Israel intercepts Iranian drone, an IAF F-16 is hit while striking Iranian target in Syria. Pilots eject safely

An aerial clash occurring between, Syria and Iran early Saturday Feb. 10, is ongoing. An Iranian drone was downed after entering Israeli air space from Syria. An Israeli F-16 was hit while attacking the Iranian launch pad.

The Iranian drone was downed over the Golan heading towards Tiberias. The incident triggered sirens in the Bet Shean valley as an Israeli Patriot and aircraft were scrambled to shoot it down. According to the IDF communique, the Iranian drone was successfully intercepted by an Apache combat helicopter and The drone was downed by an Israeli Apache and recovered intact. The drone was quickly identified by Israel air defense systems and tracked all the way until it was brought down. Israel retaliated with an air strike against the Iranian launch pad near Palmyra in central Syria. The explosions heard in the Golan, causing another round of alerts, were caused by Syrian anti-air fire which hit one of the Israeli F-16 planes. The two pilots ejected safely in northern Israel and were taken to hospital in stable condition. Residents were advised to remain vigilant since the event is still ongoing.

This was the first direct military incident between Israel and Iran since the Syrian war broke out in 2011.DEBKAfile’s military sources reported on Wednesday, Feb. 7, that Iran had recently armed its military units in Syria and its Hizballah proxy with a supply of its newest drone, Mohajer 6 (Migrant) which carries smart precision bombs. The IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot has convened an urgent meeting of the General Command and is managing the incident together with the Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amiram Nurkin.

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51 thoughts on “Israel intercepts Iranian drone, an IAF F-16 is hit while striking Iranian target in Syria. Pilots eject safely

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 7:48 at 7:48

    Has the potential of turning out to be the spark that ignites it all in earnest.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 7:59 at 7:59

    Iran has put a significant military presence within easy reach of the IDF in nearby Syria. I hope that Israel takes advantage of this fact.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 8:06 at 8:06

    Israel will back down, or else….

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 21:00 at 21:00


  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 8:20 at 8:20

    Israel ?? is going to have to nuke Teheran it may as well be now

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 10:51 at 10:51

      nothing is going to be “nuked” – to suggest this is very naive at best. The politics is still playing out.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 8:25 at 8:25

    Israel will win the impending war in Syria and at last rid itself of the “thorns and briers” that have been sticking in his sides for decades, but at a huge cost for itself, i.e. it will be left in a greatly weakened condition.

    “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap… And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean” (Isa. 17:1-4).

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 11:00 at 11:00

      No Tracker: Isa.17 is about the scond exile. Sennacherib who will take the rest of Israel in exile. Its also a warning to Aram. The final chapter of Zechariah will say something about the future.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 8:37 at 8:37

    so after this incident everyone should expect one of three scenarios

    1) Israel surgically strikes Iranian/Syrian military posts in Syria ,, SYRIANS DON’T RETALIATE nothing happens
    2) Israel does nothing….Syria/Iran/Hizbula FLEX
    3) Israel hit Syrian military targets once again in the next 2 to 6 hours , and ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE

    “Grab popcorn.JPG “

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 15:06 at 15:06

      “all hell breaks loose”? after 6 years of civil war, assad doesn’t have enough regular force to withstand a battle with israel; iran has a “foreign legion” of shiite militias in syria, and both are hiding behind the russians, who are deployed as a counter-insurgency force, with cordial relations (at least) with israel. and two days ago, the americans destroyed a force that attacked them in northeast syria.

      it might be the beginning of bad times for the iranian adventure in syria.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 8:53 at 8:53

    The IDF will target the battery that shot down its F16…
    It has been a long time since the IDF lost a plane in the Middle East due to enemy fire… It would be interesting to know more about it. Has the Syrian Army implemented new capabilities?

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 9:35 at 9:35

      To answer your question, it seems to be a better air defense system, which probably came from the Russians, who are playing the two sides against each other, either that or the russians do not have the kind of clout we all think they do. Israel must as a matter of necessity respond disproportionately to this uptick in the Assad regimes boldness else this downing will be a huge propaganda tool for the iranian axis

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 12:31 at 12:31

      Hopefully IOF learnt a lesson and stops it’s aggression in Syria and Lebanon.

      • Feb 10, 2018 @ 15:09 at 15:09

        very funny. the syrians have been burning down what’s left of syria for the last 7 years, and you’re obsessed with israel, troll?

