U.S. hinders Syrian army's war on terror - General Staff chief

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Prime Minister Netanyahu and other defense officials have repeatedly warned of "red lines" that would lead military interventions in Syria, including the transfer of advanced weapons from Iran to Hezbollah and the Iranian presence on Israel's northern border. He also stressed Iran's commitment to help in the reconstruction process in Syria.

According to the report in Asharq al-Awsat, Shoigu told Israeli officials that the 5 km demand was unrealistic and that Iranian and Hezbollah troops have not approached the border since Russian troops entered Syria, saying that therefore the request was "exaggerated" and "superfluous".

Iran's military chief met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday during a visit to Damascus to set out a joint military strategy, Syria's state news agency reported, a sign of deepening Iranian influence that has alarmed Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting in the former's office in Jerusalem on October 17, 2017.

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

The Russian defense minister arrived in Israel Monday just hours after the Israeli military launched a strike against a Syrian army anti-aircraft battery, after the battery opened fire on Israeli Air Force planes.

Iranian forces and Iran-backed Shi'ite militias, including Hezbollah, have provided critical military support to Damascus, helping it regain swathes of Syria from rebels and militants. The army said the battery targeted was the same that fired at Israeli jets last March, prompting Israel make use of its Arrow anti-missile system for the first time.

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