Russian Federation hints Iranian army should not stay on Israel’s border

Arturo Kim
May 31, 2018

Striking targets in Syria and threatening to assassinate the leader on the pretext of fighting Iranian influence is a sign that Israel is in "panic" after losing its "dear" terrorist assets, President Bashar Assad told RT. Iraq is no exception, and Syria is no exception. "People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore", Assad said.

Mr Trump had insulted his counterpart in an 8 April tweet following a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.

He said it was down to "the wisdom of the Russian leadership" that a confrontation did not happen.

The withdrawal of all non-Syrian troops from Syria's southwestern de-escalation zone should take place as soon as possible, Lavrov said.

It was not the first time that Assad has threatened to attack USA troops, but it was his most explicit expression yet of his determination to rid Syria of American forces. Assad said a confrontation between Russian Federation and US forces over Syria had also been narrowly avoided.

In an interview with Russia's RT television network on Thursday, Assad said that following the liberation of the cities of Aleppo, Dayr la-Zawr, Homs, and Damascus, the United States is actually "losing its cards". In the process, the Kurds have assumed de facto control over a vast area of mostly desert terrain amounting to almost a third of Syrian territory.

Rejecting claims that Syria's air defenses are practically useless against Israeli jets, the 52-year-old Syrian leader said the old Soviet weapons were capable of repelling numerous IAF strikes and the US-led bombardment in April, when the US, Britain, and France fired over 100 cruise missiles at Syria.

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The pro-Assad commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Syrian army's preparations for the assault were complete.

In the last week, he said several military convoys had left government-held parts of Deraa city heading north, saying he believed these to be Iran-backed forces being evacuated from the region.

Iran-backed militias including Lebanon's Hezbollah have played a big role in support of Assad during the conflict.

The Syrian regime's survival, largely due to Russian intervention, placed Vladimir Putin directly at odds with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "So we are supporting any worldwide mechanism that could limit the influence of Iran in the region in general, and in our country in particular", he added. Assad, apparently referring to the May 10 attack, by Israel said "we had tens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers, not a single Iranian" casualty.

"We have Iranian officers who work with the Syrian army as help, but they do not have troops", he said. Twenty three fighters, including five Syrian regime troops and 18 other allied forces were said to have been killed.

"Our air-defenses is much stronger than before" and the military is working to further strengthen those defenses, Assad said.

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