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Charles Lister @Charles_Lister
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BREAKING - Likely #Israel airstrikes just hit a scientific research center - reportedly linked to the SSRC - in #Latakia.

#Assad regime air defenses were allegedly activated in multiple provinces: #Latakia, #Tartus, #Homs & #Hama.
Mabrouk #Assad - your invincible air defenses shot down an aircraft!

... a #Russia IL-20 reconnaissance plane was shot down over #Syria tonight - amid #Israel airstrikes in #Latakia.


Tonight’s developments vis-a-vis #Israel & Russia are a pretty big deal.

It would seem #Israel may have acted without giving #Moscow prior warning = big challenge to their prior arrangement.

Or, #Russia did know, but got attacked by their errant ally in #Damascus = humiliating.
Overnight, we got yet another example of how #Russia - in this case, it’s MoD & state media - spout disinformation & conspiracy to distract from the truth.

No, #Israel did not down a RuAF plane.

No, #France did not fire missiles at #Syria.

For context:

Downing of #Russia’s IL-20 in #Syria was a result of #Assad regime/SAA incompetence.

- Failed to distinguish friend/foe
- SAA SAMs took so long to activate, (1) #Israeli jets were already gone & (2) #Russia’s IL-20 had arrived

Humiliating for #Moscow; hence #Putin climbdown.
Worth also bearing in mind the complex dynamic between #Israel & #Russia:

- The “glue” is the #Netanyahu-#Putin relationship, but the IDF/IAF - RuAF dynamic is a fragile one, based on deconfliction, not friendship.

This challenges both that dynamic & the #Syria-#Russia one.
NEW -- #Israel satellite imagery shows the #Iran/#IRGC warehouse/factory targeted in airstrikes 36hrs ago, which was being used to funnel weaponry to #Hezbollah in #Syria & #Lebanon.
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