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.