Russia Demands USA to Close Military Base in Syria

Russia Demands USA to Close Military Base in Syria

Russia Demands USA to Close Military Base in Syria

Israeli Defense Forces said they killed seven Islamic State militants in an attack early Thursday in Syria's Golan Heights area.

A military source said on Thursday that the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) had engaged and killed several members of Daesh group on Tuesday through Wednesday, while they were trying to cross the Jordanian border.

Russian Federation will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defense ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area.

Israel considers Iran's growing influence in Syria - it has advisers and allied militias fighting alongside Syrian troops- as an existential threat and had looked for guarantees from Moscow to push pro-Iran fighters away from its frontiers.

However, numerous other reports differed: Three missiles and one unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) were allegedly shot down by Syrian air defenses, according to Syrian activist Wael al-Russia, Sputnik reported.

Israel has been blamed for previous attacks on a suspected Iranian military base in the el-Kisweh area.

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Israel has been lobbying the Kremlin to use its influence with Assad, and with Tehran, to try to get the Iranian military presence in Syria scaled back.

Rudskoy said Russian military police have accompanied the peacekeepers on patrols, adding that eight Russian-manned observation points opposite the United Nations points will be set up "to rule out possible provocations".

During their summit in Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump said they were exploring ways to protect Israel from the war in Syria.

Asked whether Israel should be less wary of possible flare-ups on the Golan - much of which it seized from Syria in the 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognised overseas - Lieberman said: "I believe so". They didn't elaborate but later Putin said he agreed with Trump on securing Israel's border with Syria in line with the 1974 deal.

When asked whether Israeli forces should be less wary about possible tension in the Golan Heights, the top official answered: "I believe so".

Chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operations Directorate, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi, reported on Thursday that the control over the Syrian-Jordanian border had been fully restored after an operation of the Russian Aerospace Forces and further assistance from the military police. He said a preliminary assessment was that the infiltrators were Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

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