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Despite the UN Security Council adopting a 30-day ceasefire for #Syria, today's bombings by #Assad in #EastGhouta have left over 20 dead, reports indicate.
Don't be silent. #Iran & #Russia cannot be trusted. Action is needed.
Thanks to #Iran sending billions to Assad in #Syria, a 3-year-old children died Sunday & 13 others suffered breathing difficulties in #EasternGhouta following a suspected chemical attack.
#SaveSyria #SaveGhouta
Reports indicate #Iran-backed Assad forces are staging yet another ground assault on #Eastern_Ghouta.
107 civilians, including 34 children & 18 women, have been killed by regime forces 72 hours into the UNSC #Syia "ceasefire," reports add.
#SaveGhouta #SaveSyria
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, meeting with a number of officials from Damascus, described #Assad as a "great fighter," adding "it is our duty to support #Syria."
Over 500,000 are dead & 11 million displaced due to this #Iran-backed war.
And thanks to #Obama.
I believe this is an important cause for #Syria, to help save the terrorised civilians of #EasternGhouta from the Assad regime & its allies, especially #Iran's regime.
Please help out by signing this petition & spread the word.
#SaveSyria #SaveGhouta
In a recent meeting with senior #Syria officials, #Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei makes new threats:
"The day when you hold mass prayers in Quds (Jerusalem) will come soon."
More reason for #IranProtests & #RegimeChange.
@mdubowitz @omriceren @CliffordDMay @FranTownsend
Activists holding a rally outside #Iran's consulate in Istanbul condemning the massacres committed by Tehran's regime in #Syria.
#SaveSyrianChildren #SaveSyria #SaveGhouta #الغوطة_الشرقية
This child was found by the UNHCR in the middle of the desert fleeing alone from #Syria to #Jordan. He has lost his entire family & the clothes of his mother & sister are in his bag...
This is thanks to #Obama that further enabled #Iran's meddling & #Russia's bombings in Syria...
We are in a world where condemnations no longer bear weight. Meaningful actions are necessary against #Iran, being #Assad's main sponsor in #Syria. Such measures will also send the necessary message to #Russia.
#SaveSyrianChildren #SaveGhouta #SaveSyria
Senator Lindsey Graham:
“…if we don't push #Iran out & come up with an agreement in Geneva that gives #Syria back to the Syrians. This war never ends... If you leave Syria in the hands of #Russia & the Iranians this war never ends.”
#EasternGhouta, #Syria
Reports indicate Assad's bombing campaign in the past 24 hours has left over 100 civilians dead. There is also news of a new chlorine attack in this region, leaving 32 injured, including 28 women & children.
US Ambassador to the UN @nikkihaley threatens military action against #Syria:
"When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action."
Couldn't have come at a worse timing for #Iran‌.
#Syria's dictator Bashar #Assad claims to have liberated #EasternGhouta near Damascus & inspected the area himself.
This, however, is the statement issued by the main Russian military base on the Syrian coast announcing the Russian air force has established security.
Reports indicate Assad's forces dropped barrel bombs containing chemical agents, possibly even Sarin, on #Douma in #EasternGhouta, located east of Damascus in #Syria, leaving more than 150 people killed & 1,000 others injured.
#Iran's regime supports Assad
Video from #Douma in #EasternGhouta, near Damascus in #Syria, shows three small children suffering after what is being described as a deadly chemical attack by Assad's forces.
Support from #Iran & #Russia, with Obama turning his back, has led to this horrible situation.
Orient TV, associated to the #Syria'n opposition, reports the number of casualties in the latest #Douma chemical attack has climbed over 190 deaths.
#Iran & #Russia must be stopped from supporting Assad.
Video shows dozens of children, most likely killed, after last night's chemical attack in #Douma in #EastGhouta near Damascus, #Syria.
#Iran & #Russia supporting Assad in #DoumaMassacre.
Video shows the result of a monster (Assad) supported by #Iran & #Russia, gassing innocent civilians in #Douma of #EastGhouta near Damascus, #Syria with sarin gas.
For the love of God, until when is the world going to allow Assad, supported by #Iran & #Russia, to gas innocent civilians, this time in #Douma of #EastGhouta near Damascus, #Syria with sarin gas?
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Informed sources in Washington indicate #Turkey, #Iraq & #Jordan are agreeing behind closed doors to allow the US use their airspace for imminent air/missile attack against #Assad forces in #Syria.
#BreakingNews - THREAD
This comes after Ankara signed secret deals with Moscow & Tehran last week in reference to #Syria. It now appears Turkey no longer wishes to play its part in these agreements.
#BreakingNews - THREAD
Sources in Washington say the White House intends to take firm action against #Syria. Prior to this, Washington has asked Moscow to distance their forces from those of Assad, the Lebanese Hezbollah & #Iran's IRGC Quds Force.
#BreakingNews - THREAD
Sources indicate these actions will be very punishing & severely weaken the Assad regime in #Syria, and adding further measures would shift Washington's focus to regime change in Damascus & disrupt Trump's upcoming plans for #Iran.
US strategic bombers entering Cambridgeshire, UK, reports show.
#Iran is deeply concerned of its future interests in #Syria.
French Rafael warplanes enter Saint-Dizir airbase to take part in an imminent #Syria attack along with the US & the UK.
