Israel Bombs Syrian Research Facility

    An Israeli F-16 I fighter jet takes off during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli pilots in the Hatzerim air force base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beersheva, on December 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Syria's chaotic civil war got even messier Wednesday when an Israeli airstrike—allegedly aimed at truck convoy inside Syria—hit a scientific research center, killing two and causing "huge material damage." Israel and Syria, technically in a state of war, have maintained a fairly tranquil relationship for the past five years. Earlier in the week, Israel expressed concern about Syria's "chemical or advanced conventional weapons" making into the hands of Islamic rebels. The Syrian government denounced the attack in a statement, calling it a "breach of Syrian sovereignty.” Estimates of 60,000 have been killed in Syria's bloody civil war, which began in March of 2011.

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