Russian foreign minister: US-patronaged fighters pose most danger in Syria

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Those reports were based on a joint presidential statement issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump which stated that the two leaders had reached a Memorandum of Principles on "the reduction, and ultimate elimination, of foreign forces and foreign fighters from the area".

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the worldwide community.

Tel Aviv has been pushing Washington and Moscow to deny Iran, Hezbollah, and Shia militias any permanent bases in Syria, and to keep them away from the border with the Golan Heights. -Russian arrangement for Syria.

According to The Times of Israel, Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot made a secret trip to Brussels last Thursday to meet with General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of the USA army's European command, to discuss Iranian influence in Syria.

"I have clarified to our friends in Washington and our friends in Moscow that we will operate in Syria, including southern Syria, in accordance with our understanding and in accordance with our security needs", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this evening (Tuesday) that Israel has offered to help Iran and Iraq via the Red Cross in the wake of the major natural disaster that rattled the region.

A week after Haaretz reported that Netanyahu would not be addressing the yearly gathering, officials at the Prime Minister's Office said on Monday that he would indeed would be interviewed by live satellite during the event.

Israel's military has said it has carried out around 100 strikes in Syria.

On Saturday, Israel shot down a Syrian unmanned aircraft that it said tried to infiltrate Israeli airspace from neighboring Syria. Damascus did not immediately respond.

Russia, which has a long-term military garrison in Syria, has said it wants foreign forces to quit the country eventually.

Pressed by a reporter as to how exactly the Russians would convince the Iranians to withdraw from Syria entirely, the official described the memorandum as having "kind of extended that (earlier) progress to really turn the area into a de-escalation area", before reiterating that United States policy remains committed to a Syria "free of Iran, free of Hezbollah, free of all these militias that the Iranians have imported".

"If this works, this is an auspicious signal, would be an auspicious signal, that our policy objective - the objective that I think so many of us share, of getting these guys out of Syria ultimately - that there's a path in that direction", the official said.

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