US officials say all equipment necessary for this attack are ready & waiting for #Trump's orders.
Social media reports are citing Fox News & other outlets indicating the US may launch its attack on #Syria in the next few hours.
Seeking confirmation.
US preparing military assault on #Syria
CNN reporting USS Eisenhower is in attack mode.
This massive carrier currently has 48 F-18 Hornets with heavy loads of ammunition.
#Trump "has been given a range of options, Pentagon officials confirmed..." on what appears to be an imminent US-led military assault on Assad's forces in #Syria.
There are reports indicating U.S. President Donald Trump has issued orders giving the go on strikes against Assad's forces in #Syria.
Sky News is citing Israeli sources saying #Syria dictator Bashar Assad evacuated his presidential palace with a Russian military convoy this morning in fear of a US-led military strike.
If #Iran uses #Syria soil to stage an attack on #Israel, Tel Aviv will wipe Bashar Assad and his regime off the map, Sky News reports.
Images of the T-4 base in #Syria where seven fighters of #Iran were killed after an alleged Israeli air attack are a striking reminder of what awaits Bashar Assad.
This has his main supporters in Tehran, and Moscow, extremely concerned.
If you ask me "Gas Killing Animal" is the best title one can give the dictator of #Syria, Bashar Assad, and a spot on message to his masters in Tehran, #Iran.
Report indicate in the past 48 hours 3 Syrian passenger planes have landed in Tehran's Mehrabad Airport & not returned. There is word that Assad's family & a number of senior regime officials were on board.
Further reports show 22 Syrian Sukhoi warplanes have flown over Iraq & landed in Shahid Vahdat airbase in Dezful, SW #Iran, the M15 airbase in Kermanshah, W Iran, & the Fakuri airbase in Tabriz, NW Iran.
IRGC bases are on high alert.
As a US-led attack on Assad's forces in #Syria looks more imminent, the Al Seen airbase in Zamir (TR) & T-4 airbase near Homs Province (BR) have been evacuated & all equipment transferred to Aleppo's Al Neyrab airbase (L), reports indicate.
Sky News:
Syrian opposition activists say dozens of Lebanese Hezbollah members of the Rezvan battalion fled Homs Province along with their families & arrived at the city of Yabrud, south of Damascus. They had completely evacuated the T-4 airbase after the recent attack.
Sky News:
#Syria's Bashar Assad has fled the presidential palace in fear of a US-led air attack. #Iran's IRGC, militias & the Lebanese Hezbollah have also reportedly evacuated their bases.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Wednesday that the Assad regime must be ousted in #Syria.
So much for Turkey's agreements with Russia and #Iran.
Sky News:
Second US aircraft carrier entering Mediterranean waters, according to American sources.
In an interview with Fox News, General Anthony Tata, former US commander in Afghanistan says it is clear this #Syria attack will be far more significant than last year's 59 cruise missile strike, adding this campaign may take a while.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking now:
"Conditions across the globe are concerning."
Sky News:
#Saudi air defense units intercept & destroy an object & a missile fired towards an airport inside their soil, both from #Yemen.
The object has been identified as an Iranian drone.
This is #Iran using the #Houthis to distract attention from #Syria.
Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman:
If #Iran responds to the attacks against #Syria, Tel Aviv will topple the Damascus regime & assassinate Bashar Assad.
Tehran may be spreading #FakeNews. This, however, shows how terrified they actually are.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman:
#SaudiArabi will take part in the possible attack against #Syria's Bashar Assad.
Russian Ambassador to Lebanon:
"#Russia will intercept & destroy any missile fired towards #Syria & also target the source."
Let's see if they live up to their words.
Sky News citing Le Figaro:
French Rafael warplanes will be taking part in airstrikes against Assad's targets in #Syria.
Sky News:
US Defense Minister James Mattis says Pentagon is ready to present military options for #Syria.
For a good laugh, Iranian users on the web are posting such images & citing the IRGC announcing their "readiness" to defend the Assad regime in #Syria against the US-led coalition using such "advanced, home-made equipment."
Russia reportedly altering routes of its Mediterranean warships, reports show.
16 naval vessels are distancing from areas based on a secret message Washington sent to Moscow, reports add.
This comes after Moscow threatened to down all missiles over #Syria.
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Lebanon & Israel on high alert for imminent US-led attack on #Syria.
Analysts say most important targets are military airbases (more than 25 in Syria), research centers in Qasioun of Damascus, academic centers in Aleppo, the 55th Missile Brigade in Damascus & ...
Republican Guard bases in Damascus, Air Force command, IRGC & #Iran-backed militia bases near Damascus, Fort Imam Hossein near Zebdani, the 4th Division in Homs (currently controlled by the IRGC).
Adding to #Iran's miseries:
- "Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin signaled on Wednesday the U.S. may impose 'very strong' sanctions on Iran"
- "primary & secondary sanctions would have an important impact on the Iranian economy"
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince advisor tweets a picture of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smiling and writing:
"You will no longer smile after today."
#Iran's IRGC & Lebanese Hezbollah forces in eastern #Syria, in Albu Kamal (map) and other areas close to Deir Ezzur, have reportedly evacuated their bases last night & relocated to the Iraq-Syria border, sources say.
