Netanyahu warns Assad against Iran entrenchment in Syria

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday he would be "risking the future" of his regime if he allowed Iran to be entrenched militarily in his
country.

"We will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria," he told reporters alongside visiting US pointman on Iran policy, Brian Hook.

The two men called for an extension of an arms embargo on Iran, archfoe of both their countries, which expires in October.

"I say to the ayatollahs in Tehran: 'Israel will continue to take the actions necessary to prevent you from creating another terror and military front against Israel'" in neighboring Syria, the premier said.

"And I say to Bashar al-Assad: 'You're risking the future of your country and your regime," Netanyahu said.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes in Syria since the start of its civil war in 2011, targeting government troops, allied Iranian forces and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

It rarely confirms details of operations in Syria, but says Iran's presence in support of Assad is a threat to the Jewish state and that it will keep up such attacks.

"We are absolutely resolved to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in our immediate vicinity," said Netanyahu.

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