Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Foreces Major General Mohammad Baqeri called on Syrian nation to maintain unity and reject divisive plots hatched by foreign enemies. Speaking at a meeting with his Syrian counterpart General Ali Abdullah Ayoub in Tehran on Monday, Baqeri denounced the attacks by the Israeli regime and US against the Arab country and underlined that Syrian people “should maintain unity and national solidarity and conduct Syrian-Syrian talks and keep vigilance about divisive plots hatched by foreign sides”. Baqeri said the Syrian Army and nation have shown brave resistance in the face of Takfiri terrorists’ crimes, and hailed achievements made by the Syrian Army and nation in fully liberating the city of Aleppo from the control of terrorists and releasing the people in the Shiite-populated villages of al-Foua and Kefraya. Also at the meeting, the Syrian commander Ayoub, said Iran’s military advisory support for his country had played a decisive role in the continuation of the Syrians’ resistance and their major victories against terrorists and the Israeli regime. The two commander further underscored the necessity to boost and expand the cooperation between the two countries’ armed forces. Heading a high-ranking military delegation, Ayoub arrived in Tehran on Monday to hold talks with Iranian officials on ways to strengthen relations between the two countries’ armed forces.
An Israeli Patriot missile shot down a Syrian drone over the Golan. The incident took place in the early evening hours and according to military officials, the drone was most likely on a surveillance mission against Syrian rebels based near the border and breached Israel’s airspace accidentally. Another defense official told that the incident was not necessarily linked to the fact that in the early hours of Thursday morning Israeli fighter jets struck a weapons supply depot operated by Hezbollah near Damascus International Airport. The strike targeted Iranian weapons shipped into Syria via commercial and military cargo planes. In comments in an interview with Venezuelan television carried by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, Assad said Israel was supporting terrorists with military strikes in Syria, but made no direct mention of Thursday’s incident. He further said his government was in talks with Russia to purchase the “most advanced” anti-missile defense system “that will counter the American and Israeli threats. It’s only natural we should have such systems.”. Given the history of the Israeli regime, we see that they had [pursued] nothing but war and bloodshed. Therefore, this regime must be completely disarmed. “And only after this regime would be completely eliminated, we can restore security and peace”, he said.