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It was the largest incursion since Taiwan reported 30 Chinese aircraft in its ADIZ on May 30. The largest to date this year occurred on Jan. 23, involving 39 aircraft.
However, the Syrian civil war led the regime to rely more on Hezbollah, and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps entered Syria to help the regime. Russia intervened in 2015 at the invitation of Damascus to help defeat the rebels. With the rebels mostly defeated by 2018, it was Turkey’s turn to intervene. Syria became like Germany was to Europe during the Thirty Years’ War – a place where countries intervene and where the locals pay the price.