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The U.S. military is pulling its forces from an American-led coalition base in Iraq and shifting them to Afghanistan following the defeat of Islamic State group militants in the country.

Western contractors at the base say U.S. troops began the drawdown over the past week, with groups of soldiers leaving the base on daily flights. The exact scale of the redeployment was unclear.

According to various estimates, as of 2016, there were more 5,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Iraq, with nearly 4,000 deployed to support and assist local groups fighting ISIS militants. The remaining personnel included special operations forces, logistics workers and troops on temporary rotations, the BBC reported.

Source: Fox News

Troops loyal to the Syrian regime along with Hezbollah fighters have allegedly been finalizing plans to launch a large-scale operation against Syrian opposition forces near the border with Israel, according to Iranian media.

"The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters have been working on a joint plan to end militancy in Southern Syria, particularly near the Golan Heights," Iran's Fars news agency quoted unnamed military sources as saying Monday.

The sources added that the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah has already deployed a large contingency of fighters near the Quneitra area, located between Syria and the Israeli Golan Heights.

Source: Jerusalem Post

Hamas is determined to maintain good ties with Iran, a Beirut representative of the Gaza-based terrorist group declared on Friday, Iran’s semi-official state news agency Fars reported.

Ali Baraka, Hamas’ envoy to Lebanon, reportedly made the statement during a meeting with Mohammad Majedi, a high-ranking Iranian diplomatic official stationed at the Islamic Republic’s embassy in Beirut.

A decade of Gaza blockade, the continuation of Zionist aggressions against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the mushrooming Zionist settlements in the West Bank make it inevitable that the Palestinians, including Hamas should strengthen and promote ties with Iran.

According to the report, Majedi vowed continued Iranian support for “the Palestinian nation, the resistance groups and Palestine’s Intifada against Israel’s occupation.”

Source: Algemeiner