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Hours After Syria Claims Monumental Victory Against ISIS, Israel Bombs Them

• By Jack Burns

Israel has officially admitted striking targets inside Syria on Thursday. For the first time since the conflict began, the State of Israel has targeted Syria with air strikes. The attack came just as the Syrian government declared a major victory against ISIS.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in a radio interview, reportedly said of the attack, "We will do everything to prevent the existence of a Shiite corridor from Iran to Damascus," adding [Israel isn't], "looking for adventures, and we don't want to be dragged into this fight or another." Furthermore, Lieberman said, "We are determined to prevent our enemies from harming or even creating the possibility of harming the security of Israeli citizens."

According to ABC News, "Thursday's air raid was seen as a message to both Russia and Iran that Israel can strike anywhere in Syria. It was also a rare instance of Israel striking a Syrian government facility rather than an arms shipment and harked back to an Israeli airstrike that destroyed a suspected, partially constructed nuclear reactor in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour exactly 10 years ago."

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