Syria's Assad threatens force against US-backed Kurds

Syria's Assad threatens force against US-backed Kurds

Syria's Assad threatens force against US-backed Kurds

President Bashar al-Assad said he would recover areas of Syria held by the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and that US forces should learn the lesson of Iraq and leave the country.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned US-backed Kurdish forces he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country they control.

"Within a few hours, we managed to reach an ‎understanding with all the parties operating in the ‎region - mainly Israel and Iran - that the Syrian ‎and Jordanian armies would be the only two forces ‎to deploy on both sides of the border between Syria and ‎Jordan", he said.

In the interview, Assad said USA and Russian forces would have come in direct conflict long ago in Syria if it were not for Russia's prudence and judgment. He noted that U.S. troops are in the country with no legal basis, and pointed out the consequences of the USA having similarly entered Iraq with no legal basis.

The epilogue to the Syrian civil war may involve Russian Federation and Iran squabbling over the spoils of war.

The Syrian dictator absurdly denied that Iran has a military presence in Syria, and accused Israel of killing "tens of Syrian martyrs" rather than Iranians when it destroyed missile launchers in Syria that were used to launch an unprovoked attack on Israel in early May after President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

"We are there. Nothing has changed", he said. According to USA military and Iraqi officials, the Syrian government helped fuel the insurgency by aiding the passage of hundreds of foreign fighters across the Syrian border.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his administration has almost won the seven-year-long war as the army has made major progress in the fight against the rebels, media reports on Thursday said.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met with a delegation from the Syrian opposition, headed by the secretary-general of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Naser al-Hariri.

Assad, echoing Russian Federation from earlier in the week, said the United States must exit the war-torn country. "We need the Russian support, but we need at the same time to avoid the American foolishness in order to be able to stabilize our country". People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore, ' he said.

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

The province had been the subject of a race between the Russian-backed Assad government forces and the SDF, each trying to outpace its rival. They may also discuss ways the USA and Israeli armed forces can work together to defeat Iran militarily.

Hariri's remarks come amid intense Israeli diplomatic and military efforts against what Tel Aviv claims is a growing Iranian military presence in Syria, including a campaign of air strikes against suspected Iranian bases.

Assad has recovered swathes of Syrian territory with military backing from Russian Federation and Iran and is now militarily unassailable in the conflict that began in 2011.

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