Syrian drone intercepted after approaching Israeli airspace

Israeli forces look out over the border fence between the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights and Syria

Israeli Forces Shoot Down Drone on Syrian Border – IDF

Yet, even if major forces agree upon suspending fights, we should be anxious about the new stage indicators of regional confrontations inside and outside Syria.

First, the US must take Israeli concerns about Iran's presence in Syria more seriously. If it hadn't been for the Russian air support, the Iranian militias wouldn't have expanded and wouldn't have survived defeat.

The U.S. official, speaking to reporters at a briefing in Danang, Vietnam, said Russian Federation and the U.S. agreed to get Assad to the peace process in Geneva.

In the latest incident, the Israeli military said it shot down a spy drone on Saturday as it overflew the Golan.

"It was a reconnaissance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and not an attack UAV and we are checking whether there is any connection to Iran and Hizballah", Conricus said. However, the internationally acceptable positioning, albeit temporary, would mean regional conflict between Iraq, Israel and Turkey, all of which are getting ready for the "post-ceasefire" stage.Recently published satellite maps show that Iran is building a series of small military bases, extending from the southern suburbs of Damascus to the Golan, apart from the military compounds built by Lebanese Hezbollah in its positions in other areas inside Syria.

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Like the rest of the region's countries, Israel underestimated Iran's infiltration of Syria. It thought that the civil war served its interests - a sectarian swamp that would involve Hezbollah and Iranian forces against Daesh, and they all must have lost a significant number of their forces and fighters during the past three years. Israel has been closely watching Iran's involvement in the war in neighboring Syria.

Israel sees Hezbollah as an advanced Iranian battalion that's part of the conflict over influence in the Middle East and which is nurtured by the expected agreement to stop fighting in Syria while accepting the Iranians' presence there. "We view the Syrian regime as responsible and call on it to restrain all the elements operating from its territory".

A UAV was intercepted by a Patriot defense system after it approached Israeli airspace on Saturday.

Repeating Israel's warnings to Iran and Hizbollah, Lieberman said: "We will not allow the Shiite axis to establish Syria as its forefront base".

Information for this article was contributed by Ilya Arkhipov, Nick Wadhams and Natasha Doff of Bloomberg News; and by staff members of The Associated Press.

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