Since then, the Israeli Air Force has continued smaller-scale airstrikes in Syria in response to Syrian or Iranian provocations, as well as targeted Iranian efforts to transfer weapons into Syria to bolster pro-Iranian militias and Hezbollah.
But Tehran has dismissed any suggestion that it will leave.
“We came [to Syria] not at the invitation of the United States, and we will not leave because of its threats,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a close adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said at the Valdai Discussion Club while visiting Moscow.
At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with Putin three times in the last six months to press him on the issue. At a meeting in Moscow, Netanyahu firmly told Putin that “Iran needs to leave Syria.”