished by the Israeli visit to Moscow.  


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#15086 Roman Alymov

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 1000 AM

.  Doesn't sound from this article like anything was accomplished by the Israeli visit to Moscow.  

Not Israel visit – but Netanyahu visit. He is seeking reelection (his career and even fate depends on result) and gaining political support from Russia is important, taking in consideration all ex-Russian Jews who still watch Russian TV. Posing next to Putin was the message for them
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Posters showing Netanyahu with world leaders – US, China, India, Russia – on Netanyahu party HQ, reads “upper league”


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#15087 Mighty_Zuk

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 2144 PM

https://www.jpost.co...in-Syria-601618
 
Nature of the friction between Russia and Israel involves attacks on the Syrian army and targets in Lebanon, not attacks on Iranian targets.  Doesn't sound from this article like anything was accomplished by the Israeli visit to Moscow.  


Which is odd to say the least, as Israel has never, during the civil war, attacked SAA targets other than in retaliation.
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Posted Yesterday, 02:40 PM

Didnt the last raid killed some Syrians at an SAA facility that was used by Iran? In any case nothing will significantly change the calculus of the relationship.
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Posted Yesterday, 08:25 PM

Could be that Russia needs to placate their ally by showing some teeth to the Israelis, the IDF obliges by going up and then turning back when the teeth are shown, Syria happy, Russia is happy and Israel know the important bits are still in place.


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#15090 Simon Tan

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Posted Yesterday, 10:14 PM

No Bibi no cry....no Bibi no cry.
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#15091 Roman Alymov

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Posted Today, 02:44 PM

Not something new, but nice to see weapon supply tracked with shipment IDs


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