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Jan 21, 2019 | 20:54 GMT

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Israel, Syria: IDF Targets Iranian Quds Forces, Syrian Air Defenses

What Happened: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have targeted Quds Force military sites in Syria, as well as Syrian air defenses, the BBC reported Jan. 21. According to the IDF, the attack came after Quds Force units fired a rocket from Syria into the Golan Heights, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome air-defense system.

Why It Matters: The Golan Heights are a frequent flashpoint in violent exchanges between Israel and Iran as the former remains determined to deter Tehran from attacking its territory, especially since the Islamic republic ramped up its presence in the Syrian civil conflict in recent years. 

Background: Israel has been targeting Iranian security and military infrastructure in Syria since 2013, as it believes Tehran could use the facilities to strike Israel from a short distance.

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