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Israel, Iran Reach Back-Channel Understandings on Syria Operation

Israel, Iran Reach Back-Channel Understandings on Syria Operation

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.

"The first one: we started now opening doors for negotiations". Twenty three fighters, including five Syrian regime troops and 18 other allied forces were said to have been killed.

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

"This is our land, it's our right, and it's our duty to liberate it".

He added: "The Americans should leave, somehow they're going to leave".

Last year, the U.S. began arming them before an offensive to recapture Raqqa, the former de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). "They have to learn this lesson". Iraq is no exception, and Syria is no exception. "People don't accept foreigners in this region anymore".

Earlier on Thursday, Assad warned in an interview with Russia Today he would not hesitate to use force to reclaim one-third of the country under SDF control, if negotiations fail.

'Fortunately, it has been avoided, not by the wisdom of the American leadership, but by the wisdom of the Russian leadership'.

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"We never had, and you can not hide it", the Syrian president said.

In an interview with pro-Putin news channel Russia Today, the Syrian dictator also claimed he will recover areas held by US -backed militia "within a year".

Assad reiterated the government's denial that it carried out the attack in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma, saying that the government did not have chemical weapons and it would not have been in its interest to carry out such a strike.

A US -led wave of Western missile strikes on Syrian government targets across the country last month raised fears of a Russian response and full-blown internationalization of the conflict.

The return of the Syrian army to Israel's northern border in return for the distancing of Iran and its Lebanon-based proxy Hezbollah from the area has been the subject of back channel discussions between Israel and Russian Federation over recent weeks.

With Syria's military now having complete control of the metro Damascus area, as well as the Lebanese border, the southwest, including parts of the border with Jordan, look to be the next focus. Iran, in conjunction with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, now operates a network of militias recruiting from across the Mideast to fight on Assad's behalf and maintains a command structure separate from the Syrian government.

According to the report, Israel's Defense Ministry underlined Israel's view that the Iranian presence should be entirely eradicated from Syria, not only militarily and not only from the southern part of the country, but also from an economic standpoint as well.


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