Israel Kills 7 ISIS Members in Golan Heights

An Israeli air strike has killed seven militants believed to be linked to the Islamic State group and seeking to infiltrate the country from the Syrian Golan Heights, the army said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in a major change to the pre-conflict 2011 status quo, Russian military police began deploying alongside returning United Nations peacekeepers on the Syrian-held Golan and planned to set up eight observation posts in the area, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said.

Israeli soldiers patrol the cease-fire line between Israel and Syria, as seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. "We will not let Iran use Syria as a base to attack us from".

The peacekeeping mission was halted in 2014, over security concerns, amid the violence in Syria's civil war.

The retaliatory attacks set back Iranian military capabilities in Syria by "many months", the IDF said.

He said the Russian presence there was temporary, and that the observation posts would be handed over to Syrian government forces once the situation stabilized.

The area had become particularly volatile in recent weeks amid a Syrian government offensive to retake territories controlled by the opposition adjacent to the frontier.

During their summit in Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump said they were exploring ways to protect Israel from the war in Syria.

A military source said on Thursday that the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) had engaged and killed several members of Daesh group on Tuesday through Wednesday, while they were trying to cross the Jordanian border.

He declined to say specifically where they were located, but said it was in the southern Golan, near the Jordanian border. He said a preliminary assessment was that the infiltrators were Islamic State militants.

But Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman sounded more upbeat on Thursday during a tour of anti-aircraft batteries.

The fighters had been detected by Israeli surveillance well before they crossed and the... Jonathan Conricus, said in a telephone briefing with reporters that he could not immediately comment on the deployment on the Syrian side of the border.

  • Tracy Klein