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The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal opens the way to raising pressure on Tehran to stop its military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and leave the country, a Syrian opposition leader said on Thursday.

Syria's Bashar Assad has vowed to retake territories held by the PKK-affiliated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is backed by the USA, through force if diplomatic options failed.

Assad said in an interview broadcast on Thursday that the state would recover the swathe of northern and eastern Syria controlled by the SDF, either through negotiations or force.

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

In a televised interview to RT in Damascus, Assad denied Iranian troops are in Syria, saying there are only Iranian officers who are working with the Syrian army. He noted that U.S. troops are in the country with no legal basis, and pointed out the consequences of the USA having similarly entered Iraq with no legal basis.

The time is coming soon when we're going to have to make a decision as to what we're going to do about our arrangement with the Kurds. Even Israel and Iran, the definition of mortal enemies, were reportedly communicating with one another last weekend.

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 added: "I think there is a very known principle, that what you say is what you are". "This is a proof that Israel was in direct link with those terrorists in Syria". "The Iranians provided assurances that their ‎forces would not operate alongside the Syrian ‎military in the offensive", a senior Jordanian official who took part in the ‎mediation efforts told the Saudi website.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that his administration has almost won the seven-year-long war in Syria as the army has made major progress in the fight against the rebels, noting that the West tries to prolong the crisis with every Syrian victory.

"Only the so-called "Syrian Democratic Forces" (SDF) are left".

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.

The Syrian government is already involved in negotiations with local factions to bring the area back under its control, he said.

"Thankfully, it has been averted, not by the knowledge of the American management, however by the knowledge of the Russian management".

The deal is said to have been finalised in a phone call days earlier between Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. "People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore".

Jordan also made it clear that military maneuvers ‎involving Iranian-backed forces could trigger a ‎military confrontation between Iran and Israel. The last thing Moscow wants is for its expensive investment in propping up Assad to be lost because Iran launches a war with Israel from Syrian soil.


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