Kremlin gives Israel green light to attack Syria

Bashar Assad

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He said: "We're going to liberate every area".

Rebels control stretches of southwest Syria, bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, while Syrian army troops and allied Iran-backed militias hold nearby territory.

There has been a hike in Israeli strikes since the collapse late past year of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, something that significantly demoralized other militant groups operating against Damascus. "They [the agreements] stipulate that this de-escalation zone should consolidate stability, while all non-Syrian forces must be withdrawn from this area", Lavrov said.

The Syrian President pledged to remove the U.S. military from his country by "force" if necessary. 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 U.S. or Turkey.

"Neither the United States nor Turkey has the right to negotiate over a Syrian city", he said, describing any such deal as "infringing on Syrian sovereignty".

In the interview with RT, the Russian state's worldwide broadcaster, Mr Assad raised the prospect of conflict with U.S. forces if they do not leave Syria.

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Assad added that "the Americans should leave".

Muallem also said that the presence of United States forces in Syria was illegitimate and they must withdraw from the Syrian territory, including Tanf area in the south. The public discussion between Jerusalem and Moscow on one hand and Moscow and Damascus on the other is therefore wrapped in semantics.

But Director of Joint Staff Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said: "Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking USA forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy".

Meanwhile, Syrian Army forces are heading to southern Syria to combat militias.

"We were close to have direct conflict between the Russian forces and the American forces", Assad said.

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

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After the the meeting with Shoigu, Liberman said on his Twitter account that "Israel appreciates Russia's understanding of our security needs and in particular the situation on our northern border".

Iran has no military advisers in southern Syria, a senior Iranian security official was quoted as saying on Saturday, adding that Tehran supports Russian efforts to bring the area under Syrian army control.

The problem with discussions about Iran's involvement in Syria and promises that it should withdraw or reduce its presence, is that the Syrian regime denies Iran is even present in Syria in any significant way.

Elliott Abrams, who served as a deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration, told me Friday that Netanyahu has been explaining to Putin " the threat to Israeli security posed by Iran's presence in Syria".

The moves were reportedly tied to a clandestine deal between Moscow and Tel Aviv, allowing Damascus to send government troops to territory in southern Syria.

Before Lieberman's departure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel wouldn't tolerate any Iranian presence inside Syria.

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