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Massive explosions following what is said to be a missile strike tonight in #Latakia & #Tartus provinces ofwestern #Syria.

#Iran-backed Assad regime's air defense forces have responded, sources say.

Seeking further confirmation.
Huge blasts shaking #Syria's coastal area.
Assad's air defense units continuing their firing.
#Syria: military sources saying tonight's attacks are coming from the Mediterranean to the west.
Video shows explosions in #Latakia.
Air defense units in Hama, Latakia & Tartus provinces responding.
Initial reports from sources indicate military bases & an industrial facility were among the targets in strikes in #Latakia & other areas of the country's west coast.
Sources are citing residents in Tartus, western #Syria, saying they witnessed an "aerial battle" claiming Russian air defense units stationed in a naval base & the Khmeimim airbase were very active. (Can't 100% confirm)
Photos: Explosions & air defense units in Latakia.
Reports indicate a general has been killed in tonight's attack on #Iran-backed Assad bases in coastal areas of #Syria.
A number of arms caches & Assad's military industrial sites were targeted.

Dissident Syrian General Ahmad Rahhal:

"The Military Industrial Technology Institute is not in Latakia. This is Assad lying. This institute is a warehouse of Russian SCUD missiles & #Iran-made missiles stocked at this site."
Images show crater & the remains of a number of missiles fired tonight, targeting several Iran-backed Assad military sites in #Syria's coastal areas, sources say.

Seeking confirmation.
This proves the #Iran-backed Assad air defense units in #Syria are active.
They just need some practice selecting the right targets.
This video is said to be Tartus province in western #Syria, showing a powerful blast & sources say the sound of a jet is clearly heard prior to the impact.
Sources in #Syra are saying last night's attack coordinated between Israel Air Force & UK/US ships, parallel to a total of 28 cruise missiles fired.
10 casualties reported in Latakia.
Video shows multiple strikes southeast of Baniyas, sources say.
Don't hold your breath.

Russian Defense Ministry:
An RuAF Il-20 electronic reconnaissance plane with a crew of 14 disappeared from radar during last night's air strikes on #Syria's coastal areas.
Sites of #Iran-backed Assad regime were targeted in Latakia & Tartus.
(File Photo)
Russian Il-20 was shot down by Syrian S-200 missile, says Russian Ministry of Defense during recent airstrikes.

Further proves highly advanced electronic warfare was involved, confusing units of Assad, Russia & Iran stationed in #Syria.

(File Photos)
Russian Defense Ministry releases a map showing four sites near Latakia of western #Syria said to be struck by Israel
- Syrian Air Force Aerodrome,
- Aluminium Factory (said to be an industrial complex)
- a military base
- an oil/fuel depot
Israel claims responsibility for last night's strikes against Bashar Assad's forces in #Syria's west coasts, says #Iran's regime intended to transfer precision-targeting weapons to Lebanon.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador.

My gut tells me an even bigger story will develop.

Rest assured #Iran's regime is terrified about who Trump/Pompeo will appoint as their new envoy.
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More reason why a firm policy is needed against Tehran.
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Sources say "hardliners" are voicing threats about the signing of this bill.

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Read more about Iran & the FATF here:
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#Iran's #FakeNews machine at work:

"It did not say where Zahedifar was arrested. In a video carried by state broadcaster IRIB, a blindfolded man who identified himself as Zahedifar denied he had fled Iran."
Here's the video.

What a coincidence (!), all of this developing just "a week after Tehran sentenced three people to death in a drive against economic crimes."

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