Iran coordinates military presence in Syria with Russia: Iranian official

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He also took a thinly veiled swipe at Donald Trump, saying the U.S. president's "unreliable" actions had made Iran's close ties with Moscow all the more necessary.

Velayati cited Russian and Iranian cooperation in Syria, where they both support President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the seven-year Syrian civil war against what the Iranian official called "terrorism and its sponsors".

Under the 2015 agreement, Iran strictly limited uranium enrichment capacity to satisfy the powers that it could not be used to develop atomic bombs.

As various rebel alliances fractured and jihadi forces such as the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) took over, however, the US began to shift its priorities in the conflict and Russian Federation intervened in support of Assad and his Iranian ally.

The two discussed the regional situation, including Syria, as well as commitment to Iran's nuclear agreement. Tehran is now believed to command up to 80,000 fighters in Syria - members of Shiite militias and paramilitary forces loyal to Iran. Israel has previously shot down drones it says were built by Iran, sometimes leading to further escalations.

The Israeli army has launched multiple air strikes against Iranian and pro-Iranian targets in Syria, while an American official said that the Israeli army has carried out an attack targeting the site of an Iraqi armed group in eastern Syria on June 17.

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In recent weeks, Israel's military has been on high alert over the Syrian regime's offensive in the southern and southwestern parts of the country. The province borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

"Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has long regarded relations with Russian Federation as strategic", Iranian state news agencies quoted Velayati as saying after meeting with Putin.

So what might a potential deal look like?

But Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior envoy of the Iranian leader who met with Mr. Putin Thursday, told reporters in Moscow Friday that Iran would not be forced out of Syria. That signals Russian acceptance that at least some of those forces should pull back.

Comments by some U.S. officials have also indicated what might be an emerging compromise among the key players.

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