Assad threatens to expel USA troops from Syria by 'force'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem

Assad raised the possibility of conflict with USA forces in Syria if they do not withdraw from the country soon.

Mr Assad also said that his forces - with whom Russian Federation is allied - will recover areas held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), adding that United States forces should learn the lesson of Iraq and leave the country.

"This card is the SDF now", he said, referring to the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-dominated alliance of militants operating near the Turkish border.

In the interview with RT, the Russian state's worldwide broadcaster, Assad raised the prospect of conflict with US forces if they do not leave Syria.

"This is the first option".

Lavrov's comments apparently referred to areas including the Syrian Golan Heights region abutting the Israeli Golan Heights and the border with Jordan and indicated that Russian Federation was open to Israeli demands that Iranian forces should be kept far from Israel's borders. "We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans", he said. They have to learn the lesson. They have to learn the lesson.

"This is a kind of hysterical feeling, because they are losing the dear and ISIS (Daesh)", he pointed out. Iraq is no exception.

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In northern Syria, Turkish and U.S. officials last week agreed on a "roadmap" for further cooperation to ensure the security of a Kurdish-held city which became a major headache between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, according to a joint statement. On Tuesday, its Foreign Ministry said Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan had agreed to meet about the "de-escalation" zone, RIA news agency reported.

Earlier on Thursday, Assad warned in an interview with Russia Today he would not hesitate to use force to reclaim one-third of the country under SDF control, if negotiations fail. "Because the majority of them are Syrians, supposedly they like their country, they don't like to be puppets to any foreigners", Assad said in English.

"Our position on Syria is clear", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his parliamentary faction in broadcast remarks. True, military support from Tehran has helped to shift the balance of power in Syria's civil war back toward the Assad regime in recent months-and reinforced the latter's dependence on the Islamic Republic in the process.

Asked about Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz's threat to "liquidate" Assad and "topple" his government, the Syrian head of state said such comments are merely aimed at creating "panic".

"So, they attacked those bases, and they destroyed a big part of our air defenses", he said, arguing that Israel continues to take advantage of that to this day.

Syria's President Bashar Assad rejected that claims that Iranian troopers were operating in his country just as Israel is working with the Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan to oust them.

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