The combative terrorists were found dug in on the Golan Heights in a small Syrian village just across the border with Israel, from where they were collecting intelligence against Israeli targets.
In the latest annual global human rights report, the United States has stopped using the term "occupied" when talking about areas of Palestine controlled by Israel, including the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza.
"The American decision to drop the adjective "occupied" in [reference to] the Palestinian territories and the Golan is a continuation of the American administration's approach, which is a hostile to the Palestinian people and in violation of resolutions of worldwide legitimacy", spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in comments published on the official PA news site Wafa.
According to Reuters, Daqduq's fate became a source of tension between Baghdad and Washington in 2011 as the USA military reportedly prepared to withdraw from Iraq.More news: Sega stops sales of Judgement in Japan following major actor’s arrest
People walk near the US State Department in Washington, March 26, 2018. UN Resolution 2334 calls Israeli settlement activity on the territory a "flagrant violation" of global law with "no legal validity". Israel effectively annexed the Golan in 1981, in a move not recognized internationally, when it adopted legislation that applied its laws to the area.
Despite the change in language, a USA official denied that the Trump administration had changed its policy of recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the area.
In 2017, Trump broke with decades of USA policy on Jerusalem and recognized the city as Israel's capital, angering Palestinians who seek its eastern sector as capital of a state they want to establish in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
An IDF spokesperson said on Wednesday, "We're not going to allow Hezbollah to establish a terror infrastructure on the Golan capable of striking Israeli civilians".More news: Marvel Studios Taps Destin Creston To Direct 'Shang Chi' Film
American officials have said the U.S. administration intends to publish a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the near future.
Graham spoke during a tour of the plateau, captured from Syria during the 1967 Middle East War, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Breaking with a decades-long policy, and drawing Palestinian accusations of pro-Israel bias, President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2017.More news: Beto O'Rourke launches 2020 bid for president, Texas TV station confirms