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 9:28 at 9:28

    first time since 1976 war,an israeli plane shut down by syrian
    israel loses sovereignty in the air, the Golan is lost

    • Feb 14, 2018 @ 3:07 at 3:07

      or at least that’s the way it happens in pallywood movies. rotflmao.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 9:33 at 9:33

    This incident might push the F-35 to the battle front and we will finally see how good this plane is/ISN’T…
    We’ll finally see if the limited low observability of the frontal section will be enough to grant its survivability or if it will be shoot down on it’s way back home.
    If the F-35 will be pushed to the battle front we might also expect a higher effort to bring it down to examine it… Russia might give to the Syrian Army a good tip off or transfer technology to do the job…
    The loose of a F-35 over Syria would be a nightmare for Lockheed Martnin and for the entire US arms industry…

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 12:33 at 12:33

      One was damaged a few months ago and Israeli said it had a bird attack!

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 14:22 at 14:22

      They all still have a hotspot in their ass begging for an IR missile to ram them from behind.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 9:38 at 9:38

    Hahahahaha …. u guys are gonna get fuuuuucckkeeed

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 10:08 at 10:08


  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 9:56 at 9:56

    Probably just a coincidence, but perhaps someones leash was loosened just a bit ;).

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 10:35 at 10:35

    The Iranians will be hit, hard. The IAF does not need to penetrate Syrian airspace to lauch a barrage of fire. I don’t believe this will erupt into bigger warfare: nobody wants to take on the IDF

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 10:38 at 10:38

    Just so– from Jpost:
    n a major flare up on Israel’s northern border, Israel carried out a large-scale attack against Syrian air defenses and Iranian targets in the war-torn country after an Israeli F-16 crashed during operations to strike Iranian targets in Syria early Saturday morning.

    According to a statement released by the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit, 12 targets were attacked, including three Syrians air defense batteries and four Iranian targets which were part of the Islamic Republic’s buildup in Syria.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 10:41 at 10:41

    even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile yea if this goes full blown Israel will beat assad down he is week and relying on paid fighters imo israel should use this to protect the kurds and run hezbollah down

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 10:49 at 10:49

    yea the only way assad stays if he sues for peace or if russia moves a 100k troops to syria and that will not happen israel has Jordan with the Americans in the north and south and imo one big kick will blow the whole thing down which is why Assad will not do anything he has a decent size air defense but with the new haarm missles they will make short work of it in a week the syrian airforce wouldnt last a day as we have seen 59 tomahawks took one base down with ease and putin knows this he will push assad to back off this

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 11:47 at 11:47

      Bashar Al Assad lacks the sense of the red line that his father Hafez had… And he is in a very bad position… He has two masters to listen too… Russia and Iran… Russia will probably allwayse try to cool him while Iran will allwayse explore every possibility to ignite a confrontation with Israel… If Iran would spend all the money that they spend for destabilizing the Middle East to improove the quality of life for their citizens Iran wold be better than Dubai… But they are to warried at restoring the persian empire…

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 10:53 at 10:53

    Why the F-16 had two pilots?

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 11:06 at 11:06

      Good point

    • Feb 14, 2018 @ 3:13 at 3:13

      because the f-16i is a two-seater. giyf.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 10:59 at 10:59

    What crops up from the preliminary analysis is that Iranians used a drone as a bait to lure the IAF to a highly fortified area which the drone originated from.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 11:03 at 11:03

    ISISrael is the aggressor here 100%…….ISISrael is constantly causing trouble……WELL DONE SYRIA FOR DEFENDING YOUR PEOPLE AND COUNTRY…..these rights are not just for ISISrael…

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 11:28 at 11:28

      No that’s not true. Israel’s enemies are 100% at fault.

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 11:38 at 11:38

      If you lived next to failed states occupied by Iranians, Russians, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, the PA, etc., and all that scum wanted to destroy your country; in fact, their religion urges them to kill your citizens, would you have the same stupid opinions about defending your own country as you have about Israel defending its people and land?

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 13:38 at 13:38

      Spoken like a true child who was brought up with the propaganda drilled in him by his leftist, pro-Islamist professors.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 11:27 at 11:27

    La fin des virus de la terre israél Daech Boko Haram le 10.2.2018 pour éviter l’extermination de la ville des illumunatis les francs maçons les fondateurs de Daech Boko Haram les architectes des guerres et les révoltes arabe Astana en Kazakhstan par ces punitions d’ ALLAH un fort séisme astéroïde si la fin du monde Février 2018 aux êtres humains et aux djinns de se convertir a l’islam pour éviter l’enfer.

