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    Iran Pledges to Confront Israel After Attack on Syrian Air Defense

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    Iran's Military Chief has warned Israel against violating Syrian airspace in the wake of this week's attack of Israeli Air Force on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria.

    "It's not acceptable for the Zionist regime to violate the land and airspace of Syria anytime it wants," Baqeri said during a news conference with his Syrian counterpart Ali Abdullah Ayoub in Damascus on Wednesday, and promised to increase cooperation with the Syrian military "to confront our common enemies, the Zionists and terrorists".

    The sides established the board lines for this cooperation.

    Iranian Military Chief of Staff General Mohammad Baqeri. (File)
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    Iranian Military Chief of Staff General Mohammad Baqeri. (File)

    The comments of the Iran's Chief of Staff come in the follow up to the attack of the Israeli Air Force on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria, which had allegedly shelled at Israeli warplanes as they were conducting a reconnaissance mission at the Syria-Lebanon border.

    The Syrian Army however said the Israeli aircraft violated Syria's airspace near the border with Lebanon in the early hours of Monday and therefore had been attacked by its defense systems.

    Israeli Air Forces earlier said that its jets have struck Hezbollah and Syrian military facilities and convoys nearly 100 times during the six-year-long war, with the goal of preventing the transfer of weapons from Iran to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah group.

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