Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Israel Wins Russia Concession to Move Iran, Hezbollah from Syria-Israel Border

Syrian forces loyal to Assad attack refugee camp in Damascus GETTY Syrian forces loyal to Assad attack refugee camp in Damascus
Jay Anderson | 04 June, 2018, 08:55

In a press conference held in the capital Damascus, al-Muallem said that the American troops should withdraw from al-Tanaf base on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

He went on to say that Syria was a sovereign state and it would cooperate with whoever it wished to counter terrorism.

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.

There has been a hike in Israeli strikes since the collapse late a year ago of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, something that significantly demoralized other militant groups operating against Damascus.

Iran's advisory help will continue as long as the Syrian government requests it, Shamkhani stressed. At the same time, he stressed that the Syrian government would conduct any negotiations about the future of the Syrian territories only with other Syrian forces and not with any foreign powers, be it the United States or Turkey. "If not, we're going to resort.to liberating those areas by force".

Assad told Russian TV Thursday that Syria had no Iranian troops on its soil.

"The Americans should leave somehow".

In May, head of the Syrian government delegation to the Astana peace talks Bashar Jaafari called the U.S. military presence in al-Tanf and nearby Rukban refugee camp in the south of the country as "pure aggression and occupation".

The Syrian leader's words already provoked an angry reaction from Washington as the U.S. military officials denounced the plans as "bad policy".

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White later stated that USA is in Syria only to fight ISIS.




The situation in southern Syria has grabbed attention recently as the Syrian army is preparing for a wide-scale offensive to dislodge rebels from the southern provinces of Qunaitera and Daraa amid talks of a reconciliation agreement.

In the meantime, USA activities at the At-Tanf base are becoming increasingly questionable.

Located on Syria's border with Jordan, Al-Tanf was captured a year ago by the U.S., which declared it under its protection and attacked pro-government forces showing up there.

"The only problem left in Syria is the SDF", Assad told RT, adding he sees "two options" for solving the "problem".

"It must withdraw its forces from At-Tanaf".

Jazayeri, who is an adviser to Iranian chief of staff, told Tasnim that the biggest fear of the "Zionist regime of Israel" was having Muslim fighters in the region, and that Israel and the United States were desperate to change the situation.

Israel was said to be a part of the agreement with Russian Federation.

"The return of security to Syria and Iraq is an alarm that the golden security of the Zionist regime is about to end", Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Shamkhani said on Sunday.

Moscow and Tel Aviv held advanced talks Thursday concerning Syria and agreed to "limit" the presence of Tehran in the south of the country. This has involved meetings at the highest level and frequent productive conversations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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