Israel says Assad back in charge, Syrian front likely to be quieter

Israel says Assad back in charge, Syrian front likely to be quieter

Israel's military said Thursday it killed seven suspected Islamic State-affiliated militants in territory it controls near the border with Syria, reflecting the risk of spillover as the Assad regime presses a military campaign to retake the country's southwest.

Russian Federation announced Thursday that it would deploy military police and place monitoring posts on the Golan Heights to prevent further confrontations.

Lieberman also pointed out that the Israeli air defense system, as well as the Israeli army forces, are prepared for any type of emergency threatening Israel's security.

In Moscow, the Russian Defence Ministry said its deployment of military police on the Syrian-held Golan was aimed at supporting a decades-old United Nations peacekeeper presence (see story on page 4).

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.

"It did not seem as if they were fleeing, seeking refuge", Conricus said.

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Lieberman said Israel will have "no cause to intervene or operate in Syrian territory" if Damascus respects the 1974 disengagement agreement between the two sides - and as long as Syria doesn't become a staging ground for Iranian forces to attack Israel or transfer arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

He declined to say specifically where they were located, but said it was in the southern Golan, near the Jordanian border.

The Israeli military confirmed a strike against what it called "armed terror operatives" but it did not give any details on casualties. An initial assessment by Israel's military identified the gunmen as Islamic State militants, in what would mark a rare attempt by the Islamist militants to infiltrate Israel. The army's announcement came shortly after Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman toured a Patriot missile defence battery in northern Israel during a military preparedness drill.

The fighters had been detected by Israeli surveillance well before they crossed and the...

There was no immediate Syrian government response to the border clashes reported by Jordan and Syria on Thursday.

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