Raised Israel-Russia tension is not the only troubling aspect of strike in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad inspects the Russian Hmeimim air base in the province of Latakia, Syria, June 27, 2017 (Syrian Presidency via AP, File)

Syrian President Bashar Assad inspects the Russian Hmeimim air base in the province of Latakia, Syria, June 27, 2017 (Syrian Presidency via AP, File)

The Latakia area is normally considered off-limits by Israel. The target of Monday’s attack there, which led to Syria’s downing of a Russian plane, must have been highly important

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Alleged Israeli strike said to target Iranian weapons delivery in Damascus

Anti-aircraft fire rises into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense positions and other military bases around Damascus, Syria, on May 10, 2018, following what the Israeli military said was an Iranian barrage of rockets against Israeli bases on the Golan Heights. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

Anti-aircraft fire rises into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense positions and other military bases around Damascus, Syria, on May 10, 2018, following what the Israeli military said was an Iranian barrage of rockets against Israeli bases on the Golan Heights. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

Missile attack at airport attributed to IDF reportedly causes ‘substantial’ damage to arms depots disguised as UN and DHL facilities 

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Russia launches largest military drill since Cold War

Russian T-80 main battle tank fires during a show at a shooting range in Alabino, outside of Moscow, Russia, on June 16, 2015 (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Russian T-80 main battle tank fires during a show at a shooting range in Alabino, outside of Moscow, Russia, on June 16, 2015 (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Kremlin says war games taking place in light of ‘aggressive and unfriendly’ attitudes toward Moscow; NATO condemns maneuvers as a rehearsal for ‘large-scale conflict’

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Big quake hits northern Japan, leaving 9 dead, 30 missing

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A cracked road and destroyed buildings are seen after an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Several people were reported missing in the nearby the town, where a massive landslide engulfed homes in an avalanche of soil, rocks and timber. (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)

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Health ministry confirms two Israelis dead in mass West Nile fever outbreak

A mosquito (illustrative photo credit: CC-BY 2.0 hofluk, Flickr)

A mosquito (illustrative photo credit: CC-BY 2.0 hofluk, Flickr)

14 people in serious condition after contracting mosquito-transmitted disease; officials say twice as many cases reported than previous year

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