Moscow Demands Immediate Withdrawal of All ‘Foreign Troops’ from Southern Syria

Moscow Demands Immediate Withdrawal of All ‘Foreign Troops’ from Southern Syria

Moscow Demands Immediate Withdrawal of All ‘Foreign Troops’ from Southern Syria

"The Americans should leave, somehow they're going to leave", he said.

Assad said Iran's presence in Syria was limited to officers assisting the army.

"It is our land, it is our proper and it is our responsibility to liberate it", Assad mentioned.

After the advance of the Syrian army, as well as the unreliable nature of opposition forces, the USA administration has started losing its "cards" and could be brought to the negotiation table, Assad believes.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Thursday to recover the country's territory held by US troops, threatening to expel American forces.

Assad also said the government had "started now opening doors for negotiations" with the SDF, a Kurdish dominated militia alliance that controls parts of northern and eastern Syria where USA forces are stationed.

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"This is the first option".

Lavrov told reporters in Moscow that "the agreement on forming a de-escalation area in southwestern Syria envisaged the eventual withdrawal of all non-Syrian forces from this part of Syria". It called for all foreign troops to withdraw from Syria, which the Iranians promptly and very publicly rejected.

Elsewhere, Assad was asked about the possibility of an assault by the USA and its allies on Syria similar to the tripartite missile attack last month. There is no doubt that the continued and enlarged American military presence in Syria would force Tehran to think twice before it further entrenches itself in the country, fearing American retaliation that Iran can not take lightly.

The SDF has clashed with Syrian regime fighters on the ground, and the coalition has bombed government forces and their allies on multiple occasions.

Assad has been battling rebels opposed to his rule since a popular uprising seven years ago plunged the country into civil war. The Syrian-Russian coordination that the source revealed contradicts Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's recent statements about the presence of foreign forces in Syria. But tracts remain outside his control at the borders with Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.

In a Wednesday interview with Russian broadcaster Russia Today, al-Assad said the conflict in his country was "almost over". Russian President Vladimir Putin's anxiousness is certainly justified; in response to a volley of Iranian rockets towards the Golan Heights in early May, Israel retaliated by conducting its biggest military operation in Syria in generations. The area is a known stronghold for Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed militias.

Assad denied that Tehran had any lively troops in Syria and claimed the one Iranians on the Syrian battleground have been navy advisers.

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