Israel Strikes Iranian, Syrian Assets

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On February 10, Israel clashed with Iranian and Syrian military forces in a series of cross-border strikes. The confrontations began when Israel shot down an Iranian drone that had reportedly penetrated its airspace from Syria. The Israeli military then attacked the command-and-control center from which Iran had launched the drone, at the so-called T4 air base near Palmyra. On its way back from the mission, one of Israel’s F-16 fighter jets crashed in northern Israel after coming under heavy Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Some reports indicate the plane may have been shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface to air missile. The two pilots ejected and survived, but one was severely injured. Israel countered with a broad wave of strikes against a dozen Syrian and Iranian targets in Syrian territory. The Israeli military said it hit eight Syrian targets, including three aerial defense batteries, and four Iranian positions that it described as “part of Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria.” These attacks reportedly destroyed half of Syria’s active air defenses.