Assad raises prospect of clashes with U.S. forces in Syria

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Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened to attack a region held by US -backed Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, saying in an interview broadcast on Russia Today channel on Thursday that American troops should leave the country.

In a televised interview to RT in Damascus, Assad denied Iranian troops are in Syria, saying there are only Iranian officers who are working with the Syrian army.

The government had started now opening doors for negotiations with the SDF, who control northern and eastern areas of Syria where U.S. forces are deployed.

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

"This is the first option". If not, we're going to resort to. liberating those areas by force.

The observatory said: "Jordanian-American-Russian consultations are taking place about several points concerning the stay of the rebel and Islamic factions operating in Daraa, in exchange for handing over their medium and heavy weapons, and the entry of Russian military police".

"We don't have Iranian troops", Assad said.

'They came to Iraq with no legal basis, and look what happened to them.

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The statement said the two met for more than 90 minutes and discussed "security issues of concern to both countries, the situation in Syria and the Israeli campaign to prevent Iranian entrenchment in Syria". Iraq is no exception.

"A few weeks ago they (Israel) said they had attacked Iranian bases", Assad added, "but in fact there were dozens of Syrian soldiers killed or injured - and not one Iranian".

Despite multiple reports of Iranian military presence in Syria, as well as notable Iranian casualties during the seven-year war, Assad said: "We don't have Iranian troops", Assad said.

Before he took office in January 2018, Donald Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for deciding not to respond to Assad's use of chemical weapons. Assad told the interviewer he had no nickname for Trump because "This is not my language, so, I can not use similar language".

Trump used the language to describe the Syrian President after his alleged involvement in a toxic gas attack last month.

"I can say that despite some disagreements, Israel is satisfied with Russia's stance", Koren said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with German and French leaders next week to present his case against Iran's continued presence in Syria and ask for pressure to be put on Tehran. Trump has already said he hopes to pull United States troops out of Syria within a matter of months after the complete defeat of ISIS in Syria's eastern provinces. Syria's air defenses were much stronger than before, thanks to Russian Federation, he added.