How the (Proxy) War Between Iran and Israel Started

Syrian forces stand on the rubble of damage buildings in al Hajar al-Aswad Syria

Syrian forces stand on the rubble of damage buildings in al Hajar al-Aswad Syria

While underlining that the Syrian government has approved Iran's military presence on its territory, Ghasemi said that "those who came to Syria without permission from the Syrian government and violated its territorial integrity should leave". Israel announced that following rockets launched from Syria by the Iranian Al Quds force, Israeli jets attacked scores of Iranian targets in Syria such as intelligence and logistic sites of the Al Quds force including arms depot at Damascus worldwide airport.

The Russian envoy said: "This is a very complex matter, because these measures must be implemented collectively, and start in parallel with a stabilizing process, because the military part is nearing its end and the confrontations are now in a final stage".

Israeli relations with Iran are strained over Tehran's curtailed, yet still existing nuclear program, hostile rhetoric and support for Syria in its fight against terrorist groups.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced later that his country had destroyed nearly all of Iran's significant military infrastructure in Syria.

The spokesman went on to say that as a committed party to the JCPOA, following the unilateral, illegal and scandalous withdrawal of the United States from the multi-national agreement, the Islamic Republic of Iran will remain in the deal as long as the remaining sides acknowledge Iran's rights under the accord.

Not only has Iran not withdrawn from the deal, but Iranian officials are working hard to find a solution in case they can save the deal between themselves and the Europeans along with Russian Federation and China as parties to this worldwide treaty.

The West can not force the private sector to engage with Iran if it does not wish to do so, or if it is fearful of U.S. punishment.

A senior diplomat says Damascus views any Israeli attack on Syria an act of "aggression" and will confront it, following Israel's raids under the pretext of targeting Iranian forces.

The successful strategic dialogue between Israel and Russia has enabled Jerusalem to maintain its interests in Syria and Lebanon in recent years while avoiding friction with Moscow and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Army Gen. Ali Mayhoub announced that military operations in and around the capital had been a success and that the area is "completely secure" after the army captured former ISIS strongholds of Yarmouk refugee camp and the Hajar al-Aswad district south of the capital.

The ultra-hardline jihadist group the Islamic State, which was driven from most of the Euphrates River valley previous year, now controls only two besieged desert areas in eastern Syria. State TV showed images of troops moving in, waving the Syrian flag and flashing victory signs atop wrecked buildings in the destroyed neighborhood.

The move boosts morale and security in Assad's seat of power, putting it out of range of insurgents' mortar fire and shells for the first time in almost seven years.

This long-distance animosity became near-distance when Iran managed to push its influence close to Israel's borders thanks to its allies in Syria and Lebanon. Earlier this month, it launched a blistering bombardment of Iranian positions in Syria after an alleged Iranian rocket barrage toward its positions on the annexed Golan Heights.

A war-monitoring group said about 1,600 people, including hundreds of Islamic State gunmen, left the area Saturday and Sunday, heading toward the desert in the east of the country after a deal with the government.

Syrian state media reported the blasts at the time but did not provide any details, while the Observatory had said they were likely due to a technical malfunction.

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