Assad denies there are Iranian troops in Syria

Assad denies there are Iranian troops in Syria

Assad denies there are Iranian troops in Syria

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

President Donald Trump has said he is keen to pull the troops out as soon as possible, but the USA military has persuaded him to allow them to remain at least until a last pocket of Islamic State fighters is vanquished along the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Assad said work had begun on negotiations with the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a militia that controls parts of northern and eastern Syria where US forces are stationed.

He said it's the duty of the army to liberate all of Syria because "this is our land, it's our right and our duty to liberate it and the Americans should leave somehow they are going to leave".

Assad also said that a confrontation between Russian Federation and USA forces over Syria was narrowly avoided.

"We have been near have direct battle between the Russian forces and the American forces", he mentioned.

"They came to Iraq with no legal basis, and look what happened to them". President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.

On April 14, the US, Britain and France launched a coordinated missile attack against sites and research facilities near Damascus and Homs with the purported goal of paralyzing the Syrian government's capability to produce chemicals.

"We're going to deal with it by two options", he said. Israel has always been concerned about the Iranian buildup in Syria.

Iran has been offering military advisory support to Syria at the request of the Damascus government, enabling its army to speed up its gains on various fronts against the terror groups.

Assad said he would attempt negotiations first with the SDF, "because the majority of them are Syrians, supposedly like their country, they don't like to be puppets to any foreigners".

Russian ally Assad initially embraced President Donald Trump's election, but US allegations that the Syrian leader was behind toxic gas attacks and subsequent USA airstrikes have split the two.

"Thankfully, it has been averted, not by the knowledge of the American management, however by the knowledge of the Russian management".

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.

The SDF wants a "democratic system based on diversity, equality, freedom and justice" for all the country's ethnic and religious groups, he added in a voice message to Reuters.

The Moscow meeting was also attended by the head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, Maj. During a visit to Moscow, Lieberman was due to address Iran's alleged increasing military presence in Syria, according to the Times of Israel.

Russian Federation has been supporting Assad, Syrian leader since 2000, militarily in his seven year-long civil war against rebels attempting to overthrow him.

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