#Iran IRGC forces have evacuated all their bases in Qalamoun (map) near Damascus & the Syria-Lebanon border, taking bunker in trenches or safe haven mosques & other public facilities, sources say.
IRGC plans to go into hiding inside #Syria.
IRGC forces lost 42 members in the attack on the T-4 airbase, yet they continue to lie and claim only seven died, sources say.
#Iran is terrified of US-led airstrikes as its forces have 102 military bases across #Syria, according to reports.
Round-up of various reports indicate the imminent US attack on #Syria will be in the composition of a coalition involving allies such as France, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia & other possible countries.
Following for further reports.
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Sky News:
US warships leaving Norfolk naval base & heading towards the Mediterranean Sea.
With further vessels being dispatched, does this signal a major military campaign against #Syria?
I'm sorry, but this is what I call ridiculous... losing one's mind before the inevitable:
This is definitely something to think about as #Trump weighs his options on #Syria:
Sky News:
US President Donald $Trump met with Defense Secretary James Mattis at the White House.
Mattis most likely placed the Pentagon's options on #Syria before Trump.
Sky News:
Aviation agencies are reiterating their warnings regarding air traffic over #Syria considering the possibility of surface-to-air & cruise missile attacks.
Sky News:
Kuwait Airways cancels all passenger flights to Beirut, Lebanon, following reports of an imminent & highly likely US-led attack against #Syria.
US "strongly condemns" #Houthi missile attack on Riyadh & backs #SaudiArabia "to defend their borders against these threats, which are fueled by the #Iran'ian regime’s dangerous proliferation of weapons and destabilizing activities in the region."
#Iran - 12 April 2018
Keyhan daily, known as the mouthpiece of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, boasts of #Yemen's #Houthis targeting the #Saudi Defense Ministry in Riyadh with missiles.
"The Daily Telegraph has learnt that Mrs May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of #Syria in readiness for strikes against the Assad regime that could begin as early as Thursday night."
Sky News:
British PM Theresa May will be meeting with her ministers today to gain their agreement on military strikes in #Syria. She has already ordered British submarines to the region.
Sources say:
French President Emmanuel Macron has been briefed by US Defense Secretary James Mattis on military options against #Syria.
Mattis' Dutch counterpart also expressed his country's cooperation with Washington against Damascus.
Bye bye #AnimalAssad.
#Iran is terrified all its investments in #Syria are going down the drain.
Sky News citing Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu:
We will not allow #Iran to establish military concentration in #Syria.
Reporter: Israel has only remained silent for now due to the sensitive nature of the situation.
Interesting how CBS shows a map of #Iran when reporting of an imminent US-led attack on #Syria to punish #AnimalAssad.
For a good laugh...
Could someone please explain what these forces of #Iran's regime actually intend to do?
Truly, I'm baffled...
Do they intend to rush to the protection of #AnimalAssad?
Survey in #Iran asks (and I quote):
"In the case of a war in #Syria, will you provide financial or psychological support, or volunteer to militarily defend Bashar Assad & the Zeynab shrine (near Damascus) against the US & criminal Israel?
92% replied: "No, never will I support."
Ali Javanroud, independent journalist:
Ali Akbar Velayati, int'l affairs advisor to #Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, returned to #Iraq from #Syria. 12 senior IRGC Quds Force commanders left the Al Kesve base (15 mins S of Damascus) & flew in a passenger plane to Najaf, Iraq.
Ali Javanroud, independent journalist:
Was IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani along with this group is not clear. A source in Najaf has told Ava Today, “The passengers leaving Damascus for Najaf left the latter city for Baghdad under extremely tight security measures.”
Ali Javanroud, independent journalist:
In another flight, at 8:09pm Wednesday local time, 35 senior IRGC Quds Force officers left Damascus for Baghdad.
Ali Javanroud, independent journalist:
Sources in DC: US measures will be punishing & significantly weakening Assad’s airpower, or completely destroying it. These air & missile attacks will be limited to #Syria. Without a doubt IRGC Quds Force positions will also be targeted.
In the past few days, #Syria has transferred 23 of its passenger & warplanes to #Iran. Velayati has time & again told Syrian media Tehran provides $8bn/year to Damascus. IRGC provides for the “Syria Basij,” established by Iran in 2012 to maintain Assad in power.
Adding the Lebanese Hezbollah, Quds Force, Afghan Fatemioun & Pakistani Zeynabioun, all provided by #Iran, this reaches $4bn/year. Add this to the $8bn/year mentioned by Velayati, equals $12bn/year. This has been ongoing for the past 7 years = around $84bn.
All this is on the verge of being destroyed through highly possible US-led attacks. While no one is sure, signs indicate these attacks are imminent.
The money #Iran’s regime wasted in #Syria could have been used to provide for millions currently living in poverty.
#Saudi FM says his country will not tolerate terrorism #Iran's meddling in the region. Terrorism & the Iranian regime are two inseparable allies, he adds.
"A Bulgarian man has been charged in the United States with exporting aircraft parts to #Syria in violation of a U.S. embargo, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday."
Syrian state TV airs Wednesday's meeting between #Syria's Bashar Assad & Ali Akbar Velayati, int'l affairs advisor to #Iran's Ali Khamenei, claiming the meeting took place today.
