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Thread: Did Israeli F-35s fly into Iranian airspace undetected?

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    Exclamation Did Israeli F-35s fly into Iranian airspace undetected?

    From The Jerusalem Post:

    Two Israeli F-35 fighter jets entered Iranian airspace over the past month, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Thursday. The act is a signal of heightened regional tensions, especially in light of recent Israeli military attacks in Syria, including against Iranian bases in the country.

    Sources quoted in Al-Jarida stated that two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran, and even targeted locations in the Iranian cities Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz.

    The report states that the two fighter jets, among the most advanced in the world, circled at high altitude above Persian Gulf sites suspected of being associated with the Iranian nuclear program.

    It also states that the two jets went undetected by radar, including by the Russian radar system located in Syria. The source refused to confirm if the operation was undertaken in coordination with the US army, which has recently conducted joint exercises with the IDF...

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    Since Begin's lie about some Kuwaiti newspaper citing Saddam Hussein's statement about 'developing nukes to burn Israel', back in 1981, I'm extremely cautious about any Israeli reports citing some 'Kuwaiti newspapers'.

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    Might this help to explain the claims?

    Taken from an IISS Strategic Comment (mainly behind a paywall) and refers to the drone incident on 10 February 2018:
    The Israeli response was apparently spring-loaded. In a large-scale operation, the Israeli Air Force immediately struck the base – Tiyas, or T-4 – from which the drone had been launched and claimed to have destroyed Syria’s main command-and-control bunker at the same time. Simultaneously, it carried out a sweeping attack against Syria’s air defences, resulting in the destruction or incapacitation of half of Syria’s air-defence infrastructure, according to Israeli sources. Iranian installations were also targeted. Israel, for its part, lost an F-16 fighter jetflying at high altitude to a Syrian S-200 anti-aircraft missile over Israeli airspace. This was the first loss of an Israeli aircraft to enemy fire in 38 years, and can perhaps be ascribed to pilot error: the crew evidently failed to take evasive measures, perhaps owing to overconfidence.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to clarify the stakes by declaring that henceforth, Israel would not be content with responding to Iranian provocations by striking its facilities in Syria. He stated that next time, Israel would take the fight to Iran itself. Tehran denied that it had launched any drone, describing Israel’s account of the incident as ‘ridiculous’.

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