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Iran Vows to Keep Military Forces in Syria

Iran Vows to Keep Military Forces in Syria

Thursday, 17 January, 2019 - 06:15
Revolutionary Guards top commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari. Fars news agency
London - Asharq Al-Awsat
Iran will keep military forces in Syria, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, defying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s threats that they might be targeted if they do not leave the war-torn country.

Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israeli forces would continue to attack Iranians in Syria and warned them "to get out of there fast, because we will
continue with our resolute policy".

Rebuffing the threats, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Revolutionary Guards top commander, was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency that "Iran will keep all its military and revolutionary advisers and its weapons in Syria."

Jafari called Netanyahu's threats "a joke", and warned that the Israeli government "was playing with (a) lion's tail."

"You should be afraid of the day that our precision-guided missiles roar and fall on your head," he said.

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