Netanyahu: There is no place for Iran in Syria

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Russia and Israel 'reach a deal' with Assad on Syrian territory

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.

Russian Federation said on Monday that only Syrian army troops should be at the southern border with Jordan and Israel.

He said he would negotiate with fighters backed on the ground by Washington, but would reclaim territory they control by force if necessary, whether or not American troops supported them. If they did not agree to withdraw, he would use force, he said.

"This is the first option".

In the interview, Assad said US and Russian forces would have come in direct conflict long ago in Syria if it were not for Russia's prudence and judgment.

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"Actually, we had tens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers", he said.

He also warned that the U.S. should learn the lesson of Iraq and remove its troops from Syria. They have to learn the lesson. They have counted on support, and losing the south of the country will make them feel betrayed. Iran has even facilitated the creation of a tripartite electric power scheme that closely links its economy and infrastructure with those of both Syria and Iraq.

President Donald Trump has said he is keen to pull the troops out as soon as possible, but the US military has persuaded him to allow them to remain at least until a last pocket of Islamic State fighters is vanquished along the Syrian-Iraqi border. "We are looking for ways to force Iran out of Syria", the envoy stressed.

U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on April 30 the United States and its allies would not want to pull troops out of Syria before diplomats win the peace.

The strike came one week after the Western states blamed the Syrian government for a suspected gas attack in the town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta region. "Because the majority of them are Syrians, supposedly they like their country, they don't like to be puppets to any foreigners", he said in English.

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Israel has been pledging for months to prevent its main enemy Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where Tehran is backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today (Monday) that Assad's regime alone should be allowed at the southern border of Israel, and not Iran. "That is why Israel now is panicking recently and we understand their feeling", Assad said.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview on Thursday that the only way to stop Israeli air strikes is by improving the country's air defenses.

Past Israeli air strikes, he said, "destroyed a big part of our air defense".

Assad said the end of the war was getting closer with "every victory", but accused adversaries in the West and the region of trying to obstruct that and "hindering the political process".

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