Syrian soldiers stand at the Nasib border crossing with Jordan in Deraa, Syria July 7, 2018. REUTERS/ Omar Sanadiki
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Iran pulls back from Golan in Syria, Israel not satisfiedIranian forces have withdrawn their heavy weapons in Syria to a distance of 85 kilometers from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, TASS quoted a Russian envoy as saying Wednesday, but Israel deemed the pullback inadequate.Backed by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar Assad has retaken territory in southwestern Syria from rebels, closing in on the Golan.Moscow has sought to reassure Israel by saying it wants only Syrian forces to deploy on or near the Syrian-held Golan. Israel, however, insists that forces controlled by Iran, its archfoe, exit Syria entirely now the civil war there is ending.Last week an Israeli official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Russia had offered to keep Iranian forces at least 100 kilometers from the Golan Heights cease-fire line.In an apparent riposte, Russia's Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov said Monday that Moscow could not compel Iran to leave Syria.
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