Syria's Assad threatens to attack area under US-backed Kurds

Syria's Assad threatens to attack area under US-backed Kurds

Syria's Assad threatens to attack area under US-backed Kurds

The Syrian government hopes to restore military presence in Daraa and Qunaitera after the evacuation of rebels, in order to control all border points between Daraa and Jordan as well as areas between Quanitera and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, while activating the 1974 Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Syria and Israel.

The AP quoted Russian state media as saying that Moscow had expressed commitment to an agreement that would involve the removal of all Iranian forces from areas near the Syrian border with Israel.

A Syria-based official with the Iran-led axis of resistance denied the report.

Colonel of Israeli military intelligence AMAN, a retired Professor at the University of Bar-Ilan Mordechai Keidar in an interview with Russian newspaper "Kommersant" said that the South of Syria reached an understanding with Russia, the US, Jordan and Israel.

The agreement appears to be slated to demand that Iranian and Iran-backed forces stay 20 kilometers from the Israeli and Jordanian borders.

Conricus told reporters the Iranian attack was "commanded and ordered" by the head of Iran's, General Major General.

Syrian sources say 20 people were killed in the strikes, five of them Syrians and the rest "foreigners", likely Iranians and other members of Shiite militias.

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

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With military backing from Russian Federation and Iran, he has reclaimed most of the territory lost to rebels after the popular uprising that swept the country in 2011 and quickly descended into all-out civil war. With regard to a planned offshore gas exploration deal with the French energy giant Total, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said that the company still has two months to secure a waiver from the United States.

Israel's "aggressive behaviour ... will not lead to anything but an increase in tension in the region", the ministry said.

The Syrian army and government, he said, have gained "high self-confidence and power" to shoot down Israeli planes, destroy its missiles in the sky and target the Israeli bases from where assaults are launched.

Asked about U.S. President Donald Trump comments in which he described the Syrian leader as "Animal Assad", and asked if he has a nickname for the American president, Assad said: "This is not my language, so I can not use similar language".

"The starkest fact about their (the Israelis') lies about this issue, the Iranian issue, is the recent attack a few weeks ago", he said.

Forces loyal to Assad and the Syrian Kurds have clashed sporadically over the eastern oil province of Deir el-Zour.

New and re-imposed sanctions have followed from Trump's pullout of the Iran nuclear deal, and these measures have been accompanied by warnings for European businesses to steer clear of pursuing the investments in Iran that were expected to grow out of that deal.

Hours later, targeted a military base in Kisweh, according to a commander in the pro-Syrian government regional alliance.

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