Assad Raises Possibility Of Conflict With U.S. Forces, Allies In Syria

Arturo Kim
June 2, 2018

Assad said the government had "started now opening doors for negotiations" with the SDF.

"Since the beginning of the crisis, Iran has supported Syria in the war against terrorism backed and financed regionally and internationally", he said.

"People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore", he said.

The Pentagon is warning the Syrian regime to refrain from attacking US -backed forces in the country, shortly after Syrian President Bashar Assad demanded USA forces depart and threatened to launch attacks on territory held by American-backed Kurdish paramilitary units in northeast Syria.

But Director of Joint Staff Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said: "Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking U.S. forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy".

American military advisers and their counterparts in the Syrian Democratic Forces - a coalition of Arab and Kurdish militias battling the Islamic State - have operated from the Syrian city of Deir-ez-Zour and the surrounding Euphrates River Valley for most of the war against the terror group.

"Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking USA forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy", Director of Joint Staff Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said at the Pentagon press briefing on Thursday.

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Every attempt would be made to negotiate with the SDF, he told RT, but if negotiations fail, "the Syrian army will be forced to liberate areas occupied by the SDF, with the Americans or without the Americans".

Assad also responded sharply to US President Donald Trump's description of him as an animal, saying "what you say is what you are".

There has been no confirmation of a deal between Russia, Israel and Iran however.

On May 31, Israeli ambassador in Moscow Gary Koren told TASS the Israeli government was satisfied with Russia's position on the Iranian military presence on the Syrian-Israeli border. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looking into binoculars, and other senior officers from the Iranian military, visit a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, on October 20, 2017.

Russian Federation has previously granted Israel freedom to carry out air strikes in Syria, although recently Moscow has expressed public disquiet about strikes in which Syrian regime and allied troops were killed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an independent Britain-based war-monitoring group, has said at least 68 Iranians and pro-Iranian forces have been killed in Israeli air strikes since April.

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