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TIP Expert Quoted in LA Times, NY Post on Downing of Syrian Jet

- July 27, 2018
LA TIMES: Israel shoots down Syrian jet as fighting escalates on edge of Golan Heights
The Israeli military said it shot down a Syrian fighter jet that crossed into Israeli airspace Tuesday amid fierce fighting on the Syrian side of the volatile border.
It was the latest in a series of confrontations that have heightened fears of a dangerous escalation in the region. Tensions between Israel and Syria, technically at war since 1948, have been building over the last month as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air power, have made sweeping gains against rebel factions in the southwest of the country.....
What worries Israel is whether Assad’s forces will be accompanied by fighters sent by Iran, some of whom are believed to be wearing Syrian uniforms.
“This is a problem we have to be very cautious about, to make sure Iran does not establish its forces along our border,” said retired Brig.Gen. Yossi Kuperwasser, a former head of the Israeli military’s Intelligence Research and Assessment Division.
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NY POST: Russia just proved it doesn’t have control in Syria
Over the weekend President Trump exchanged strong words with Iranian officials. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meanwhile, encouraged Iranians to resist their regime. Tehran, for its part, threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, through which some 20 percent of the world’s oil passes.
It’s an empty threat. Such a move would lead to a direct confrontation with America, and Tehran’s M.O. has long been to instigate proxy wars instead.
One of those proxy wars is raging on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, an area President Bashar al-Assad mostly ignored while fighting for his regime’s survival elsewhere in the country, but where now, aided by Russia and Iran, he’s completing his victory.....
Mostly, Israel is concerned that as Assad’s army takes over, it will give Iran a foothold on its border.
Iran has long used proxy militias — Shiite fighters from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere — to prop up Assad’s army. Now, “some of the forces that are wearing Syrian military uniforms are actually not Syrians, but forces arranged by Iran that were sent to fight for the Syrians,” a former Israeli military official, Yossi Kuperwasser, now with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told reporters Monday.
Iran, in other words, controls much of Assad’s army, and Israel won’t let it set up camp on its border.
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