Israel launches counter-strikes after Iran attacks Golan Heights

Israel said the strikes were in response to a missile volley fired from southern Syria by Iran's Quds force, that struck the occupied Golan Heights without causing casualties.

Iran's hardliners are already mobilising against any concessions to Europe, with hundreds protesting in Tehran after Friday prayers, saying it was time to abandon the deal.

On Thursday, a powerful Iraqi paramilitary group with links to Iran said Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal would "ignite the region".

Zarif will maintain high-pressure talks with the opposite events to the deal, first in Beijing and Moscow, after which along with his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany in Brussels on Tuesday. Israel considers the government in Iran an existential threat.

As the closest Middle East ally of President Donald Trump, Netanyahu has been central to US decisions that have reshaped the political map of the region.

"Should there be another Iranian attack, we will be prepared for it", he said.

The Kremlin says that Russian Federation and its ex-Soviet allies will sign a free trade pact with Iran.

"Russia is not happy with Iran gaining too much power, too much influence there", he said. The grouping includes Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

Meanwhile, Europe continues to react angrily to the USA threat to impose sanctions on any businesses that continue to deal with Iran. It also came just hours after President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the US from the Iran nuclear deal.

The clashes will eventually likely lead not to further escalation, but to the "consolidation of new "red lines" tacitly endorsed by Israel and Iran", he said in an analysis written for the Carnegie Middle East Center. "Obviously we need the only country that can unilaterally destroy this agreement to stay committed, which is Iran".

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"This deal is not a bilateral treaty. It's a UN Security Council Resolution and it belongs to the entire world".

Merkel's office said she spoke with Putin by phone on Friday, a week before the German leader travels to Sochi to meet the Russian president.

After Trump announced the USA withdrawal from the deal on Tuesday, Rouhani warned that Iran would resume uranium enrichment at an even higher rate if the accord collapses.

"We hit almost all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria", said Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in a rare Israeli acknowledgment of strikes in Syria.

Israel has made repeated efforts to persuade Moscow not to sell the S-300s to Syria, as it fears this would hinder its aerial capabilities against arms shipments to Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.

No doubt the revived sanctions will be devastating for the Iranian economy, but Iran has survived a more onerous economic siege in the past while, this time round, ordinary Iranians will be more likely to blame the intransigence of the USA rather than that of their own leaders.

There may not be much Iran can do about President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, but across the Middle East it has a variety of ways it can hit back at the United States and its regional allies.

Riad Hadi, an Iraqi army veteran, said Iraq will end up paying the price for Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

All five have condemned Trump's move to walk out of the deal and reimpose crippling sanctions, but European companies in particular will be highly vulnerable to economic pressure from Washington.

She conceded that "it is certainly anything but ideal" and acknowledged that there are many other issues of concern with Iran.

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