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Israel wants Russia to remove pro-Iran militias from Syrian border

Netanyahu and Putin meet in Moscow. Photo: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images

Israel has approached Russia several times in the last few weeks to demand that they meet their obligations under a cease fire deal signed with the U.S. last November by preventing pro-Iranian militias from entering a buffer zone on the Syrian-Israeli border.

Why it matters: The protests show Israel's growing nervousness over the Iranian buildup in Syria. Recent flashpoints between Israel and Russia in Syria are also making it harder for the countries to maintain close coordination.