Iran minister on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

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Mr Guterres's comments came as a calm night followed intense attacks on parts of Syria by Israel, which said the strikes on Thursday were retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the Golan Heights.

Iran's rocket fire at Israel risks destabilizing Syria just when the regime has some breathing room after seven years of civil war and Russian Federation opposes anything that might imperil the Assad regime.

As a result of air strikes of Israel on Iranian facilities in Syria killed at least 27 people.

Syria blamed Israel for the Wednesday strikes that hit near the capital. Moscow has also called Iran a partner in the war on terror against jihadists in Syria and elsewhere.

Although Israel has struck Iranian targets in Syria several times in the past, Trump's announcement to leave the multilateral Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) earlier this week has led Israel to intensify its assault.

The Israeli security cabinet estimates that the recent IDF activity in the area made it clear to the Iranians that they do not have enough operational resources to deal with the superiority of the IDF.

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who is allied with Hizballah, told the Associated Press in an interview that some 1,000 USA troops that are stationed in northern and eastern Syria to fight the Islamic State extremist group may be in danger.

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Iran vowed to respond and since then there have been sporadic incidents that appear to be Israeli efforts to thwart just such a response.

"Iran firmly condemns the attacks by the Zionist regime on Syrian territory", said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, cited Friday by semi-official news agency ISNA. It immediately retaliated with airstrikes that killed some Iranian fighters and destroyed a large number of Iranian bases in Syria. Israel considers the government in Iran an existential threat.

What does the nuclear deal have to do with rising tensions?

Even as Israel strains against Iran and Hezbollah having any kind of permanent military presence in Syria, its success there might depend on a major player who at the moment, remains an X-factor: Russian Federation.

Expectations of a flare-up in the Middle East were stoked by President Donald Trump's announcement on Tuesday that he was withdrawing the USA from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

"The Israelis want to make this into an Iran-Israel thing, but it isn't".

The Syrian military already had "everything it needed", Kozhin added. Israel has warned it will not tolerate its archenemy Iran establishing a military presence on its doorstep.

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