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Report: Russian jets strike rebel positions near Israeli border


Iranian news agency claims Russian air force hits jihadist targets close to the Golan Heights, in what would be closest strikes to Israel.

By Ari Soffer

Russian jets have struck Syrian rebel positions near the Golan Heights, marking the closest Russian airstrikes to the Israeli border since Russia’s intervention in Syria began, according to Iranian reports.

Semi-official Iranian Fars News claimed the Russian air force hit Islamist rebels in Tal al-Harra and Tal Antar near Deir al-Adas in the northerncountryside of Daraa, which lies close to the Syrian-controlled Golan.

The report specifically claimed that targets belonging to Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and rival jihadists ISIS were struck, though those details could not be confirmed. Pro-Assad sources usually claim airstrikes target those two jihadist groups – which do hold some territory in southern Syria – even though they often target other rebel groups.

Fars, which like all Iranian media outlets is close to the regime in Tehran, claimed “(t)he Russian fighter jets‘ attacks have an important message for Israel while Tal Aviv (sic) is trying to pretend


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