(Washington Post) Israeli forces engaged in a brief but deadly fight Sunday against Syrian militiamen allied with the Islamic State, killing four militants in the fraught borderlands of the Golan Heights.
It was the "first substantial fight" between Israeli soldiers and ISIS affiliates in the long-running Syrian war, said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israel military spokesman. No Israelis were injured.
Although there have been dozens of cases of errant and intentional artillery, mortar and small-arms fire from Syria toward Israeli-controlled territory in the occupied Golan Heights, this exchange involved the group known as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, whose leaders publicly pledged their allegiance to Islamic State in 2014.
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