Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Syrian FM says U.S. troops must leave country

Syrian FM says U.S. troops must leave country

Lavrov's comment apparently referred to areas including the Syrian Golan Heights region abutting the Israeli Golan Heights and the border with Jordan, and indicated that Russian Federation was open to Israeli demands that Iranian forces be kept far from Israel's borders.

"You should not believe the statements made about the agreement on Syria's south as long as the United States forces have not withdrawn from al-Tanf", he said.

Before leaving Israel for Russia, Liberman said Israel was committed to "preventing Iran and its offshoots from establishing themselves in Syria".

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, reported on Thursday that Iranian troops and members of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group are getting ready to withdraw from southern Syria.

"Somehow, they're going to leave", he said, adding that the Syrian government will focus on dealing with the US-backed forces, including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), "with the Americans, or without the Americans".

Earlier this year, Syrian government forces managed to drive militants out of all territories near the capital Damascus.

'"But we all know that a new battle will not do any good for anyone", Kino said on June 1.

In April, the US, UK and France conducted joint airstrikes in Syria in response to reports of a chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma in which dozens of people died, according to rescue workers.

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Israel has frequently attacked military targets inside Syria in what is widely viewed as an attempt to prop up the terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats at the hands of Syrian soldiers.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met in Moscow with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, while President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the Syrian file in a phone call.

Gen. McKenzie spoke shortly after Mr. Assad told the Russian RT news channel in an interview that the estimated 2,000 USA special forces believed to be posted in Syria to combat Islamic State and back up US -allied forces can not stay in Syria.

The agreement appears to be slated to demand that Iranian and Iran-backed forces stay 20 kilometers from the Israeli and Jordanian borders.

Both President Obama and Trump have argued the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria is legal under the congressional authorisations to use military force against Al-Qaeda dating back to 2001.

In an interview with the Shargh daily published on Saturday, he said that Iran's defense strategy has been drawn up based on the experiences of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war and proportionate to threats. "We strongly support Russia's effort for removing terrorists from the Syria-Jordan border and restoring Syrian army control over the region".

But Assad said Iran's presence in Syria has been limited to officers assisting the army.

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