The fog of war is thick in Syria. A Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane was shot down over the Mediterranean late Monday night by Russian-made air defense systems operated by Syrian forces, killing 15 Russian servicemen. The incident reportedly occurred as Israeli F-16s were carrying out airstrikes in Latakia province. (Earlier, Moscow claimed a French frigate nearby was also launching a barrage of missiles, but Paris denied any involvement.) The Russian Defense Ministry put the blame squarely on Israel, saying Israeli warplanes used the Il-20 as cover for their operations, thus deliberately putting it in the line of fire. The ministry also claims that Israel warned Russia of the impending strikes less than a minute before they happened – not nearly enough time for the Il-20 to move to safety. Moscow has said it reserves the right to respond but has not elaborated on what that might mean. Israel and Russia have mostly been trying to stay out of each other’s way in Syria, and neither
Daily Memo: The Fog of War in Syria, Cooler Heads in Korea
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