Syria Vows to Fight Rebels Despite US Warning

Report Israel Iran engage in indirect negotiations over Syria fighting

Report Israel Iran engage in indirect negotiations over Syria fighting

"We believe that there is no room for any Iranian military presence anywhere in Syria", he said.

"Our position on Syria is clear", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his parliamentary faction in broadcast remarks.

Jordan said on Monday it was discussing south Syria with Washington and Moscow, and all three agreed on the need to preserve the ceasefire, which reduced violence since they brokered it previous year.

Government forces recently dropped leaflets on rebel-held areas in Daraa, warning of an imminent offensive and urging anti-Assad fighters to lay down their arms.

"When you consider the advanced weapon systems - surface to surface missiles and anti aircraft systems - that the Iranians want to deploy in Syria, it becomes clear that they must be prevented from doing so in all of Syria and not only within a limited distance from the Israeli border", Chagai Tzuriel, director-general of the intelligence ministry, told Reuters. The agreement was reportedly reached in December past year and seeks joint coordination to counter Iran's missile program and its proxy network across the Middle East.

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In addition to violence inside Syria, Daraa's location on the border of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights makes any operation there highly sensitive. A separate report in a Saudi newspaper said the regime had agreed that Iranian militias would stay 25 kilometres away.

Chagai Tzuriel, director general of the Israeli intelligence ministry, said he believed Russian Federation was growing frustrated with Iran's presence in Syria and was anxious that fighting between Israel and Iran would threaten Moscow's interests. The Iranians denied they had fired any rockets.

Russian Federation and Israel have allegedly agreed that militias loyal to Iran will be held back so that Assad can retake the region from rebels. One participant in the talks reportedly said that "the sides discussed this issue with the Israelis, and arrived at a quick agreement that even surprised the Israeli representatives".

The source added that the Syrian government will order the Syrian Army and the wider coalition of government forces to liberate the entirety of Syria.

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