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Israel attacks Iranian and Syrian targets after F-16 shot down

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Photo: Ariel Hermoni / Israel Ministry of Defense via Getty Images

Israeli forces attacked Syrian government and Iranian targets in Syria on Saturday after one of its F-16 jets was downed by what appeared to be Syrian antiaircraft fire, per the N.Y. Times. 

Why it matters: This is believed to be the first Israeli jet downed by enemy forces since the 1980s, per the Times. It also marks a direct confrontation between Israeli troops and Iranians.