1. ESCALATION

    U.S.: Israel Airstrikes in Syria

    This image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows shelling in Daraya, Syria, Thursday, April 25, 2013.  After five weeks of battle, Syrian government troops captured a strategic town near Damascus, cutting an arms route for rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime, state media and activists said Thursday. On Thursday, the army was already capitalizing on the territorial gains, pounding southern suburbs of Damascus including the long-contested Daraya with artillery barrages and air strikes, according to the Observatory. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Shaam News Network via AP video

    This can’t be good. CNN reports that the U.S. now says that Israel probably conducted an airstrike in Syria on Thursday or Friday. In this window, the U.S. reportedly has data that shows that Israel flew warplanes over Lebanon—but the Israeli warplanes probably did not enter the nation. While Israel has not commented on the situation, a source “close” to the nation’s defense said that Israel will do anything to stop the transfer of weapons from Syria to terrorists. Officials also said they had no reason to believe Israel was targeting a chemical weapons facility.

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