epa03878004 Iranian revolutionary guard soldiers march during the annual military parade marking the Iraqi invasion in 1980, which led to an eight-year-long war (1980-1988) in Tehran, Iran, 22 September 2013. Iranian president Hasan Rowhani said that Iran only wants to end the civil war in Syria for avoiding a new escalation of violence in the Middle East. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – Israel has denied any agreement with Russia regarding the removal of Iranian-backed forces from southwestern Syria, Israel’s Channel 10 News reported yesterday.

Citing Israeli officials, Channel 10’s report specifically stated that Israel has not reached an agreement regarding the Iranian-backed forces, despite the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations’ recent comments.

The Russian Ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, told reporters this weekend that Israel and Russia have reached an agreement regarding the removal Iranian troops from southwestern Syria; however, he was unable to give a time frame for this move.

“At this point, I cannot answer if it is being realized, but as far as I understand, the parties that were involved in reaching an agreement are satisfied with what they have achieved,” Nebenzya stated.

Despite this report, Al-Masdar has learned from the Syrian military that several Iranian-backed units have moved to eastern Syria, where they will take part in the offensive in the Badiya Al-Sham region.

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