Jordan army says several ISIL fighters killed in border clashes

UN peacekeepers return after 4 years to Israel-occupied Golan Heights near Syria

Israel says Assad back in charge, Syrian front likely to be quieter

Last week, Israeli military forces targeted a Syrian Air Force fighter jet over the Golan Heights as it was flying in Syria's airspace and conducting a series of airstrikes against the positions of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the occupied territories.

Iranian forces have withdrawn their heavy weapons in Syria to a distance of 85 km (53 miles) from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, TASS quoted a Russian envoy as saying on Wednesday, but Israel deemed the pullback inadequate.

Israel described the Syrian civil war as effectively over on Thursday and predicted that the Golan Heights frontier between the countries would be quieter with central rule by Damascus restored there.

The defense minister's statement seems to contradict the much-repeated "Assad must go" and "monster Assad" rhetoric picked by the West and previously echoed by Israel.

But they entered a downward spiral in recent times when Israel intensified its bombing of military infrastructure in Syria.

Rudskoy said Russian military police have accompanied the peacekeepers on patrols, adding that eight Russian-manned observation points opposite the United Nations points will be set up "to rule out possible provocations". "We will not let Iran use Syria as a base to attack us from".

"It did not seem as if they were fleeing, seeking refuge", Conricus said.

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Israel has killed seven Syrian fighters it believed were about to carry out an attack on the Golan Heights for Islamic State.

Asked whether Israel should be less wary of possible flare-ups on the Golan - much of which it seized from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognised overseas - Lieberman said: "I believe so".

Israeli forces monitored the militants' movements before carrying out the strike, he said.

With assault rifles and explosive belts, the operatives approached a security fence on Israel's side of the border overnight, an army spokesman said.

"Anti-aircraft, our aerial defences, are really prepared and ready and prove their abilities at the moment of truth", Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters.

"Had they been able to continue, they would have come to the Israeli security fence", Conricus said.

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