The White Helmets have been the target of a disinformation campaign by Syrian and Russian regime propaganda outlets
“Every day (people are standing) at the Israeli border, every day, calling on Israel to protect them or to allow international forces to (protect them)… we wish (the Israelis) to came here and protect these people, either under the United Nations flag or the Israeli flag. I don’t know how, but the politicians have to solve this problem.”
"Iran is investing billions of dollars in financing terrorism in the region and around the world, and in aggression in the region, instead of investing them in the Iranian people."
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the summit, noting, with a hint and a nudge to the White House, "As long as we remain united (within NATO), we can dialogue with Russia."
When JTA repeated the term Syrian Palestinian, it gave its approval to a regime of repression against an entire underclass of Syrian residents forever prevented by government fiat from attaining normalcy.
Lavrov failed to mention that the original layout for the "de-escalation zone" at Israel's doorstep had been designed by Russia, Turkey, and Iran, and authorized an Iranian military presence some three miles away from Israel's Golan Heights border.
Is President Assad delusional? Probably – you can't be reduced to the post of Mayor of Damascus and still call yourself President of Syria without a hefty doze of delusional thinking.
One of those zones was supposed to be handed over to Iran, which was planning to rule over the rebel-controlled south, along the Syrian border with Israel and Jordan.
"The Damascus regime has neither the credibility nor moral authority to preside over the CD. The international community must not be silent."
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Friday that Israel had attacked the a-Dab'a airport, which is not far from the border with Lebanon.
“We are facing a new reality where Iran is attacking Israel directly and trying to harm Israel’s sovereignty and territories.”
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The IDF carried out one of its biggest air operations in the last few decades.
The IDF has deployed fully defensive measures on the Golan Height.
The Israelis waited until the Iranian transport planes had taken off empty before they attacked.
"This attack will allow the Americans to say, We have done what is necessary, then leave Syria, forcing Israel to deal with the Iranian threat on the northern border on its own."
Incoming US National Security Adviser John Bolton coordinated over the phone with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat prior to the attack.
So now the Russians are at least on the record that something bad enough had taken place in Douma to justify their humanitarian intervention.
IDF operational details from Operation Out of the Box which destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.
In 2016 Russia and Iran signed Memoranda of understanding on dozens of industrial projects, to the tune of an estimated $40 billion. Most of those projects are still in drawers, but there's enough potential wealth in those drawers to make Russia and Iran inseparable.
"The zones are necessary from the point of view of ending warfare, but at the same time it is impermissible to see the de-escalation zones turning into zones of influence of foreign states."
Israel has provided drone strikes and shelling with high-precision missiles on ISIS targets during defensive and offensive rebel operations.
"There are long-range surface-to-air missiles like the SA5, which, although they are outdated and stationary launch pads, can intercept planes deep inside Israel."
The downing of the plane came as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air support and Iranian infantry, have intensified their offensive in Idlib, one of the last rebel-held bastions in Syria.
"We can't ignore the fact that Hezbollah, the Shiite militias and Iran perceive themselves on the winning side in Syria, together with Bashar Assad, and share his desire to return to the Golan Heights."
Russia is ready to deal a new blow to terrorists if they again try to break peace in Syria, Putin said.