Hezbollah and Hamas reportedly joining forces in Lebanon
Iranian general denies reports of imminent withdrawal from SyriaThe Iranian army's deputy chief said the US and Israel need to get used to Iran's presence in the region.
An Iranian military official says Iran has no plan to pull out of southern Syria, dismissing reports from last week which suggested otherwise.
"Iran and Syria enjoy deep relations that won't be affected by anybody's propaganda," Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, told Tasnim news agency. The US and Israel, he added, "need to know that this situation (Iran's presence in Syria) isn't going to change."
Jazayeri called on US forces to leave Syria and stressed that Iranian "advisors" are present in Syria "by request of the regime and the Syrian people."
Last week, a London-based Syrian human rights organization said forces of Iran and Hezbollah were preparing to pull out of the governorates of Daraa and Quneitra, which are adjacent to the border with Israel.
Meanwhile, an Israeli official denied reports that Russia and Israel had agreed on a strategy to prevent Iran's presence along Israel's border.
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