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Is the Syrian Stalemate Between Iran and Israel About to End?

Apr 13, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
An Israeli army vehicle drives on the road along the border fence that separates the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights and Syria on July 19, 2017.

An Israeli army vehicle drives on the road along the border fence that separates the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights and Syria.

(MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds of kilometers of Syria and Iraq separate Israel and Iran, but the civil war in Syria has brought the two foes nose to nose. Early on April 9, Israel struck the Tiyas (T4) air base northeast of Damascus. To some, it appeared that Israel was acting on behalf of the United States in retaliating against the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons. In reality, Israel was in pursuit of other quarry: Iran and Hezbollah, which have redoubled their efforts to challenge Israel along its northern border....

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