Israel & Russia Reach Understandings in Historic Series of Agreements on Syria

Israel & Russia Reach Understandings in Historic Series of Agreements on Syria

Israel & Russia Reach Understandings in Historic Series of Agreements on Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish group also viewed as terrorists by Turkey, saying he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country they control.

As for US President Donald Trump calling him "an animal", Assad said: "This is not my language, so I can not use similar language".

If that does not work, Assad said he would "resort to liberating those areas by force".

Assad also said that a confrontation between Russian Federation and U.S. forces over Syria was narrowly avoided. If we abandon the Kurds we will look like very unreliable allies and will be effectively stabbing them in the back after they were one of our most dependable and fierce partners in the war against ISIS. The agenda of the meeting is specifically to discuss the renewal and revamping of a joint memorandum of understanding the two sides had signed in December on how to deal with Iran.

The epilogue to the Syrian civil war may involve Russian Federation and Iran squabbling over the spoils of war.

Rebels hold stretches of that area and intensive Israeli airstrikes in Syria this month were prompted by what Israel said was Iranian rocket fire from the area into the Golan Heights.

"Iran used Jordan as a go-between to relay a message to Israel, saying it would not operate in south-eastern Syria near the border with Jordan", Israel Hayom reports. And Tehran, which is closely allied with Syrian leader Assad and maintains a working relationship with Russian Federation, is laying the groundwork to develop a long-term presence in the country. If they did not agree to withdraw, he would use force, he said.

Responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of him as "Animal Assad", the Syrian leader said: "What you say is what you are".

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The SDF in oil-rich northeastern Syria have long pushed for increased autonomy in their heartland but Damascus has insisted it intends to reassert its authority over the entire country.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met with a delegation from the Syrian opposition, headed by the secretary-general of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Naser al-Hariri. "We need the Russian support, but we need at the same time to avoid the American foolishness in order to be able to stabilize our country".

Iran is estimated to have thousands of advisers and fighters in Syria as well as a number of bases, which have become regular targets for Israeli attacks.

He has since reconquered large parts of the country with a mix of military pressure and "reconciliation" deals, which he touted again on Thursday.

Also Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Moscow for talks focusing on Syria.

Syria's army, depleted fro years of war, is unlikely to be able to expel even the small number of United States troops in the country as a practical matter.

"The majority of the people who were against the the different liberated areas, actually in their hearts they are with the government", Assad said.

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