Published: Sat, June 02, 2018

Assad Raises Possibility Of Conflict With U.S. Forces, Allies In Syria

Assad Raises Possibility Of Conflict With U.S. Forces, Allies In Syria

"We never had", Assad was quoted as telling Russia Today.

After regaining control of Syria's two largest cities - Aleppo and Damascus - Assad this spring set his sights on areas in the country that remain outside his control and in rebel hands.

It enjoys military support from the USA and French special forces in Syria.

The U.S. State Department also said that while Washington is not seeking conflict with Syria, it would use "necessary and proportionate force" to defend U.S. and partner forces, which have teamed up to fight Islamic State militants in the region.

"Somehow, they are going to leave", Mr. Assad said Thursday.

Mr Assad declined to say how much longer the war will continue but said he intends to bring all parts of the country back under his control.

Later on Thursday, a spokeswoman of the Pentagon sought to clarify McKenzie's comments about Syria's threats to attack the SDF, saying the U.S. had no responsibility to protect the SDF if it engaged in a battle with the Syrian government.

With President Trump himself raising the prospect of a ending the USA troop deployment in Syria in the near future, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White insisted that the US has no intention of intervening in Syria's civil war.


The Kremlin has given Israel a green light to launch attacks in Syria on condition that Syrian President Bashar Assad's assets are not targeted, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Friday, according to Israel Hayom.

A source told the Ynet news site on Thursday that "Israel is uninterested in partial agreements, but rather in an exit of all Iranian forces from Syria".

The US earlier threatened Damascus with "firm and appropriate measures" as Syrian forces prepared to retake a strategic province on the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Tel Aviv hit back over 30 airstrikes targeting several known jihadi redoubts and training camps inside Palestinian-controlled Gaza, in one of the heaviest Israeli aerial barrage since the 2014 war with Hamas.

The report followed a visit by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Moscow for talks about Syria with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu.

This is apparently under the terms of a deal being negotiated by Russian Federation and Israel for Iranian-backed forces to pull back and prevent a bigger conflict.

After the the meeting with Shoigu, Liberman said on his Twitter account that "Israel appreciates Russia's understanding of our security needs and in particular the situation on our northern border".

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