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Syria's Assad threatens force against US-backed Kurds

Syria's Assad threatens force against US-backed Kurds

This area is part of the so-called ceasefire zone, which had been agreed upon by Jordan, Russia, and the United States in 2017.

"Actually, we had tens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers", he said.

The pro-Assad commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Syrian army's preparations for the assault were complete. However, a rebel commander in the Deraa region of the southwest told Reuters there was no sign of mobilisation for such an assault and accused Damascus of waging psychological warfare.

"The only problem left in Syria is the SDF", Assad said, referring to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which spearheaded battles against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

However, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov stated that Moscow had no information about the reported deal between the countries. "If not, we're going to resort.to liberating those areas by force", he said. But Assad has beaten all expectations and now he's threatening to attack the Kurds in the northeastern sector of Syria where they are supported by American troops.

In an interview with Russia Today, Russia's state-owned worldwide broadcaster, Assad said the United States should heed the lessons of Iraq and get out of Syria before it is forced to leave.

Some Israeli politicians have threatened to "liquidate" Assad and topple his government if Iran continues to operate in Syria and transfer weapons to the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Israel and Iran have been at loggerheads since US President Donald Trump controversially backed out of the Iranian nuclear earlier this month.

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Even before that, Israel had been blamed for a series of recent strikes inside Syria that killed Iranians, though it has not acknowledged them.

"We always said that we have Iranian officers, but they work with our army, we don't have [Iranian] troops". "As long as the Israelis don't threaten Assad".

Syria appears poised to make an imminent attack, and Russian Federation has ramped up its diplomatic efforts to avoid a wider escalation.

Assad also said that Russian Federation had averted "direct conflict" with the US in Syria and a far greater attack than the one launched in April by the US, UK and France on alleged Syrian chemical sites, following a chemical weapons attack on civilians attributed to the Syrian government - a charge that Assad denied.

The Defence Minister of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman is scheduled to meet with the Defence Minister of Russia, Sergei Shoigu on Thursday in Moscow to discuss the steps which need to be taken at the Syrian broader.

"The two sides outlined the main contours of a roadmap for their further cooperation in ensuring security and stability in Manbij", the statement said, giving no further detail.

The comments underline a government plan to target the area near the borders with Jordan and Israel despite a US warning to take "firm and appropriate measures" in response to any violations of a ceasefire it brokered with Russian Federation in that area. An FSA spokesperson in Quneitra province, west of Daraa, said his faction observed similar mobilizations near frontlines there. "I'm ready to die on the land of Deraa". If they did not agree to withdraw, he would use force, he said.

"The Iranian militia is the spearhead of the offensive of the Assad forces and its role has been clear for five years, which prevented the Syrians from their freedom and topple the regime".


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