BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The United States will allow Iranian military elements and Iranian-backed militias operating in Syria to take up positions within eight kilometers of the Israeli-occupied Golan border region according to a report released yesterday by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat news agency.
The report stated that an agreement to allow both actual Iranian forces and Iranian proxies in Syria to establish bases as close as eight kilometers to both the Jordanian and Israeli borders was recently reached between US and Russian diplomats following talks in Jordan.
This report comes at a time when Russia has official downplayed Israeli hysteria over the presence of Iranian forces in Syria, refusing to entertain Netanyahu’s claims that Iran is preparing to attack Israel.
If it is in fact true that the US will grant such concessions to Iranian forces – actual and proxy – in Syria, then it indicates that the US too finds no validity in Israeli claims that Iran’s anti-terrorism operations throughout the war-stricken nation threatens Israel directly or indirectly.
Despite officially being neutral, Israel has participated in the Syrian War on the side of jihadist militias, helping to worsen security and humanitarian conditions in the country.
In addition to backing Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organizations such as the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) jihadist group with weapons, intelligence and medical aid, Israel has repeatedly carried out airstrikes against pro-government forces (sometimes in direct support of sectarian militias on the ground) under the guise of preventing the transportation of Iranian-built strategic weapons (now referred to as “game-changing” weapons in Israeli lingo) to Hezbollah.
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