Arab news agencies reported this meeting yesterday, saying Velayati returned to Iran.
I thought this would be a good reminder...
A Syrian child breaking down in tears saying Assad is killing us...
What did we do to him?
- Macron: Enough evidence showing Assad is responsible for the chemical attack.
- British PM: Working with allies to hold accountable those responsible for this crime.
- Two US warships armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, warplanes & submarines are ready.
Preliminary session of Arab Foreign Ministers begins:
- #Saudi FM: #Iran & terrorism are two sides of one coin. As long as Iran interferes in other regional states, the Middle East will not experience peace & stability.
- Arab League chief: Iran meddles in Arab states.
"U.S. should target Assad and his senior lieutenants directly in a decapitation strike"
A must read by @BretStephensNYT.
"If we are serious about restoring an international norm against the use of chemical weapons, then the penalty for violating the norm must be severe. And if we are serious about confronting #Iran, #Syria remains the most important battlefield."
"An extended U.S. air campaign to destroy Tehran’s military assets in the country would send the message that we will not tolerate its attempt to colonize Syria and threaten its neighbors."
"There’s a new national security adviser in the White House, and a final chance for American initiative in this devastated land."
French President Emmanuel Macron's latest remarks as signs of an imminent attack on #Syria increase.
AFP reporting Sweden is circulating draft resolution to rid #Syria of chemical weapons "once and for all."
OPCW, known as the UN's chemical weapons watchdog, says its fact-finding mission in #Syria, will begin on Saturday
My sources are indicating Bashar Assad's plane landed in Tehran's Mehrabad Airport at 2:45 am local time Thursday & was escorted with around 20 vehicles into the capital.
Seeking further confirmation.
Syrian TV claimed Assad met with Ali Akbar Velayati, int'l affairs advisor to Khamenei, in Damascus, while failing to show even one other Syrian official.
Reports indicate the presidential guard is not present in the Al Rozeh palace.
Seeking further confirmation.
Italy "is at the side of the traditional allies of our country: US, France & the UK," says Foreign Undersecretary Vincenzo Amendola regarding his country's part in the possible attack on #Syria.
Rome to provide logistical support, reports say.
General Jack Keane to Sky News:
I don't think we will a face-off between the US & Russia as Russia lacks the ability to confront the US. Russia has no interest in a military conflict with the US.
Sky News on Arab League FM session:
A four-party committee is established to confront & overcome #Iran's meddling in the region.
#Russia sensing the pressure on a possible US-led attack against #Syria.
Sky News:
USS Donald Cook to be taking part in the possible missile attack against #Syria.
Smart missiles to be launched from Cyprus, reports indicate.
AFP reporting British PM Theresa May's cabinet agreeing on 'need to take action' over #Syria
#Syria's UN envoy saying "terrorists obtained chemical substances from Libya & recently produced the agents in cooperation with #Turkey & #SaudiArabia."
Interesting. Assad's gov & Russia had claimed no evidence of chemical weapons were found in #EastGhouta or #Douma.
US President Donald Trump discussing #Syria decision with his national security team and vows a 'fairly soon' decision.
US President Donald Trump plans to discuss #Syria with French President Emmanuel Macron & British Prime Minister Theresa May later Thursday.
According to the White House, US President Donald Trump has yet to make his 'final decision' on #Syria
Sky News Arabic:
Warplanes flew over Tel Aviv on Thursday.
Tensions across the region increase over possible US-led attacks on #Syria.
Cabinet ministers agreed "on the need to take action" in #Syria to "deter the further use of chemical weapons", Downing Street said.
Ministers said it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack.
U.S. Army's chief of staff Gen. Mark Milley agrees with US President Donald Trump that #Syria's Bashar al-Assad should pay a big price for a recent alleged chemical attack on a Damascus suburb.
Senator Lindsey Graham pushes for hopes a US response to #Syria "will serve as a warning to potential adversaries in #NorthKorea, #Iran and #Russia."
#Iran'ian website citing Russian media:
Seven US Navy spy planes in eastern Mediterranean near the #Syria coastline conducting espionage missions.
Russian military says these planes are flying over their bases in Syria, report says.
U.S. President Donald Trump & Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May agree on the need to find an international response to deter the use of chemical weapons in #Syria.
"... vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged..."
"Issues expressed about me by the Great Leader of the Islamic Revolution are an honor for me," says #Syria's Bashar Assad about remarks made by #Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Take notice of the terms Assad uses to describe the Iranian regime's leader.
Russia's Sergei Lavrov is claiming the #Douma chemical attack was staged by "foreign secret services," adding Western intervention in #Syria will spark "new waves of migrants to Europe."

Can someone please clarify are we to believe recent remarks made by Russia's Lavrov, or those of #Syria's UN envoy on the #Douma chemical attack?
First there was nothing.
Then terrorists from Libya.
And now foreign secret services.
Explanation anyone?
