Iran's Military Chief Vows to Confront Israel During Visit to Damascus

Iran's Military Chief Vows to Confront Israel During Visit to Damascus

Iran's Military Chief Vows to Confront Israel During Visit to Damascus

Heading a high-ranking delegation, the top Iranian general has travelled to Syria to broaden defense and military cooperation with the Arab country and promote cooperation in the fight against terrorism. He also stressed Iran's commitment to help in the reconstruction process in Syria.

The United States is "trying to impede the success of the Syrian army in the war on terror", Chief of the Syrian army's General Staff Ali Abdullah Ayyoub told the SANA news agency on Wednesday, during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Bagheri who is visiting Damascus.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly criticized a US-Russian cease-fire deal in Syria, saying that it does not include any provisions to stop Iranian expansion in the area.

Netanyahu says that "Iran has to understand that Israel will not allow this".

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Israeli Air Force jets on Monday bombed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus after an Israeli plane flying over Lebanon had been fired at.

Tensions have risen this year between Lebanon's Hezbollah and Israel, which have avoided a major conflict since 2006.

No one was hurt and no property damage was reported. -Russian ceasefire deal in southern Syria, which he claims turns a blind eye to Iranian efforts to militarize the Golan Heights, from which the Islamic Republic's Shiite proxies could target northern Israel with short- and medium-range missiles.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reportedly told Israeli officials that their request for a 25-mile buffer zone was unrealistic, and could not guarantee a buffer of more than about eight to ten miles from the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.

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