Iran, Syria determined in war on terror

Pauline Gross
October 21, 2017

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.

Iran's Chief of Staff for Iran's Armed Forces Mohammad Bagheri announced drawing a new policy to boost military cooperation between his country and the Syrian regime.

Additionally, Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terrorist organization, has expanded operations on Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Israel fears Iran will plant itself on the country's doorstep by establishing a Shiite "corridor", with land links from Iran to Lebanon, allowing the movement of fighters and weapons across the region.

On Monday, the Israeli army attacked an anti-aircraft battery in Syria, near Damascus, after it fired a missile targeting Israel Air Force planes.

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The agreement came following a meeting held between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman with high-level officers of the Russian military that included Shoigu.

The Syrian army reported no casualities from the airstrike, which it said it had only caused limited material damage, yet warned "of the serious repercussions of the repeated aggressive attempts by 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.

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

As the war in Syria seems to be winding down in Assad's favor due to Moscow's intervention, Israel fears that Iran will help Hezbollah produce accurate precision-guided missiles and aid Hezbollah and other Shi'ite militias to strengthen their foothold in the Golan Heights.

Other reports by GizPress

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