Israel Shoots Down Syrian Recon Drone Over Golan Heights

Tyler Durden's picture

Early this morning, Reuters reported that Israel has intercepted and downed a Syrian reconnaissance drone approaching its northern border over Golan Heights.

The drone was shot down by the US-MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) system...

Over the Golan demilitarized zone that has separated Israeli and Syrian forces since the ceasefire after the 1973 war.

Lauren Izso, news anchor, correspondent for i24NEWS in Jaffa Port provides footage of this mornings incident...

The official Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter confirmed...

In another report, the IDF initially told Reuters it was a ‘Russian-manufactured’ UAV, but offered no evidence.

The military initially told Reuters the UAV was Russian-manufactured but offered no evidence. A military source later said it was unclear whether the UAV was indeed Russian-made.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, told Reuters “it was a reconnaissance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and not an attack UAV and we are checking whether there is any connection to Iran and Hezbollah”.

In response to the incident, “the State of Israel regards with utmost seriousness any violation of its sovereignty and will respond with force to any provocation,” made in a statement by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liebermam.

Sputnik provides the backdrop of why tensions are high in ‘disputed Golan Heights’ between Israel and Syria,

Israel and Syria have attacked each other on numerous occasions over the disputed Golan Heights, which were partly seized by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967; further gains were made by Israel as a result of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.


Meanwhile, the United Nations has repeatedly categorized Israel’s presence in the Golan Heights as an occupation, and called for the return of the territory to Syria.


The latest IDF attack on Syria occurred in September 2017, when the IDF attacked Syrian Arab Army forces in the province of Hama. However, the Israeli Defense Forces refused to comment on that incident.

This morning’s incident is not the first time. Back in September, Israel’s military shot down what it said was an ‘Iranian-made drone’ operated by Hezbollah over Golan. With the conflict in Syria, a spillover in fighting has occurred by both sides. Israel has carried out missions to stop Hezbollah from resupplying in Syria.

Bottomline: The complex web of who supports whom is starting to make sense. Israel is fighting Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group who supports Syrian President Bashar Assad. As the Saudis declare war on Lebanon and the Israeli-Saudi alliance grows, it seems as the Golan Heights region – is one area you should watch.

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Mr. Universe's picture

And so it begins...

svayambhu108's picture

And so beging the unwinding of the 20th century states: Saudi Arabia, Israel, etc

y3maxx's picture

"Strikes" (no pun intended) me that Israel is a giant sh*t disturber.

peddling-fiction's picture

The shootdown of the drone happened yesterday.

Refried beans.

YUNOSELL's picture

Sure it's not Israel shot down Israeli drone disguised as Syrian drone over Golan Heights? Sounds more believable

Restorative_Ally's picture

*Occupiers of the Palestinian mandate shoot down Syrian craft flying over Syria.

Troll Magnet's picture

Whatever the case, I hope the US sits this one out and let them settle, kill each other, whatever. Just DON’T GET INVOLVED, DONALD!

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

They aren't 'checking' if there is any Iranian connection, they're PRAYING for one

Troll Magnet's picture

You mean they’re fabricating one?

SteveK9's picture

'Donald' takes orders from Netanyahoo, so non-involvment is not likely.

Truther's picture

I swear I saw that Joo Anchor at the Ukranian "Maidan" with Nuland(er).


evoila's picture

$3M patriot missile chasing a $500 drone. That makes a lot of sense, except that its our taxpayer dollars that paid for that patriot missile!

NeedleDickTheBugFucker's picture

+$3MM.  I'm sure the bill has already been sent.

The U.S. is to Israel what a free, all you can eat buffet is to a fat person.


BennyBoy's picture


" approaching its northern border"

Approaching, not going over the border.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Who said Jews were stingy with "our" missiles?

SteveK9's picture

It's also the 'border' of the illegaly-occupied Golan Heights.  Even if it crossed this 'border' it would still be inside Syria.

Crazy Or Not's picture

IDF A: "What kind of Drone?"
IDF B: "Organic - Dove with Olive Branch"
IDF A: "Clear and present danger to State of Israel then!" 

BandGap's picture

Roughly 60 miles from the Mountain of Megiddo, also know as Armageddon.

Throat-warbler Mangrove's picture

Been there.  Israeli national park, belive it or not.  Got the "I survived Armageddon" t-shirt.  "Ar" means hill or mountain according to my guide at the time.

HRClinton's picture

This is GREAT news!  Keep sending cheap drones to force IDF to use up its expensive Patriot missiles.

As the Patriot gets close, have the drone self-destruct, thus forcing the Patriot to do likewise or land in Syrian territory.

And have nearby one record its telemetry, etc.

"By Deception we shall wage War" is a game all combatants can play.

Sonder's picture

It began the moment that chunk of desert was awarded to the tribe for merely existing. 

Implied Violins's picture

Yeah, and I bet that drone says 'made in, China'.

hsun85's picture

and S&P makes another record high

therealestg9's picture

The crazy thing is how Putin wins no matter what happens. If war between the two sides is somehow prevented, then he wins due to an increased Russian power presence over Iran and Syria. If however, war does break out between Iran and Saudi Arabia/Israel, then Putin still wins due to the increased oil price. Countries in Europe will be forced to buy even more oil from Russia, at a heavily inflated price. 

