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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, expressing condolences to Russia, did not mention Israel but emphasized the urgency of reining in Iran.

“Yesterday’s unfortunate incident reminds us of the need to find permanent, peaceful, and political resolutions to the many overlapping conflicts in the region and the danger of tragic miscalculation in Syria’s crowded theater of operations,” Pompeo said in a statement. “It underlines the urgent need to resolve the Syrian conflict … and to end Iran’s provocative transit of dangerous weapon systems through Syria, which are a threat to the region.”

Syrian air defense missiles shot down a 15-crew Russian plane amidst an Israeli air raid on the Syrian city of Latakia, according to Israeli and Russian officials.

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