WW4/Middle East Files: Cuba refutes reports of troop deployment to bolster embattled Assad regime; U. of Miami think tank published original story on Oct. 13, Fox News picked up report next day, story circulated in social media; Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps loses 4th officer in Syria, Tehran admits adviser presence in Syria but, like Havana, denies involvement of combat troops, US officials insist Iran has at least 2,000 soldiers fighting for Assad, but no evidence for Cuban participation; Hezbollah chief Nasrallah says Lebanese militia’s presence in Syria “is larger than ever before — qualitatively, quantitatively, and in equipment, because we are in a critical and definitive battle”; Russian fighter jets based out of Latakia, Syria intercepted IAF warplanes flying over N. Lebanon on Oct. 1, under orders to shoot down Israelis, pro-Hezbollah As Safir quotes source: “The Russians immediately sent a clear warning to the Israelis that entering Syrian airspace would be a pretext for opening fire”; Russia-Israeli hotline designed to prevent such aerial clashes over Syria as Israeli DM Ya’alon reveals Russian air campaign will not interfere with Israel’s “freedom to act” in Syrian airspace; IDF to carry out annual drill in occupied Golan Heights Oct. 19-22

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