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 11:32 at 11:32

      For those interested…this is the translation of the crap this idiot posted…

      The end of the Israeli land virus Daesh Boko Haram on 10.2.2018 to avoid the extermination of the city of illuminunatis the freemasons the founders of Daesh Boko Haram the architects of the wars and Arab revolts Astana in Kazakhstan by these punishments of ALLAH a strong asteroid earthquake if the end of the world February 2018 to humans and jinn to convert to Islam to avoid hell.

      haha! he’s got freemasons and illuminati in there and everything! wacko weirdo haha poor person

      • Feb 10, 2018 @ 13:34 at 13:34

        That guy, mehdi mountather, sure has a bad case of mental derangement!

    • Feb 14, 2018 @ 3:17 at 3:17

      and what have you got lined up for march, in case your asteroid doesn’t show up?

      in the good old days, they used to stone false prophets. now we can only ridicule the fools to death…

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 11:40 at 11:40

    Chess players usually start a new game with the same opening moves… The syrian/russian/iranian knows Israel very good… They know well that once they shoot at a IAF plane or launch an UAV the IAF will retaliate against that battery or that launch pad… I’m still curious at what they used to shoot down the F16… If the russians supplied some new stuff to the syrians, maybe they wanted to test their new gears and they lured the F16 in to a trap… This time the flight of the syrian missile didn’t get to the balistic stage and the IDF Arrow didn’t shoot at it… Or maybe the russians didn’t supply any new stuff and it was just a lucky shoot 🙂
    We will see…

    • Feb 10, 2018 @ 13:36 at 13:36

      If you risk starting a war just to “test your equipment,” then what does that tell you about the evil nature of Islamists and their Russian backers?

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 13:04 at 13:04

    Oh Israel is the victim again from it’s own aggression against the Syrian state…..pathetic… have been attacking Syria for years and now Syria fires back and you are like children throwing toys out of the pram…..

    • Feb 14, 2018 @ 3:24 at 3:24

      yup. if you’re intellectually challenged, and missed the part about the iranian copy of the american (armed) stealth drone.

      why do ethe arabs always whine about israeli “aggression”, when israel defends herself, successfully?

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 17:19 at 17:19

    Thanks the American Jews who voted Obama who in turn let a high-tech drone being “hijacked” by Iran. China got the tech too. Not mentioning tonnes of cash being directed to them.

    Stop flooding our countries with muslims, moron commies, you lost almost all support from general population. Which population, in my region of Eastern Europe, was butchered by communist Jews for 2 decades in numbers greater than Holocaust (i.e. more than 2-3 million), before and after WW2.

    • Feb 14, 2018 @ 3:26 at 3:26

      get a brain, cabbage head.

  • Feb 10, 2018 @ 21:03 at 21:03

    Israel needs to return to the cease fire line of the 73 war 25 km from Damascus… Israel withdrew under the cease fire truce which is now breached and dead.

  • Feb 11, 2018 @ 3:29 at 3:29

    Wishing the Pilots a speedy recovery.
    #1) Syria will be losing most of their ground to air missiles in the next few days.
    #2)The Syrian/Iranian airbase in Palmyra will be put out of action.
    #3) All Hezbollah and Iranian backed militias in SW Syria must be eliminated.

    Israel must show strength now as the Iranians and all of Israel’s enemies will call this a victory and will become ’emboldened’. Without an determined Israeli operation, it’s enemies will not stand idle. The Israeli Air Force needs to eliminate all AA batteries in southwestern Syria. Israel must now eliminate all Hezbollah positions as well as Iranian or Iranian backed positions permanently in south western Syria. Putin should and most likely will refrain from interfering. He knows that the IAF and the IDF will take complete control of both air and ground operations in SW Syria. He also knows that Israel will back off only when all Iranian and Hezbollah troops are out of this. Putin will need to get them out of Syria or face US and Israel head on. He will not do that. He has enough issues with Turkey in the north. The US has already given Israel the ‘green light’ to begin.

  • Feb 11, 2018 @ 18:24 at 18:24

    interesting how the attack helicopter was just in the right place to take down the UAV. it had been tracked since it took off so they had time to prepare. seems it was hardly damaged, so it will be interesting to quite a few people

  • Feb 12, 2018 @ 18:46 at 18:46

    That was due to 25 russian made anti aircraft missiles shot at a single F16 over enemy territory. What you said is not true by a long shot, Thank G-d! And it still only got the tail, they were able to eject safely.

    • Feb 14, 2018 @ 3:32 at 3:32

      it should still never have happened. israel has stand-off weapons that could have been fired from 100 km out. not beyond the range of the biggest missiles, but far enough to give the pilots a chance to react.

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