Iran Signs Agreement to Bolster Syria's Air Defense Systems


Iran's military chief has signed an agreement with Syria's president to reinforce Syria's air defense systems as part of a military cooperation agreement, Iranian state TV reported Friday.

Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, met with Syria President Bashar Assad during his second visit to Syria since 2019.

Assad said the agreement signed by both sides is the result of "years of cooperation for confronting terrorism" in Syria.

Bagheri said it "will improve the determination of the two nations to confront U.S. pressures." He didn't elaborate.

U.S. ally Israel has occasionally attacked Iranian forces in Syria that Iran says are there to support Syria's fight against rebel groups as part of the country's 9-year civil war.

Israel views Iranian entrenchment on its northern frontier as a red line, and it has repeatedly struck Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

In a brief video aired on Iranian state TV, Assad is seen receiving Bagheri and his delegation.

In November, Israeli fighter jets hit multiple targets belonging to Iran's elite Quds force in Syria following rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

Iran, which rarely comments on Israeli strikes, is the No. 1 regional supporter of Assad while also supporting anti-Israel militant groups like Palestinian Hamas and Hezbollah.

Comments 7
Missing sanctify 10 July 2020, 09:53

This should be posted in the comedy section.

Missing un520 10 July 2020, 12:39

I know the financial situation for Iran is bad, but is it fair to send their thrash to Syria and demand payment for it?

Thumb whyaskwhy 10 July 2020, 14:21

Loooool this is just classic. So bankrupt iran that camnot defend itself from israels airforce now will share their 1970 Korean technology with bankrupt Syria? Oh yeah I can see Israeli airforce pilots rling over with laughter

Thumb farsical.resistance 10 July 2020, 15:15

This is a game changer :'-)

Thumb s.o.s 10 July 2020, 16:14

We’re safe now, just expect a few airliners to mysteriously blow up in the skies.

Missing samiam 10 July 2020, 18:26

lol--I was going to say something like that.

Missing phillipo 10 July 2020, 21:54

So now the Syrians will be able to sue the Iranians for supplying them with arms that have gone past their expiry date.