The US is seeking to push all foreign military forces from Syria, the US ambassador to the country said. Besides Russian ones, of course.
US Ambassador to Syria James Jeffrey said Wednesday that Washington hopes Russia will allow Israeli forces to bomb Iranian military forces in Syrian territory after the delivery of S-300 air defense systems.
“Russia has been permissive, in consultation with the Israelis, about Israeli strikes against Iranian targets inside Syria. We certainly hope that that permissive approach will continue,” Jeffrey said during a press conference, according to Business Insider.
Earlier in October, Russia delivered its S-300 air defense systems to Syria following an incident in which a Russian Il-20 aircraft was shot down by a Syrian S-200 missile because of maneuvers carried out by Israeli jets.
Iran is another key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, besides Russia. However, israel considers Tehran its number one enemy and vowed to fight Iran’s military build-up in the bordering Syria.
“israel has an existential interest in blocking Iran from deploying long-range power projection systems… inside Syria to be used against Israel. We understand the existential interest and we support Israel,” Jeffrey said.
The Il-20 incident has underscored the risks connected with having several military forces in one war theater, Jeffrey added.
“Our immediate effort is to try to calm that situation down and then move on to a…