It's another aviation disaster for Iran, which for years was barred from buying airplane parts for needed maintenance due to Western sanctions over its nuclear program.
Schools have repeatedly been struck from the air by Saudi, UAE, Moroccan and Jordanian pilots using American-supplied planes and bombs, in a campaign backed by Washington and the United Kingdom.
As Syrian President Bashar Assad’s fight against Islamic State draws to a close, violence has exploded in other areas, threatening an even broader confrontation among regional and world powers.
Benjamin Netanyahu angrily rejects the accusations, which include accepting nearly $300,000 in gifts from a pair of billionaires.
The attacks were a response to an Iranian drone incursion. Israeli officials are concerned that Iran is establishing a permanent presence in Syria that could turn its aim toward Israel.
If Russia was involved, it may be a sign of Vladimir Putin’s determination to assert the prerogatives of his nation's sphere of influence in Syria.
Sigmar Gabriel expresses concern for Israel’s future, also telling an academic conference that the Netanyahu government’s ambivalence toward a Palestinian state shows a lack of direction.
“Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel,” Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu said, vowing that his country would do “whatever is necessary" in defense.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia reacts by saying a humanitarian cease-fire is "not realistic" because "the terrorists" are keeping up attacks.
In today’s climate of budget-busting “defense” appropriations, isn’t it finally time for Americans to apply a little logic to our disastrous pattern of war-making?