Why Weren't F-35s Used in Israel's Raids in Syria?

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One of the most confounding - and risky - aspects of the six-year-conflict in Syria is that its roster of combatants continues to broaden. Islamic State has been routed from most of its territory but still holds pockets of the Euphrates River valley.

A senior Iranian official said on Wednesday that Iran's military presence in Syria was legitimate and based on the invitation of Damascus, and called on U.S. forces to leave the country.

Other messages that the Israeli envoys were asked to convey included calls on the global community to pressure Iran to halt its support of the Hezbollah terror group and to prevent the organization from purchasing and manufacturing precision missiles which could be used to target Israel, Channel 10 reported. NATO member Turkey recently began attacking USA -backed Syrian Kurdish fighters in the country's north, the same Kurdish fighters that helped defeat Islamic State.

Speaking Wednesday at a United Nations Security Council briefing on Syria, the United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called Saturday's incursion by an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace "a wake-up call for all of us".

Hailey tied the incident to an attack by pro-Syrian regime forces on US-backed coalition forces last week, accusing "actors", likely a veiled reference to Iran, of engaging in "a unsafe game of pushing boundaries, instead of behaving responsibly and committing to peace".

Iran told the U.S.to withdraw its forces from Syria and cease operations there Wednesday because Washington's presence was deemed illegal by the local government.

The road to muzzling Iran's belligerence in Syria could go through Moscow, a tack the US and Israel should think hard about taking.