I'll use force to expel USA troops from Syria, says Assad

Saul Bowman
May 31, 2018

"We always said that we have Iranian officers, but they work with our army, we don't have [Iranian] troops".

Northeastern Syria, where Syrian Kurds have declared a self-governing autonomous region, is the biggest territory still outside the remit of the government. Areas in the southwest and the northwest are the only large parts of the country still in control of rebels seeking to overthrow him.

Kurdish forces, which are supported by the U.S., now control around a third of the country. having taken huge swathes of territory from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). "The fight against its aggression hasn't ended yet-we are still in it". "We are countering the Iranian military buildup in Syria that targets us and we are also acting against the [attempts to] transfer risky weapons from Syria to Lebanon", Netanyahu stated at the beginning of this week's government meeting.

"This is the first option".

"If not, we're going to resort.to liberating those areas by force".

In an interview with Tasnim, Faisal Mekdad reaffirmed Syria's commitment to supporting Palestine, saying an Israeli aggression against one of them is tantamount to an attack on the other. "Somehow, they are going to leave". They have to learn the lesson.

"The Russians do not want the Iranians to become too powerful in post-ISIS Syria", he said, referring to the multinational effort to crush the extremists that captured swaths of Syria and Iraq in 2014. "People don't accept foreigners in this region anymore".

Moscow, Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad's ally, brokered a string of de-escalation zones for insurgent enclaves previous year, though fighting raged on in some.

Trump said in April he wanted to withdraw American troops from Syria relatively soon, but also voiced a desire to leave a "strong and lasting footprint".

Whilst it does not admit to all the recent strikes in Syria, Israel acknowledges launching a number of raids in the war-torn country to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to Iran's proxy, Hezbollah.

"The Americans should leave", Assad said.

Before he took office in January 2018, Donald Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for deciding not to respond to Assad's use of chemical weapons. But the Western retaliation had no impact on the wider conflict, in which Assad's forces continued their advances. Assad told the interviewer he had no nickname for Trump because "This is not my language, so, I can not use similar language". This is his language.

"I think there is a very known principle, that what you say is what you are".

"The Iranian militia is the spearhead of the offensive of the Assad forces and its role has been clear for five years, which prevented the Syrians from their freedom and topple the regime".

Assad has said that direct conflict between his ally Russian Federation and the U.S. in Syria was narrowly avoided.

Missiles fire is seen over Damascus on May 10 as Israel struck targets in Syria.

Syria Direct sent a request for comment to the Tiger Forces, an elite unit of Syrian army soldiers that reportedly deployed to Daraa last week, on troop mobilizations and Wednesday's rebel attack but did not receive a reply by the time of publication.

"We need to sit down at the negotiating table", - said Russian politician.

However, Israel's justification for its air strikes based on alleged Iranian assets is a "lie", Assad told RT's Murad Gazdiev in an exclusive interview. He said that Syria's air defenses were now much stronger than before thanks to Russian Federation.

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