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Militias fighting alongside the Syrian army closed all roads leading from Damascus to Dara'a and nearby villages.
Israeli jets would have had to evade the Russian S-300 ground to air missile systems positioned in Syria, and fly the distance of roughly 380 miles in each direction.
The Russian request also places constraints on Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is dependent on Russia in his fight against the rebels.
"The Damascus regime has neither the credibility nor moral authority to preside over the CD. The international community must not be silent."
Report: Iranian Ambassador in Jordan: We Have Reached Understandings with Regional Players to Prevent...
Elaph reports that Israel and Iran held secret negotiations in Jordan.
"The IDF has detected irregular Iranian activity in Syria and is preparing the civilian population on the Golan Heights accordingly, as well as defensive systems."
"I cannot say that this matter has been settled ... "It remains to be seen what decisions will be made by the Russian leadership and Syrian officials."
Syrian state media claimed earlier in the day that Syrian air defenses had shot down at least nine Israeli missiles, but left out information about whether any of the missiles had hit their target.
Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani this week issued a direct threat to Israel from Damascus after arriving for a briefing on the T-4 air strike.
A Russian diplomat accused the Allied forces of hampering the OPCW investigation of the bombed sites, by obliterating potential evidence of illegal chemicals.
Incoming US National Security Adviser John Bolton coordinated over the phone with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat prior to the attack.
Dozens of Syrian civilians -- most of them women and children, many of whom were in underground shelters -- were killed in what appeared to have been a horrific sarin gas attack in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma.
How is it that the UN, EU, United Kingdom and Turkey can allow such a tragedy to pass without comment?
There has also been another chemical attack, the second in less than a week -- aimed at the nearby town of Arbin.
Victims, ambulance drivers and others smelled the chlorine after “an enormous explosion” in the eastern Ghouta area of al-Shayfouniya.
Some of the U.S. troops will remain in Israel until the end of March for further training.
Netanyahu, Putin Agree to ‘Continue Coordination’ Between Military Forces After Iran-Israel-Syria Clash (video)
"I have been warning for some time about the dangers of Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria. Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel."
Syrian government forces fired eight chlorine gas missiles at the civilian-populated areas controlled by the rebels.
Al-Alami is known as the long-time Hamas envoy to the Iranian government and has close ties to Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have established a new militia named Brigade 313 in Southern Syria.
The IDF issued a statement following the operation: We will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli sovereignty.