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Report: Israel notified US ahead of Syrian airstrike

The Kremlin, however, said it didn’t know. Following Russia’s full-scale entry into the Syria civil war in 2015, Israel and Russia set up a system to coordinate military actions there to avoid accidentally trading fire.

A squadron of Israel Air Force planes in a exercise. Credit: The Israel Defense Forces via Flickr.
A squadron of Israel Air Force planes in a exercise. Credit: The Israel Defense Forces via Flickr.

Israel reportedly informed the United States in advance of its airstrike in Syria early Monday morning, two U.S. officials told NBC News.

While the Israel Defense Forces has not confirmed it was behind the airstrike, both Russia and Syria have blamed Israel for the military attack on the T-4 base in Homs province, which has reportedly killed 14 people.

Notably, the Kremlin said that Israel did not notify Russia ahead of the airstrike on the Syrian base. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov called Israel’s actions “a cause for concern.”

Following Russia’s full-scale entry into the Syria civil war in 2015, both countries set up a mechanism to coordinate military actions in the country in order to avoid accidentally trading fire.

Israel, which has purportedly carried out more than 100 strikes inside of Syria since 2012, has mostly targeted suspected weapons’ convoys for the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, a close ally of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

However, with Iran’s presence growing in the country in recent years, Israel has also begun to target Iranian infrastructure in the country. The T-4 base was most recently hit by Israel in February after an Iranian drone violated Israeli airspace after taking off from the base.

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