Russia Warned Iran about Israel's Plan to Attack — Arab Newspaper

Russia Warned Iran about Israel's Plan to Attack — Arab Newspaper

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

Israeli minister Avigdor Lieberman said Assad should especially beware of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Quds Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that oversees operations outside Iran's borders.

"It's nearly as though [Israel] is saying, 'Now that that announcement is made and we know that Iran is supporting Hezbollah ... that it's fair game to hit Iran inside Syria, '" Alvi told ThinkProgress, referring to the largely Shia Lebanese force present in Syria and fighting alongside Iran and Russian Federation in support of Assad's troops.

Iran sent massive military help to its ally, Assad, to rescue his rule against armed rebellion during that country's seven-year-old civil war.

On Thursday, the White House condemned Iran's rocket attacks but failed to mention Israel's strikes on military targets in Syria.

It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees that it could maintain trade ties despite renewed USA sanctions. A source close to Iran's National Security Council told the newspaper that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov arrived in Tehran on Wednesday and met with Iranian officials on Syria.

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The most striking thing about Israel's attacks on Iranian targets has been Russia's muted reaction.

Iran denies that version of events, saying the Israeli strikes were launched on "invented pretexts". It is only using the agreement, he argues, as a means both to "lull into complacency" the West and others about Iran's nuclear program and to motivate America and the West to overlook Iran's regional ambitions and hostility toward Israel in order to preserve the nuclear accord.

"Six Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters, including 11 Iranians" were among the dead, said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman. Meanwhile, Iran's government has faced growing domestic criticism for pursuing expensive military adventures overseas while the economy stagnates; this latest setback is likely to fuel those grievances.

What does the nuclear deal have to do with rising tensions? That barrage came soon after President Donald J. Trump's announcement Tuesday that he is ending the United States' participation in the Iran nuclear deal.

Russian Federation last month hinted it would supply the weapons to President Bashar al-Assad, over Israeli objections, after Western military strikes on Syria.

At this writing, there has been no further military action from either side since the Thursday morning Israel counterstrike.

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