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    The Latest: Syria war monitor says Israeli strikes killed 6

    A Syria war monitor says an unprecedented wave of Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed at least six Syrian troops and allied militiamen.
    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the six were killed in Saturday’s Israeli strikes, which the Israeli military said struck Iranian targets in several parts of Syria.
    Sunday’s report by the Observatory says they included Syrian troops as well as Syrian and non-Syrian allied troops. The Britain-based Observatory monitors the war in Syria through a network of activists on the ground.
    The Israeli strikes marked Israel’s most serious engagement in neighboring Syria since fighting there began in 2011. Israel says the strikes were launched after it shot down an infiltrating Iranian drone.
    The United States has backed Israel and expressed deep concern over the latest escalation following Israel’s downing of an infiltrating Iranian drone and striking of Iranian targets deep in Syria.
    Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said late on Saturday that the U.S. “strongly supports Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself.”
    Nauert says that “Iran’s calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the? region — from Yemen to Lebanon — at risk.”
    She says ?the “U.S. continues to push back on the totality of Iran’s malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability.”

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