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Israel Says F-35s See First-Ever Combat With IDF Over Syria

Israel's air force chief says F-35As were used in recent strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, the first "operational attack" for the newly fielded stealth jet.

Israel's air force commander says recent airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria were carried out by the F-35 stealth fighter – the first time the newly fielded warplane has been used in an "operational attack."

"The F-35 squadron has become an operational squadron," Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin said Tuesday, according to Haaretz.

"We are flying

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