My sources say #Iran-backed IRGC Quds Force units evacuated bases in #Syria:
Al Qosayr near Kafr Musa, SW of Homs
Naseriya in Jayrud, NE of Damascus
Zamir, NE of Damascus
Al Dare near Al Suwayda
Hama military base
Mezzeh airbase
Khalkhalah military base
Al Kasveh military base
As tensions rise over a possible US-led strike against #Iran-backed Bashar Assad in #Syria, Russia is beginning to understand how its three-year campaign in the Levant is at stake:
As Moscow escalates its language over #Syria, French President Emmanuel Macron seeks to "intensify" talks with #Russia, according to the French presidency
U.S. President Donald Trump:
"We’re having a meeting today on #Syria… We’re looking very seriously & very closely at that whole situation."
Russia, beginning to feel the severity of the #Syria situation, is resorting to threats:
Putin tells Macron to think about "ill-considered and dangerous actions"
French President Emmanuel Macron told his Russian counterpart in a Friday telephone call Friday his intention to "intensify" talks on bringing peace to #Syria, according to his office.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley:
No rush necessary to launch military action on #Syria, but "at one point you have to do something."
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres:
Increasing tensions between world powers has the potential of leading to a "full-blown military escalation" in #Syria.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley:
U.S. estimates Assad has resorted to chemical attacks at least 50 times in #Syria. Public numbers are as high as 200.
Russia claims to have "proof" Britain took part in the "staged" #Syria chemical attack in Douma.
French Ambassador to the U.N. Francois Delattre:
On April 7th the Assad regime reached the point of no return.
I am finding this hard to believe but Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov actually claims Britain told the White Helmets first responders to fake the recent chemical attack in #Douma, #Syria.
U.N. chief Antonio Guterres:
First team of international chemical weapons investigators arrived in #Syria, second team to arrive on Friday or Saturday
Senior Israeli army official:
"If the Iranians take action against Israel from the Syrian border, Bashar Assad and his regime will pay the price."
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley says she is returning to Washington for more meetings on #Syria.
As tensions begin to flare, #Syria's Assad regime warns the West it will take action to defend itself

Lebanese Hezbollah: Israel has entered "direct combat" against #Iran after recent raid on T-4 base
British ambassador to UN describes Russian military claims that the UK staged the #Douma chemical attack in #Syria as "a blatant lie."
As the intensity of #Syria's situation continues to escalate between the West & the Russia/Assad/Tehran alliance, my latest @Forbes piece explains how #Iran's regime will be the main party by far to suffer in this showdown.
As #Iran struggles with the #Syria crisis, Iranians are scrambling for US dollars as their currency, the rial, plummets to historic lows amid economic & political uncertainty. The rial has lost 1/3 of its value this year alone & is now 60,000/dollar.
Tehran seeking to escalate tensions across the Middle East:
Sky News reports #Saudi air defense units intercept another ballistic missile launched by the #Iran-backed #Houthis of #Yemen
Israel's strike on #Syria's T-4 airbase places it now in direct confrontation with #Iran: Lebanese Hezbollah chief
US State Dept. spokeswoman Heather Nauert says #Syria's Assad regime is responsible for the chemical attack in #Douma and Washington is certain of this.
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USS Winston Churchill, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with guided missiles, has just entered the US Navy combat zone in the Mediterranean Sea, according to a US Navy official.
US-led strike on #Syria begins. Image shows cruise missile over Damascus.
British warplanes target a former military airbase near Homs said to be home to a chemical agents cache.
First wave of heavy attacks against Assad's army in #Syria came to an end, US officials say. These attacks will continue far beyond tonight, they add.
One senior Trump administration official says this issue is not over.
US State Dept. spokeswoman Heath Nauert:
"Today's response is in direct response to Russia's failure to keep their promise to guarantee the elimination of #Syria's chemical weapons. We hope #Russia and #Iran will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace."
Images of the French warplanes taking off to participate in the #Syria attack.
Footage of Damascus sky during the US-led attack on #Syria, Iranian media report.
Seeking further confirmation of these images.
First images of Bashar Assad's military bases targeted in #Damascus, #Syria.
Images of Bashar Assad's military bases targeted in #Damascus, #Syria.
Images of Bashar Assad's bases targeted in #Syria.
Sirens warning airstrikes in #Damascus against Bashar Assad's military bases in #Syria.
Media associated to Bashar Assad's regime in #Syria report a number Lebanese Hezbollah bases have been targeted.
UK Defense Ministry: Four tornado warplanes using Storm Shadow missiles targeted military bases located 15 miles west of Homs.
Images of Bashar Assad's bases targeted in #Damascus, #Syria.
Images of Bashar Assad's military bases targeted in #Syria.
Images of US warships launching Tomahawk cruise missiles targeting Bashar Assad's chemical weapons research center in #Damascus, #Syria.
A number of targets hit #Syria:
- Chemical weapons research, development & testing center in #Damascus
- Sarin gas production site near Homs
- Chemical weapons command center & cache near Homs
Images of US-led coalition targeting Bashar Assad's military sites in #Syria.
Targets hit #Syria:
- 105th Presidential Guard Brigade
- Al Marreh airbase
- Damascus Scientific Research Center used to procure chemical weapons
- Numerous military caches in Homs
- 41st Special Forces Brigade
- Airstrikes destroyed targets near East Qalamoun
Images of US-led coalition targeting Bashar Assad's military & chemical weapons sites in #Damascus & other cities of #Syria.
