Israel Minister warns it could attack Iranian military assets in Iraq in view of airstrikes on Syria

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Israel’s defense minister signaled on Monday it could attack suspected Iranian military assets in Iraq, as it has done by carrying out scores of air strikes in civil war-torn Syria.

UPDATE: Militants must be “cleaned out” of Syria’s Idlib province, Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Monday as he prepared for talks between Iran, Syria and Russia about confronting the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman signaled on Monday Israel could attack suspected Iranian military assets in Iraq, as it has done by carrying out scores of airstrikes in civil-war-torn Syria.

“We are certainly monitoring everything that is happening in Syria, and regarding Iranian threats we are not limiting ourselves just to Syrian territory. This also needs to be clear,” Liberman told a conference in Yerushalayim.


The Times of Israel

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Damascus on Monday for talks on the latest developments in the country, Iranian news agencies reported.

Zarif will meet with Syrian top leadership, including his counterpart Walid Muallem, President Bashar Assad and Prime Minister Imad Khamis.

Zarif’s visit to Syria follows that of Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami last week, and comes ahead of a planned meeting in Tehran this week of the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey to discuss ending the Syrian civil war.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Sunday with a US envoy for Syria for talks on the war-ravaged country and Iran, his office said.

Netanyahu discussed “the situation in Syria and the joint effort to stop Iran’s terror and aggression” with James Jeffrey, the US special representative for Syria engagement, said a statement.

Ahead of the visit, the US State Department said Jeffrey, accompanied by US special envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn, would discuss “maintaining Israel’s security while countering Iran’s destabilizing activity throughout the region.”

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