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Syria: Israel Launches Airstrikes West of Damascus

1 MIN READDec 26, 2018 | 21:11 GMT

What Happened: Israel launched airstrikes against a Syrian arms depot in western Damascus on Dec. 25 that injured three state security force members, Haaretz reported Dec. 26. Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced that Syria's Russian-supplied missile defense systems intercepted 14 of 16 strikes.

Why It Matters: Israel continues to seek opportunities to target Hezbollah-linked forces in Syria, as its strategy of containing Iranian influence in the Syrian conflict will become significantly more difficult following the announcement of a complete U.S. withdrawal from Syria.

Background: Israel has significantly reduced the number of its strikes on targets in Syria since Syrian air defense systems accidentally downed a Russian plane in September following an Israeli airstrike.

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