Images of US-led coalition targeting Bashar Assad's military sites in #Syria.
Images of US-led coalition targeting Bashar Assad's military sites in #Syria.
US launched 120 missiles in a 50-min strike.
More targets hit in #Syria:
- Presidential Guard forces in Aleppo
- Mezze airbase near #Damascus
- 4th Division base
- Jabal Qasiyun air defense base
- Masayaf chemical facility, NW of Homs
CNN providing reports of US-led coalition targeting Bashar Assad's military sites in #Damascus & other cities of #Syria.
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Images of US-led coalition targeting Bashar Assad's military sites in #Damascus & other cities #Syria. Sources say Assad's forces are using 57 mm & 23 mm anti-air guns against Tomahawk missiles.
Images of US-led coalition targeting Bashar Assad's military sites in #Syria.
Further reports indicate 100 to 120 missiles were launched.
A US warship in the Red Sea & B-1 bombers were used, reports add.
More targets hit in #Syria:
- Military bases near Al Rahibeh - Eastern Qalamoun in Rif Dimashq
- Military bases in Al Kiswah, S of #Damascus
Russian media: Airstrikes also targeted a "scientific research center" in Rif-Hama & army weapons cache in Homs
The Pentagon says all of Bashar Assad's chemical facilities in #Syria have been targeted.
UK Defense Ministry confirms Pentagon's report, adds London is working with allies in these strikes.
There will be no tolerance for the use of chemical weapons, says French President Emmanuel Macron.
Images appear to be the aftermath of the US-led coalition targeting Bashar Assad's military sites in #Damascus, #Syria.
A base associated to the Lebanese Hezbollah near the city of Homs, #Syria, has been targeted by missiles, Sky News reports.
Info about Tomahawk cruise missiles used in the US-led airstrikes on #Syria.
Furthermore, Australia & Canada have expressed their support for these attacks against the #Iran-backed Bashar Assad forces in #Damascus & other cities.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis says these airstrikes in #Syria are tantamount to the military attacks against ISIS. The first round of these latest strikes have come to an end.
#BreakingNews - #Syria
US Defense Secretary James Mattis: These attacks aim to degrade Assad's war machine. He didn't receive our message last year. That is why this year we & our allies took more intense action.
Al Jazeera reporter: These attacks may also target #Iran's forces.
#BreakingNews - #Syria
US Senator McCain expressed his gratitude for President Trump's attack on Assad & calls for a comprehensive strategy regarding Syria & the entire Middle East.
Al Jazeera analyst: These airstrikes come as a major slap in Putin's face!
@WalidPhares provides a very interesting input on the recent US-led airstrikes in #Syria against Bashar Assad's forces.
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Turkey expresses its support for the recent US-led airstrikes in #Syria, Sky News reports.
Around 13 hours prior to the US-led strikes against Bashar Assad's forces in #Damascus & other cities of #Syria, I explained in my latest @Forbes piece how #Iran will suffer most.
Let me know your thoughts.
#BreakingNews - #Syria
Video apparently shows Bashar Assad's military and paramilitary forces fleeing their base prior to the US-led attack.
Barzeh, a region in the norther part of #Damascus, #Syria
Sources say this video shows the moment the "Scientific Research Center" was targeted in the recent US-led airstrikes.
Bashar Assad's forces used this center to procure chemical agents.
Map provided by the Pentagon shedding more light into the recent US-led airstrikes against Bashar Assad's forces in #Syria.
UK Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson calls on Russia to end its influence in #Syria to end the current clashes.
My sources in #Syria indicate despite the #Iran/Assad propaganda machine's claims, Russia took no action against cruise missiles in the US-led airstrike & only protected its bases in Tartus & Khmeimim of Latakia Province.
Russia calls for emergency UN Security Council meeting following the US-led airstrikes against #Syria
Sky News:
Russia denies using any anti-missile defense systems in #Syria during the US-led airstrikes.
This goes against claims made by media associated to the regime's of #Iran & Bashar Assad.
The Mezze military air base, located SW of #Damascus, was a target of the recent US-led airstrikes.
My sources in #Syria indicate #Iran's IRGC forces & Lebanese Hezbollah units behind attacks against #EastGhouta were stationed at this site.
#BREAKING - #Syria
British PM Theresa May says they had intel indicating Assad's choppers were flying to drop more barrel bombs carrying chemical gasses on civilians... All individuals using chemical agents must be held accountable.
#BREAKING - #Syria
EU & Germany say they stand by their allies who staged the recent US-led airstrikes against Bashar Assad.

#BREAKING - #Syria
New footage shows a French warship firing missiles targeting Bashar Assad's chemical facilities.
'Large part' of #Syria's chemical arsenal has been destroyed, Paris says, adding 'solid intelligence' shows Assad regime was behind the #Douma chemical attack
FOX NEWS analysis:
While the #SyriaStrikes struck Assad's forces & their use of chemical weapons, it mainly targeted #Iran. Regional countries are concerned about Tehran's Shiite crescent. This attack shows the Trump administration will hunt Iran throughout the region.
Paris warns new strikes in #Syria if more chemical attacks are staged
Sky News:
Israel has closed East Golan airspace to airplanes, ordering all passenger flights & cargo planes in Israeli airspace & close to #Syria to remain under 5,000 ft.
