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ANALYSIS

Israel’s air strike in Syria may be a taste of things to come, say security experts.

If Israel is considering an air strike on Iranian nuclear facilities it must ensure Hezbollah, an Islamist group in Lebanon and a proxy for Iran, does not get its hands on weapons that could cause the Jewish state problems — like anti-aircraft missiles.

“I would anticipate that this isn’t going to be the [last] Israeli air strike designed to degrade Hezbollah’s military capabilities over the next year,” said Gary Gambill, associate fellow at the Middle East Forum.

“If Israel is considering a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, then Hezbollah’s capacity to retaliate is going to be an important factor.”

U.S. officials said Israel targeted a convoy just inside Syria Wednesday believed to be carrying anti-aircraft weapons bound for Hezbollah.

The Syrian military, however, claimed Israeli jets crossed into their country over the Israeli-occupied…

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