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17.05.2018 - 14:17 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Says Informed Russia Ahead Large-scale Strike on Iranian Targets in Syria

(10.5.2018) Israel forewarned Russia of its strikes on Thursday against multiple targets in Syria, an Israeli military spokesman said.

„The Russians were informed prior to our attack by the established mechanisms that we have,“ Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters without elaborating.

09.05.2018 - 07:37 [ Reuters ]

Syrian state media says Israel attacked just after U.S. quit Iran deal

Syrian state media accused Israel of launching missiles at a target near Damascus on Tuesday, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the Iranian nuclear deal, a move that had prompted Israel to go on high alert.

30.04.2018 - 17:29 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israeli minister threatens to strike ‘Iranian footholds’ in Syria and Tehran

(26.4.2018) Israel’s Minister of Defence has vowed to destroy any “Iranian foothold” in Syria, and even strike Tehran if Tel Aviv is attacked. Avigdor Lieberman made his comments in an interview with Saudi-owned Elaph news site on Thursday during his trip to Washington for meetings with US officials.

18.04.2018 - 21:32 [ Haaretz ]

‚Jewish Man‘ Attacked in Berlin Admits He’s an Israeli-Arab Who Didn’t Believe Germany Was anti-Semitic

„I’m not Jewish, I’m an Israeli, I grew up in Israel in an Arab family,“ the man told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

He was conducting what he termed an „experiment“ in response to a warning from a friend that wearing a kippa in Germany was unsafe, saying he refused to believe this.

An interview by Israeli broadcaster Kann identified the 21-year-old as Israeli Adam Armoush and showed that he was slightly injured by the belt.

14.04.2018 - 13:30 [ Organisation des Nordatlantikvertrages ]

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on the actions against the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities and capabilities

I support the actions taken by the United States, the United Kingdom and France against the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities and capabilities. This will reduce the regime’s ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons.

NATO has consistently condemned Syria’s continued use of chemical weapons as a clear breach of international norms and agreements. The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, and those responsible must be held accountable.

12.04.2018 - 06:46 [ Charles Shoebridge, former army officer, Scotland Yard detective and counter terrorism intelligence officer / Twitter ]

Update: BBC journalist who admitted (see above) that #Syria rebels & activists manipulate photos of dead children has now protected his account, meaning only followers (including Syria rebel backing activists) can see his tweets. A screenshot of the now hidden new tweet is here:

11.04.2018 - 19:15 [ Syrian Arab News Agency ]

Al-Jaafari: Western threats to attack Syria will not dissuade it from confronting any aggression regardless of its source

New York, SANA – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that the threats by Western states to launch an aggression on Syria and their maneuvers, misdirection, lies, and terrorism will not dissuade Syria from preserving its sovereignty and territorial integrity and from confronting any aggression regardless of its source, adding that Syria will not allow any of the permanent or non-permanent member states to do in Syria what they have done in Iraq or Libya.

Speaking during a session of the Security Council on the situation in Syria on Tuesday, al-Jaafari said “The US representative said that there is a single monster today which stands in the face of the whole world, and it is a monster which has armed and financed terrorists for more than seven years in Syria, and I say that this monster is the US, Britain, and France who sponsored terrorism in Syria and before it in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.”

11.04.2018 - 19:03 [ Tass ]

White Helmets staged Douma ‘chemical weapons attack’ on civilians — Russian General Staff

The chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma was staged and filmed by members of the White Helmets organization, First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Department Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir told reporters on Wednesday.

„On April 7, probably the last attempt to stage a chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta was made. The notorious White Helmets, who operate as part of terrorist groups, staged and filmed a chemical weapons attack on civilians in the town of Douma,“ he said.

09.04.2018 - 03:36 [ New York Times ]

As Trump Seeks Way Out of Syria, New Attack Pulls Him Back In

Days after President Trump said he wanted to pull the United States out of Syria, Syrian forces hit a suburb of Damascus with bombs that rescue workers said unleashed toxic gas.

Within hours, images of dead families sprawled in their homes threatened to change Mr. Trump’s calculus on Syria, possibly drawing him deeper into an intractable Middle Eastern war that he hoped to leave.

08.04.2018 - 20:24 [ New York Times ]

Trump Vows ‘Big Price’ for Syria Attack, Raising Prospect of Missile Strike

(8.4.2018) President Trump on Sunday promised a “big price” to be paid for what he said was a chemical weapons attack that choked dozens of Syrians to death the day before, and a top White House official said the administration would not rule out a missile strike to retaliate against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.