Syrian media report Israeli attack near capital Damascus

Steve Phelps
May 10, 2018

Netanyahu's visit to Moscow coincided with Russia's celebration of the anniversary of Nazi Germany's capitulation in World War II. Netanyahu he said he was eager to discuss ways of "solving crises and removing threats in a thoughtful and responsible manner".

The Israeli attack came amid heightened tensions with Iran, following Israeli attacks last month on Syrian positions where Iranian military experts were located. "These matters are very important to Israel's security at all times and especially at this time", he said. Syrian state media confirmed explosions in the area, but offered no details.

President Donald Trump is set to announce Tuesday whether the USA will exit the 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers.

SANA said that 62 buses carrying fighters and their families departed from the city of Rastan toward the opposition-held town of Jarablus, located further north. Netanyahu made no mention of the overnight strikes.

Cuba also called on the United Nations Security Council to fulfill its responsibility to preserve global peace and security, and demanded the fulfillment of UN resolution 2231 on the Iranian nuclear issue, which was unanimously approved by the council. Israel has warned that it will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria. As that war winds down, and Assad appears to be headed toward victory, Israel fears that Iran, along with tens of thousands of Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen, will carry out attacks against Israel.

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Syrian state media said dozens of Israeli missile strikes hit a radar station, Syrian air defence positions and an ammunition dump, underscoring the risks of a wider escalation involving Iran and its regional allies. Iran blamed it for an April 9 air strike that killed seven of its military personnel in Syria, and vowed revenge.

"It's going to weaken the United States", said Nicholas Burns, the State Department's third-ranking official under Republican President George W. Bush, saying it would empower Iran's hardliners, further isolate the United States from Russian Federation and China on Iran policy and vex European allies.

Faced with these dangers, Israel will continue to defend itself, confident in America's support and freed from the specter of a bad deal.

A United States intelligence official acknowledged concerns that Iran could, with some deniability, further assist the Houthis in Yemen as they target Iran's arch-rival Saudi Arabia.

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