In.Sip.ient's picture

Yeah, and Iran/ Syria become big Russian MIC customers real quick...


MEFOBILLS's picture

Russia doesn't have a MIC in the mold of U.S. They still have a bureau-like system.  Russia keeps plenty of designers busy, but designed platforms are not necessarily acquired.  Also, Russian military tells its design bureaus what their needs are, rather than vice versa.  I use the term bureau loosely, they are companies, but it is not necessary to "make things" to make money.

If an output is dramatically different, then there is likely a systemic reason.  Russia's complex operates differently, and more efficiently than U.S. MIC.  

 Russia is able to develop many excellent weapon systems cheaply and quickly.

U.S. MIC wastes a phenomenal amount of money.   With a much smaller population, Russia's military complex is outperforming U.S. MIC


 Russian Chief of General Staff, General Gerasimov, has announced that Russia had completed what he called a “non-nuclear deterrence system” based on the Iskander-M, Kalibr and X-101 missiles. According to General Gerasimov, the Russian armed forces now have enough high-precision weapon systems to strike at any target within a 4000km range. Furthermore, Gerasimov declared that the number of platforms capable of launching such missiles has increased twelve times while the number of high precision cruise missiles has increased by a factor 30. General Gerasimov also explained that the combined capabilities of the Kalibr cruise missile, the Bastion mobile coastal defense missile system and the S-400 air defense system made it possible for Russia to fully control the airspace and surface of the Baltic, Barents, Black and Mediterranean seas (talk about A2AD!). Gerasimov concluded his briefing by saying “the development of high-precision weapons has made it possible to place the main burden of strategic deterrence from nuclear to non-nuclear forces”.


Gardentoolnumber5's picture

Frankly, at this point I"m rooting for the Optometrist and the Bear. Of course this drone is Iranian just like the gas was Syrian, the Iraq WMD, the Viet attack in the GoT, they just keep on with the lies. Oh yeah, Iran attacked the WTC on 9-11. They just keep making shit up and throw it at the wall. The wall being us.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Mr. Assad is an eye surgeon.

And let me add this:

The JFK files(heavily redacted) were released now because there are there some added material regarding Osama Bin Laden and the "involvement" of Iran in sponsoring terrorism.They fabricated this BS and that IS THE ONLY REASON they released the files.

Prelude to the war on Iran .

serotonindumptruck's picture

When I was first taught the game of chess, it was emphasized to me that one must never play defensively.

Attack. Attack. Attack.

Always be attacking your opponent.

Once an opponent begins to react in a purely defensive manner, then it's probably over, and any such defensive 'strategy' is only prolonging the inevitable.

Diatom's picture

The level of entropy of a 2D chess game is no match for the  level of entropy

of real life multidimensional geopolitics.

You just need to look at Russia entering the Syrian war... 2 years ago...

Everything is upside down in the ME now...

Consuelo's picture



The situation may well appear to be 'upside down', but in reality, it is little different than it was in the 60's & 70's.   The circle is coming back around.  Only the players are different, not the goals.

In.Sip.ient's picture


" Israel has intercepted and downed a Syrian reconnaissance drone approaching its northern border over Golan Heights. "


While I support Israel's right to self defense, one does have to ask...


Was that UAV actually over the Golan ( inside Israeli territory ) or NOT???


Does that perhaps explain the "problem" with identifying who made it?


BTW, is "stork" IDF code for SA-200... you know that "thing" that hit

those F-35s???


Fish Gone Bad's picture

Techically it was a "hi tech" stork that took out the F-35. 

BarkingCat's picture

Golan Heights a Syrian territory not Israel's.

They are occupying it.

Late onset ADHD's picture

always starts with 'little' incidents...

MaxThrust's picture

How do any of us know for sure it was a Syrian drone? Its possible therewas no drone at all and this is just propaganda. Why would any country waste an expensive patriot missle on a drone?

It's bullshit for breakfast I guess.

Minack's picture

Who wastes a million dollar PAC missile on a 30 thousand (probably much less) dollar drone?

ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

A patriot missle cost about 4.5 million, thats "million" dollars each.

Minack's picture

They're about 2-3 mil each according to wiki, but I believe Israel gets a US taxpayer subsidized discount.

Eyes Opened's picture

Amazon have 'em for $500,000...

Ironically... they'll even deliver ' drone...  

Global Douche's picture

They'll do like the fucking bankers do. Pick up the phone and call the Fed Res.... "Mr. Powell, run those printing presses please!"

Consuelo's picture



Yep.   And those are gold (parachute) plated $millions you betcha.   like, $200 hammers and how much were those Pentagram toilets of lore...?

There isn't anything 'rare' or irreplaceable in those Patriot missiles.    They can roll those things out like sausage.    It's nothing more than a raping of the $taxpayer, because they can...  

Megaton Jim's picture

Kikes do, if it's not their money!

HRClinton's picture

You're missing the more important issue than cost:  FINITE SUPPLY.

Bet ya there are are a lot more drones to be ahad than Patriots.

See where this is going, Von Clausewitz?

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I think Costco has drones for real cheap now.  They could launch a swarm of them and deplete a billion $$$ worth of missiles.