Assad raises prospect of clashes with United States forces in Syria

Syrian forces loyal to Assad attack refugee camp in Damascus

Syrian forces loyal to Assad attack refugee camp in Damascus

The remarks came after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed on Thursday that Hezbollah and Iranian fighters are preparing to withdraw from southern Syria against the backdrop of regional and worldwide negotiations now underway between the US, Russia, and Jordan over the war-torn country's future.

"The Americans should leave, somehow they're going to leave", he said, adding that Washington should learn the lesson of its war in Iraq, which lasted longer and was much costlier than anticipated.

He also said that Damascus had not engaged in talks over the country's southern region.

"Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking US forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy", Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said at a press conference in Washington on May 31.

Assad's threat to use force against US allies in Syria and about 2,000 American troops providing them with air support and training prompted a warning from the Pentagon.

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.

In the RT interview, Assad responded sharply to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent description of him as an "animal", saying, "What you say is what you are".

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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".

Iran's military presence in Syria is misinterpreted by Israel amid escalating tensions, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Saturday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier only Syrian troops should remain at the Syrian-Israeli border.

The Defense Department's warnings for Syria come amid reports that Iranian and Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters may have begun withdrawing from areas in southern part of the country close to the tense border with Israel.

But Assad said Iran's presence in Syria has been limited to officers assisting the army.

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