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Sukhoi Su-24 in the sky over Syria, December 10, 2018.

The Russian and Syrian air forces conducted a joint drill in Syria on Tuesday for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, according to Syria’s Defense Ministry.

Two Russian SU-35 fighter jets and six Syrian MiG-23 and MiG-29 jets simulated confronting warplanes and drones, according to an AP report. The Syrian jets operated in the drill with the Russian planes acting in support.

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The drill came after Syrian state TV reported that Israeli missiles struck army positions south of Damascus.

The opposition-affiliated, London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Israeli strike targeted the Kisweh region south of Damascus, where Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias are based.

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