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Iranian forces wanted out of Syria

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A fighter walks past a tank bearing a Hezbollah flag in the Qara area, in Syria's Qalamoun region, on August 28, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP)
By Middle East Affairs 

Israel, Jordan, and Russia have adamantly told Iran, that Iranian funded militias have no place at the southern Syria border.

Israel and Jordan have said countless times that the Shiite militias that support President Assad should not be allowed near their respective borders.

Jordan, Russia, and the U.S. were responsible for negotiating a cease-fire last year in south-west Syria which quenched fighting in a territory seized by anti-government forces.

Rumors have said that Assad emboldened by his allies support in the battlefield is considering instigating attacks in a de-escalation zone.

On Monday, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister said that only Syrian army troops under the orders of Assad should be on the southern border.

He said, “Of course, the withdrawal of all non-Syrian forces must be carried out on a mutual basis. This should be a two-way street.”

“The result of this work, which should continue and is continuing should be a situation when representatives of the Syrian Arab Republic’s army stand at Syria’s border with Israel,” said Lavrov.

Throughout the seven year war, Russia has proved to be Assad’s strongest ally proving funding and fighters, as well as air power which has undoubtedly contributed to Assad’s power.

Russian efforts in de-escalation negotiations in 2017 were also instrumental in achieving less active fighting between the two sides.

The U.S. has maintained that if Syria breaches its cease-fire agreement in the south, Washington would react very seriously.

Jordan alongside Israel has been speaking with Russia as to how they can clear Shiite militias away from the border.

In recent weeks, Israel has amped up its strikes on Iran in Syria. They have repeatedly called for Iranian forces to be denied military holding in Syria.