Israel strikes 'dozens' of Iranian targets in Syria

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Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to expel Iranian forces from his country, after Israeli air strikes hit alleged Iranian targets in Syria. Israel has every right to defend itself. It marked a new period of escalation between the two enemies. The cross-border exchange gave way to a war of words.

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Thursday's sorties targeted IRGC intelligence centers, weapons depots, storage facilities, observation posts, and logistics centers in Syria, as well as the rocket launcher that carried out the initial attack, the army said.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says this time the Syrian retaliation was in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights but next time it will be in Israel proper. Many Israeli businesses worked in Iran and built the infrastructure in many fields: agriculture, construction, and they had many good times between the two countries.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said Thursday that Iran had been trying to orchestrate an attack for a month, but Israel thwarted its attempts. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu humiliated the ayatollah regime by unmasking its duplicitous nature and showing the world the staggering amount of nuclear files that Mossad secretly smuggled from Iran.

Israel said it attacked Iranian intelligence facilities and logistics compounds, a military base and other posts, as well as munition storage warehouses of the Quds forces at Damascus worldwide airport. One key point here is to understand the not playing the role it might have played traditionally where we would've been acting with the Russians to get the Russians to contain the Iranians.

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Iranian Quds Force commander Maj. Perhaps to maintain its image among its regional supporters, the IRGC needed to show that it was retaliating to the attack on the airbase in which seven Iranian militia members were killed.

After Trump announced the USA withdrawal from the deal on Tuesday, Rouhani warned that Iran would resume uranium enrichment at an even higher rate if the accord collapses.

Zarif's comments came as thousands of Iranians took to the streets in the largest demonstration since US President Donald Trump announced his decision to abandon the deal on Tuesday.

We need a strategy that both isolates Iran and closes off Tehran's nuclear pathway by giving the United States and our allies access to the tools of financial and diplomatic pressure needed to confront the totality of the threat posed by the Islamic Republic's revolutionary military dictatorship. The worshippers chanted: "Death to America", and "Death to Israel".

Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned the strikes, calling them a "blatant violation of the country's sovereignty".

With the capture of the three suburbs, the only area outside government control in Damascus is that of the neighborhood of Hajar al-Aswad and the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk that are partially controlled by ISIS.

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