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    Iran-Israel Conflict Escalates in Shadow of Syrian Civil War

    Updated: April 10, 2018 at 10:55 am EST  See Comments

    Israel on Monday appeared to have escalated its shadow war in Syria against Iran, with a predawn airstrike against a military base that coordinates Iranian-backed militias, killing four Iranian military advisers.

    The dead included a colonel who served as a senior officer in Iran’s drone program, according to Iranian news reports.

    The attack on the Syrian air base near the desert town of Palmyra in central Syria drew new attention to a conflict between Iran and Israel that has been steadily increasing in intensity while mostly hidden in the shadows of Syria’s civil war.

    As Iran has taken advantage of the war’s chaos to build a substantial military infrastructure, Israel has launched scores of strikes to try to stop it, or at least to slow it down.

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