Gaza militants fire rockets towards Israel; IDF responds with airstrikes

  1. Gaza militants fire rockets towards Israel; IDF responds with airstrikes  CNN
  2. Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza after militants fire rockets  Reuters
  3. Palestinian paramedic allegedly shot dead by Israeli troops  New York Post
  4. The Latest: US proposal to condemn Hamas fails in UN vote  Miami Herald
  5. In Gaza, grief and pain for slain ‘angel of mercy’ paramedic  Aljazeera.com
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Israel F-35 Airstrikes Are World's First Test Of The 'Mighty One,' Top Commander Says

  1. Israel F-35 Airstrikes Are World’s First Test Of The ‘Mighty One,’ Top Commander Says  Yahoo News
  2. Israel’s F-35s reportedly saw combat in a raging Syrian air war that smashed Russian defenses  Business Insider
  3. Israel Says It Just Became the First Country to Fly the F-35 Into Combat  Popular Mechanics
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Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in Syria

Israeli airstrikes target Iranian military installations in SyriaThe Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked nearly all of Iran’s military installations in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date. Israel said the targets of the strikes, its largest in Syria since the 1973 war, included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by elite Iranian forces in Syria.


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James Mattis urged Trump to seek congressional vote for US airstrikes in Syria but was overruled 'because president wanted to be seen acting on his tweets'

James Mattis urged Trump to seek congressional vote for US airstrikes in Syria but was overruled 'because president wanted to be seen acting on his tweets'US defence secretary James Mattis reportedly urged Donald Trump to seek congressional approval for airstrikes on Syria but was overruled by the president, who wanted to be seen as backing up his bellicose tweets with action. Mr Mattis warned an overly aggressive response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma risked igniting wider conflict with Russia and stressed the importance of public support for military campaigns, government officials told the New York Times.


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What do the US, UK and French airstrikes mean for Syria's war?

  1. What do the US, UK and French airstrikes mean for Syria’s war?  CNN International
  2. A Day After US Airstrikes in Syria, Assad Launches New Onslaught Against Rebels  Wall Street Journal
  3. Russia Faces Sanctions for Syria Chemical Attack, Haley Says  Bloomberg
  4. ‘Mission Accomplished’ and the Meme Presidency  The Atlantic
  5. Assad is defiant as US-led strikes in Syria show no sign of threatening his hold on power  Washington Post
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A Day After US Airstrikes in Syria, Assad Launches New Onslaught Against Rebels

  1. A Day After US Airstrikes in Syria, Assad Launches New Onslaught Against Rebels  Wall Street Journal
  2. Syria air strikes: Trump defends claiming ‘mission accomplished’  BBC News
  3. Syrians Are Worried Trump’s Airstrikes May Actually Cause More Attacks On Civilians  BuzzFeed News
  4. ‘Mission Accomplished’ and the Meme Presidency  The Atlantic
  5. The Syria powder keg: danger in rush for influence on crowded battlefield  The Guardian
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Syrians Are Worried Trump's Airstrikes May Actually Cause More Attacks On Civilians

  1. Syrians Are Worried Trump’s Airstrikes May Actually Cause More Attacks On Civilians  BuzzFeed News
  2. Chaos, consultation: Inside Trump’s decision to strike Syria  CNBC
  3. ‘Mission Accomplished’ and the Meme Presidency  The Atlantic
  4. The Syria powder keg: danger in rush for influence on crowded battlefield  The Guardian
  5. The making of Vladimir Putin  The Week Magazine
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Satellite pictures show damage done by Western airstrikes on Assad chemical sites

Satellite pictures show damage done by Western airstrikes on Assad chemical sitesNew satellite images reveal the damage caused to a Syrian chemical weapons research site after it was hit by Western jets on Saturday. The targets included a centre in the greater Damascus area used for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological weaponry as well as a chemical weapons storage facility near the city of Homs. A third target, also near Homs, contained both a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and a command post. The US, UK and France said hundreds of missiles were fired at the sites, in response to last week’s chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta which left at least 40 dead. State-controlled Syrian TV claimed Syrian air defenses shot down 13 missiles fired in the attack. Syria slider 3 The Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria before and after the strike. Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe. Pictures circulating on pro-government Twitter accounts showed a Syrian soldier standing next to what they claimed to be a missile fired from an American or British jet that had been intercepted, however experts said it looked to be an old Soviet air-to-air missile that was not involved in the attack. The Pentagon said that it believes the airstrikes “attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program,” significantly degrading Syria’s ability to use such weapons again. Syria slider 2 The Barzeh research centre in Syria before and after the strike. Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe. Russian officials said the damage was minimal, maintaining that all key air bases were intact and the purported chemical weapons facilities had been abandoned long ago. Syria slider 1 The Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria before and after the strike. Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe. Capt. Adulsalam Abdulrazek, a former officer in Syria’s chemical program, said the overnight strikes probably hit “parts of, but not the heart” of the operation. He said they were unlikely to curb the government’s ability to produce such weapons or launch new attacks. Abdulrazek defected from the program in 2012, when he was based in eastern Ghouta, the suburb hit by a chemical attack in 2013 and allegedly again on April 7. He said there were an estimated 50 warehouses storing chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013. He said he believes those fixed storage facilities, mostly in rural areas, are intact or only slightly dispersed, and that the program was only partly dismantled because Damascus didn’t allow inspections. IHS Jane’s expert Karl Dewey said the scientific research facility on the northeastern edge of Damascus is thought to have integrated chemical payloads onto artillery. It is one of at least three sites that have been consistently referenced in association with Syria’s chemical weapons program, including Masyaf and Dummar, also known as Jamraya, both reported to have been hit by Israeli strikes last year.


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