Lebanon: Playing with Fire

Israeli jets and Syrian missiles score a high-risk conflict

The message that crackled across the air waves, and clattered over chancellery teletypes in a score of capitals, was charged with menace. Israeli Phantom fighter-bombers, firing air-to-air missiles, had just brought down a Syrian helicopter as it took off from an airbase near Riyaq in east central Lebanon. Later in the day, a second Israeli air attack downed another Syrian helicopter, killing all four crewmen aboard. Before wheeling back to Israel, according to Lebanese claims that were strongly denied by Jerusalem, the Israeli jets...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!