Natanyahu admits Israeli forces operating in Syria

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted for the first time Tuesday that Israeli forces have been operating in Syria , where the Iran-backed regime is battling rebels including the jihadist Islamic State ISIS . "We occasionally carry out operations in Syria to prevent that country from becoming a front against us," Netanyahu told reporters during a visit to northern Israel . "We also do everything to prevent weapons, particularly lethal ones, being moved from Syria to Lebanon," he added. Netanyahu did not provide further details and his comments were the first public recognition that Israel has been active in conflict-riddled Syria . Israel opposes the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which has been battling an armed rebellion since March 2011, but has sought to avoid being dragged into the war in neighbouring Syria . (yahoo news)

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