Thursday, April 19, 2018

Israel withdraws its F-15's from upcoming Red Flag Exercise....are they closer to a fight with Iran than we thought?

via Haaretz.
The Israeli air force has cancelled the participation of its F-15 planes in a joint exercise with the U.S. air force due to rising tensions in the north of Israel. This is the first time the air force was to have participated in the Red Flag exercises. The air force may send some representatives, but no planes will participate.

The “Red Flag” exercise is scheduled to be held in Alaska, along with U.S. warplanes. The exercise is to be a unique one, meant to practice operating in scenarios of snow, ice and harsh weather.

On Tuesday, a commander in the Syrian army told Reuters that the action of aerial defense systems in Syria the previous night was the result of a cyberattack by the U.S. and Israel. The commander, who remained anonymous, said that this was an “electronic attack” on Syrian radar systems. He said that this conclusion was reached by Russian experts who had investigated the issue.

With the activation of these systems, the official Syrian news agency reported they had intercepted missiles launched at the al-Shayrat air base near Homs. Following the publication of these reports, the Pentagon announced there had been no U.S. army activity in the area.

Last week Russia and Syria announced that Israel had attacked the Syrian T4 air base near Homs. The Russian army announcement said that two Israeli air force jets had fired eight missiles at the base from Lebanese air space. Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that the attack on the Syrian base was a dangerous development. Israel did not respond to these claims.
Story here. 

Israel should have a care.  Support remains but if they're found to be instigating another fight then that support could easily fall away. 

This prolonged fight in Syria is doing as all prolonged fights do...they're spiraling from low and simmering to hot and deadly.

The longer the US is involved in this mess the closer we get to that regional war that all have been predicting.

Unfortunately I'm beginning to believe that Israeli actions, a country that I support, might be making matters worse.

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