Israel PM also warned Assad any action against Israeli soil will be dangerous for his regime.
Following the #Syria airstrikes, #Iran's regime is reportedly scattering its missile launchers out of its bases & placing them near residential areas, activists say.
This image is from Dezful, SW Iran.
#BREAKING - #Syria
30 Tomahawk (A BGM-109) missiles destroyed the Mezze military airbase (SW of #Damascus), sources say. Zolfaqar & Qiam missiles, along with #Iran-made launchers have all been destroyed.
#BREAKING - #Syria
The Jibil Qasioun base (N of #Damascus) has been leveled to the ground, reports add. This was the Syrian army’s intercepting facility, modernized by #Iran, and also used as a base by the Lebanese Hezbollah.
#BREAKING - #Syria
The Chemical Research Center near #Damascus & the Barzeh military-research base (NE of the capital) were both targeted by US missiles, leaving at least 5 IRGC Quds Force members killed, reports indicate.
#BREAKING - #Syria
Despite the fact that 90%of Iran’s IRGC Quds Force units evacuated all their bases two days ago, sources in #Syria say at least 15 IRGC Quds Force advisors were killed in these attacks. Their bodies are reportedly missing.
#BREAKING - #Syria
40 Lebanese Hezbollah members & 35 Syrian military personnel were also killed, reports say. Sources indicate these attacks inflicted billions of dollars in damages to missile & arms depots in Homs, military facilities in Hama, Mezze & Jabal Qasiuon.
#BREAKING - #Syria
Despite claims made by #Iran & #Syria-associated media, sources say all missiles destroyed their targets & Syrian state TVs air archived footage of #Saudi air defense units intercepting #Houthi missiles launched from #Yemen.
#BREAKING - #Syria
Russia chose to remain completely inactive & #Iran, despite its previous threats of wiping Israel off the map in response to an attack against the Assad regime in #Syria, remained silent & forces chose to flee their bases for residential areas.
A review of the weapons used in the US-led attack on #Syria.
- Tomahawk GPS-enabled precision cruise missiles
Three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers
- USS Donald Cook
- USS Porter
- USS Higgins
A review of the weapons used in the US-led attack on #Syria.
- B1 Lancer supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber
- French Mirage multirole, single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter
- British Tornado multi-role combat warplanes
#BREAKING - #Syria
Images of the "Scientific Research Center" in Barzeh, NE of #Damascus, targeted in the recent US-led airstrike against Bashar Assad's forces.
Qatar also expresses its support for the US-led airstrikes against Bashar Assad's forces in #Syria.
This can be considered a severe political blow to #Iran as they fueled off the rift between Doha & other Arab states.
Message from supporters of #Iran's regime after the US-led airstrikes in #Syria:
"... if necessary we'll target the White House itself, London & Paris with chemical bombs... they can't do (profanity)..."
#Syria map shows the number of chemical attacks since 2013. Based on UN research, there is doubt about six attacks. Yet the remaining such strikes were all carried out by the Assad regime.
(Map based on intelligence from a UN special commission & prepared by The New York Times)
Turkish FM: The #Syria airstrikes was against a government that has used chemical weapons. This should have happened sooner.
As Moscow accuses the international chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, of tampering the #SergeiSkripal probe results, rest assured an ongoing probe in #Douma will either be manipulated or completely rejected by Russia, #Iran & the Assad regime.
After refusing to condemn the horrific crimes committed by the #Iran-backed Assad regime in #Syria, Russia has the audacity of asking the UN Security Council to condemn the recent US-led strike.
France's Elysee Palace releases footage of Rafael warplanes preparing for take-off to participate in the US-led airstrikes against Bashar Assad's forces in #Syria.
Pure and simple. Mission Accomplished.
The ball is now in the court of #Syria's Assad regime, #Iran & Russia.
Useful info about the US-led airstrikes on the Assad regime & no doubt #Iran's interests in #Syria.
UN Security Council meeting on #Syria:
US is 'locked and loaded' to strike again in response to any new chemical attack, says US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
This is a significant message to Assad, #Iran & Russia.
UN Security Council meeting on #Syria:
Assad's chemical weapons program is crippled after last night's attack, says US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
#Iran sees years of investing billions to prop the regime going to waste.
As Tehran begins to grip the major setback of US-led attacks on Assad's regime in #Syria, @rich_goldberg says Washington should gradually prepare its allies for a possible return of sanctions against #Iran.
US administration has the right, in coordination with its allies, to take action in order to hold #Syria's Assad accountable for using chemical weapons, says @RepEdRoyce.
UN Security Council meeting on #Syria:
Last night's attack on Syria was carried out with precision & full impact, says UK Ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce.
We have detailed information that all specified targets have been destroyed, she adds.
UN Security Council meeting on #Syria:
We have no doubt the Assad regime used chemical weapons in #Douma, says French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre. Due to Russia's constant use of its veto power, the UNSC has failed in its responsibility over Syria.
Tehran on defense:
"Our presence in #Syria is aimed at defending the innocent (!)," says #Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
It appears the airstrike hit their targets very effectively.
UN Security Council rejects Russia's bid to condemn the US-led military strikes against Bashar Assad's regime in #Syria.
