Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Syrian President Assad threatens to expel US troops from Syria by 'force'

Syrian President Assad threatens to expel US troops from Syria by 'force'

After recovering swaths of territory, Assad now controls the biggest part of Syria.

There are worldwide agreements that all non-Syrian forces must leave the zone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Moscow, adding that Russia has been working on the issue with the United States and Jordan.

"They came to Iraq with no legal basis, and look what happened to them", Assad said of US forces. Iraq is no exception, and Syria is no exception. He would either be killed by ISIS, forced to abdicate under pressure from foreign governments or his own people would hang him in the public square.

Trump blamed Assad for the attack, calling him an "animal" and securing the support of UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron to launch strikes on his regime.

He said it was down to "the wisdom of the Russian leadership" that a confrontation did not happen.

The Syrian army has completed preparations for an imminent offensive against rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria, a non-Syrian commander in a military alliance that backs Damascus said on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a major new escalation.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned US-backed Kurdish forces he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country they control.

Assad reiterated the government's denial that it carried out the attack in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma, saying that the government did not have chemical weapons and it would not have been in its interest to carry out such a strike.

Earlier in the day, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Russian media that Washington had "lost its cards" in Syria and called on the Americans to leave. "I assure you the opposition forces have taken a number of measures ... including digging trenches and tunnels to prevent the regime from launching any attack", he said.

A Channel 10 news report on Thursday said a senior Israeli official has explicitly said the country won't object to Assad staying in power, provided that Iran's presence in Syria is eliminated. In the process, the Kurds have assumed de facto control over a vast area of mostly desert terrain amounting to almost a third of Syrian territory.

Asked if there was anything Syria could do to stop Israeli air strikes, he said the only option was to improve air defences, "and we are doing that".

Some Israeli politicians have threatened to "liquidate" Assad and topple his government if Iran continues to operate in Syria and transfer weapons to the Lebanese Hezbollah.

But Iran's overt presence in Syria now faces new problems, including the possibility of repeat Israeli military action and the likelihood of renewed economic pressure on the part of the United States, now that the Trump administration has formally abandoned the JCPOA.

In the TV interview, Assad maintained there are no Iranian troops in Syria, only Iranian officers advising the Syrian army. "That is why Israel now is panicking recently and we understand their feeling", Assad said. In the interview with RT, Assad said Russian Federation and the U.S. came close to a confrontation in Syria.

He said that Syria's air defences were now much stronger than before thanks to Russian Federation.

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