U.S. Defense Secretary Warns of Israel-Iran Military Confrontation in Syria

(The National-Abu Dhabi) Joyce Karam - U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that Iran is not only expanding and strengthening its presence in Syria but also "bringing advanced weapons for Hizbullah through Syria." Israel, he said, "will not wait to see those missiles in the air and we hope Iran would pull back." Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, said the Iranian presence in Syria was becoming a "hugely explosive issue." "The threat is unacceptable and Israel can't continue to watch it grow. What it means is they [Israelis] need to do something," and so "we started to see more aggressive, more risky strikes."

2018-04-27 00:00:00

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