Washington believes the #Iran-backed Assad regime used sarin and chlorine gasses in #Syria's #Douma.
US General McKenzie:
#Syria's air defense units fired around 40 SAM missiles that were mostly ineffective & mainly fired after the airstrike, probably placing civilians in danger.
Footage of Assad's "Scientific Research Center," used to procure chemical agents for weaponry, seen here smoldering after being hit by US-led airstrikes against #Syria.
#Syria's Assad army declares Ghouta rebel stronghold fully retaken.

So many innocent civilians were gassed by Assad & this is only intended to lift the spirits of the regime's forces following the US-led airstrike.
Sources say an unknown warplane flying over southern Aleppo, #Syria, has targeted a weapons cache of a military base belonging to the Assad regime.
#Iran'ian military base in Jabal Azzan, S of Aleppo, #Syria, is targeted by unidentified aircraft, Syrian media report.
Base is the largest in the country. Eyewitnesses observed explosions & flames at the site.
Map is possible location.
Huge explosion heard in a #Syria government-controlled area in a rural region south of Aleppo, according to the UK-based war monitor The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Al Jazeera: Four Iranian bases in #Syria targeted by warplanes.
20 #Iran IRGC & militia members killed in airstrikes on Mt. Azzan, south of Aleppo, sources say.
Images said to be the moment of the strike.
Syrian activists say these were the main #Iran IRGC & Lebanese Hezbollah bases in #Syria. IRGC Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani & mullahs dispatched by the IRGC to Syria are said to have been residing there.
Eyewitnesses say fire could be seen from a far distance. Local reports say this base enjoyed heavy fortified structures, home to hundreds of IRGC & Lebanese Hezbollah members who coordinate all operations in Aleppo, & N-NE of #Syria.
(Map of possible Israeli warplanes path)
Locals say large number of IRGC & #Iran-backed militias were killed in this attack. Tehran has yet to report on the number of casualties and/or damages. Iranian media are only reporting #Syria army base near Aleppo was targeted.
(Image of IRGC base in Jaarah, SW of Aleppo)
Sources say prior to the recent airstrikes, #Iran’s IRGC, Afghan Fatemioun & Lebanese Hezbollah units in Damascus fled to the Mt. Azzan base to seek protection in fortified structures. This is why Israeli warplanes targeted these sites to inflict casualties, sources add.
The strategic Zaine el Aabdine heights located north of Hama were targeted by unidentified warplanes, #Syria sources say.
Sources in Turkey say int’l coalition warplanes left the Incerlik airbase for Syria. Their targets were unknown.
Turkish media reporting explosions heard in areas controlled by Bashar Assad’s army around Deir ez-Zur, east of #Syria.
#Syria’s Sharq news agency reported int’l coalition warplanes targeted #Iran-backed IRGC & militia units around the cities of Al Mayadin, As Salhiyah near the Qaem border crossing in Iraq & the city of Al Horri.
While no planes are seen in #Syria's airspace, an Iranian passenger flight leaves Damascus early this morning & heads for southern #Iran.
Pentagon press conference explaining details of the recent US-led airstrikes against Bashar Assad's bases in #Syria.
(Farsi subtitles included)
At least 20 people were killed following an explosion at an Iranian training camp south of Aleppo in northern #Syria, according to CNN Turk citing a local source. Warplanes in this region were seen yet their origin remains unidentified. There has been no official confirmation.
In response to the US-led strikes against Bashar Assad's forces in #Syria, #Iran launches 10-man rallies (literally) in Chile, Palestine & Lebanon.
Activists inside Iran are saying this is yet another method how the regime wastes money that can be used domestically.
#Iran's IRGC-associated Fars news agency cites the Russian Defense Ministry to claim 71 of 101 missiles fired by the US-led coalition were destroyed by Syrian air defense units.
That is hard to believe considering the Pentagon's reports of sites destroyed in this attack.
The US launched AGM-158 JASSM missiles from B-1B bombers in the recent attack on #Syria. This is said to be the world’s smartest & most expensive missile.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said #Syria would have a “price to pay” if its military conducts another chemical weapons attacks.
President Trump “made clear that the US is prepared to sustain this effort to reestablish the deterrent framework," he added.

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Oct 9, 2018
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.
Amb. Nikki Haley spoke six months ago with President Donald Trump about the subject of resigning.
Will be staying at this post until the end of the year.
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Add this to the long list linking #Iran's regime with international terrorism.

This time, the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militant group of Somalia.

More reason why a firm policy is needed against Tehran.
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"... domestic revenue generation by al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab 'is more geographically diversified and systematic' than that of Somalia’s federal government."
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Store-owners in 50 cities launched this protest movement on Monday in solidarity with the truckers' nationwide strike.
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Fardis sector
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Sources say "hardliners" are voicing threats about the signing of this bill.

(File Photo)
"Regarding the FATF, should we commit suicide today by signing this bill because we're going to die in the future?" says Behrouz Nemati, a member of #Iran's Majlis (parliament).

Read more about Iran & the FATF here:
"Hardliners in Iran’s parliament have opposed passing legislation toward compliance with FATF standards, arguing it could hamper Iranian financial support for allies such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which the US has classified as a terrorist organization."
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Short Thread:

#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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