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Nov 7, 2018 | 16:45 GMT

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Syria: U.S. Calls on Russia to Allow Israeli Airstrikes on Iranian Targets

What Happened: U.S. Syria Envoy James Jeffrey has called on Russia to continue to permit Israeli airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria, The Jerusalem Post reported Nov. 7.

Why It Matters: The development shows that the U.S. government intends to push back against Iranian forces in Syria despite concerns from the U.S. military over possible retaliatory attacks by Iran that could endanger U.S. forces.

Background: The U.S. Department of Defense voiced concern over Israeli airstrikes against Iran on Oct. 28, noting that Iranian forces could mistakenly retaliate against U.S. forces in the region in responding to Israeli airstrikes because the United States and Israel use similar military equipment.

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