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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a rare interview broadcast Thursday the United States should follow Iraq and withdraw its forces from his country.

The few thousand U.S. troops in the country are mainly helping the Syrian Defense Forces, a secular group that says it wants to create a democratic and federal Syria and whose main fighters are Kurdish. If not, we're going to resort to. liberating those areas by force.

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

Lavrantiev is leading the Russian delegation in Astana talks, which was initiated by Turkey, Russia and Iran in January 2017 to establish a a cease-fire between the Syrian opposition and the Assad regime and deliver humanitarian aid to those in need.

"They came to Iraq with no legal basis, and look what happened to them". The agenda of the meeting is specifically to discuss the renewal and revamping of a joint memorandum of understanding the two sides had signed in December on how to deal with Iran. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.

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The Syrian army is now preparing for an offensive to recapture the parts of southwest Syria bordering Israel and Jordan that are still under rebel control, one of three significant areas outside the government's grip.

"We couldn't cover it, and we might not be ashamed to say that we've got". Israel in recent months ramped up its strikes on alleged Hezbollah and Iranian positions and weapons depots inside Syria, sparking fears of a regional war.

Arch enemies Israel and Iran have set up a secret back-channel to reduce the chances of war over Syrian army operations near the Golan Heights, according to Saudi reports.

"However, as we have said in the past, if attacked we will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend USA, coalition, or partner forces engaged in operations to defeat ISIS", the official added.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said that Damascus has almost won the seven-year war, stressing that every iota of the Syrian land will be liberated.

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The remarks reflect that despite pressure on multiple fronts, Assad is seeking to consolidate control after seven years of civil war.

The agreement, according to Israel's Channel 2 News, will see coordination between Israel and Russian Federation with the view to halt the spread of Iranian influence in the region.

"Fortunately, it has been avoided, not by the wisdom of the American leadership, but by the wisdom of the Russian leadership".

Turkey also says the USA should drop its support to the SDF, which is mainly established by the People's Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian arm of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), according to Ankara.

"The majority of the people who were against the the different liberated areas, actually in their hearts they are with the government", Assad said. Iran's Revolutionary Guards have also deployed in the country.

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"If the Iranians act against Israel from Syrian territory, Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime will be those that pay the price". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after Lavrov spoke that Israel objects to Iran's presence in any part of Syria.

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