>> Israel has carried out multiple strikes on Iranian targets in Syria. On Monday, fighter jets focused on Iranian Quds Force, targeting the ignition stores, a site at Damascus International Airport, an intelligence site, and a military training camp. At least 11 people are reported to have been killed, but Syrian state media said the country's Russian air defense system had intercepted and destroyed most of the targets.
This video purportedly shows the Syrian Army retaliating later on Monday. The Israeli strikes were launched in response to cross border fire over the weekend when Syria says it repelled an air attack and the Israeli defense forces reported shooting down a rocket fired at a ski resort in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.
>> We have a permanent policy to strike at Iranian entrenchment in Syria and hurt whoever tries to hurt us.>> Perceiving Iran as its biggest threat, Israel has repeatedly attacked Iranian targets and those of allied militia, aiming to push them far from its Syrian frontier. The flare-up comes after President Donald Trump abruptly announced a withdrawal of US troops from Syria saying the threat from Islamic State was over.
That decision sparked criticism and forced some of his top aides to resign. On Sunday, Brett McGurk a former special envoy in the coalition against ISIS, said the withdrawal could create a power vacuum in Syria.>> Well, having a presence on the ground is the critical force multiplier that has allowed us to defeat ISIS as a physical space, to give us the intelligence to keep pressure on them.
And pulling out all those forces will have a very significant repercussions, which we need to be ready for.