SoS Pompeo visits Israel - Giant explosion in Syria, measuring 2+ on the Richter scale

In a significant development that can have a bearing on international political scenario, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two countries could toughen stand on Iran's nuclear ambitions and many believe Trump government could end the Obama era nuclear deal after the visit.

Mike Pompeo has offered a strong boost of support for Israel against Iran. On his first official trip abroad, Pompeo met with Benjamin Netanyahu n Tel Aviv on Sunday to discuss both countries’ concerns about Iran. Both men described the talks as successful.

“We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats to Israel and the region and Iran’s ambition to dominate the Middle East remains,” Pompeo said. “The United States is with Israel in this fight.”

Read it all @ POMPEO

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Giant explosion in #Syria, measuring over 2 on the Richter scale, which local press are reporting as an Israeli air strike on the 47th military brigade compound in South #Hama, picked up on earth quake monitors in Lebanon and Turkey.

Syria war: Missile strikes on military sites 'kill pro-Assad fighters'

Missile strikes on military sites in northern Syria overnight reportedly killed a number of pro-government fighters, including Iranians.

The Syrian military said facilities in Hama and Aleppo provinces were struck.

It did not say if there were any casualties. But a UK-based monitoring group said four Syrians and 22 foreigners, mostly Iranians, died.

It is not known who was behind the attacks

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, said one strike appeared to have targeted a depot for surface-to-surface missiles at the 47th Brigade military base, south of the city of Hama.

The SOHR cited its sources as saying 26 pro-government fighters were killed in the missile strikes, most of them Iranians. It added that the death toll might rise as 60 fighters were wounded, some of them seriously, and that others were missing.

An official from a regional alliance that includes Iran and Hezbollah told the New York Times that the strike on the 47th Brigade base destroyed 200 missiles and killed 16 people, including 11 Iranians.

Read more @ BBC News


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