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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a series of strikes against militants’ positions, vehicles and heavy weapons in the countryside of Idlib and Aleppo in cooperation with Russian forces in the country, the Syrian Ministry of Defense announced on April 6.

The day and night strikes were carried out in response to recent attacks by terrorist groups that targeted several towns and villages as well as military positions, the ministry said in a statement, adding that “dozens” of military personnel were wounded or killed in the retaliatory strikes.

The US has picked up intelligence on what an Iranian retaliatory strike for the alleged Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus in which a senior member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards was eliminated, will look like, CBS News reported on Friday.

ISIS cells in central Syria launched late on April 7 a large attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) in the northwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The attack reportedly targeted several military positions between the towns of Madan and al-Tabni, along a key highway that links Deir Ezzor with the neighboring governorate of Raqqa. Government troops launched flares and clashes with ISIS cells well into the morning of April 6.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI), an umbrella group of Iranian-backed armed factions, announced that it had carried out three more attacks against Israel in response to the war on the Gaza Strip.

In three separate statements, the group said that it had struck two Israeli targets, including a military site in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, on April 4 as well as oil refineries in the northern city of Haifa on April 6. The last attack was carried out using a drone that is thought to be made in Iran and is commonly known as Shahed-101.

Russia's Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday it had deployed additional forces in the Syrian-controlled areas of the Golan Heights, where Israel had allegedly struck at an increasing rate over the last few months.

The forces, from Russia's military police, were tasked with de-escalating tensions in the Syrian provinces of Quneitra and Daraa, as well as monitoring the longstanding ceasefire issued as part of the Syrian Civil War.

Iran warned United Nations Security Council envoys to expect retaliation against Israel’s apparent bombardment of a diplomatic facility in Syria that killed several Iranian military commanders.

Israel attacked and destroyed the home of the Iranian ambassador to Syria, killing two Iranian generals and 9 others. Israel has been demanding war against Iran since 1988 claiming they have a secret nuclear weapons project which is nonexistent according to US intelligence reports.

Israel cannot militarily defeat either Hamas or Hezbollah. They have been committed nonstop genocidal atrocities in Gaza angering 90% the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims though the richest people in that Muslim world are trying to stay out of the conflict.

The United States and the United Kingdom refused to discuss a draft statement of the UN Security Council proposed by Russia on Israel’s attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said on Wednesday.

On Monday, Iran said that Israeli warplanes struck the Iranian embassy in Syria, killing seven military advisers, including two generals. On Tuesday, Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed revenge.

As the US and its allies have continuously allowed Israel to "cross all red lines" in the past, it should be no surprise that it attacked an Iranian consulate in Damascus, Dr. Seyed Mohammad Marandi told Sputnik’s The Critical Hour on Tuesday.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has begun to take defensive measures in anticipation of a direct Iranian strike against Israeli territory in response to the April 1 Israeli attack on the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

At least 13 people were killed in the strike in which, according to Tehran’s ambassador, Israeli F-35 stealth fighter jets fired six missiles that leveled the five-story consular building adjacent to the embassy.