Biggest Israeli strikes inside Syria since 1973; 3 US prisoners released from North Korea; Spotlight on Niger; Australia’s China prediction; And a bit more. – DefenseOne

Israel just carried out its largest strikes in Syria since the 1973 war, the Associated Press reports from neighboring Beirut. The overnight attacks — early video alleging to show the Syrian counterattack can be seen here — came in “response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights.”

About the alleged attack triggering Israeli retaliation: “Iran’s Quds Force fired 20 rockets at Israeli front-line military positions in the Golan Heights” on Thursday. “Four of the rockets were intercepted, while the others fell short of their targets,” an Israeli military spox said. “Should there be another Iranian attack, we will be prepared for it,” he told AP.

via Biggest Israeli strikes inside Syria since 1973; 3 US prisoners released from North Korea; Spotlight on Niger; Australia’s China prediction; And a bit more. – Defense One