Syrian government seeks to recapture southwest, foreign minister says

Bashar Assad

Bashar Assad

"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agreements] stipulate that this de-escalation zone should consolidate stability, while all non-Syrian forces must be withdrawn from this area", Lavrov said.

Al-Muallem said that Iran has stood by Syria since the very beginning of the crisis in that fight against terrorism and "we thank the Iranian people and leadership for their help". He said Israel and Russian Federation were holding intense discussions regarding Iranian military presence in Syria, which he believes is spearheaded at Israel.

The Arab newspaper also reported that Jerusalem political sources said that Israel and Russian Federation have reached an understanding that would let the Assad forces to take back control over the southern part of the country, near the border area, in exchange for an evacuation of the Iranian forces.

In May, head of the Syrian government delegation to the Astana peace talks Bashar Jaafari called the U.S. military presence in al-Tanf and nearby Rukban refugee camp in the south of the country as "pure aggression and occupation".

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Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the joint staff, said during a press conference on Thursday: "Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking US Forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy". Israel says Iranians are operating in the area near its border and has called for Moscow to keep Iranian forces and their allies away from the frontier. To start, being forced to withdraw from Syria would be a major blow to Iran's prestige at a moment when its economy is bracing for crippling sanctions following America's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

That would be along Israel and Jordan's borders with Syria.

Mr Assad said he is committed to pushing U.S. forces out of Syria during an explosive interview with Russian broadcaster RT.

But a senior Israeli official told Channel 10 that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Thursday phone conversation that Jerusalem wants Iranian forces - including Hezbollah and other Shiite militias - entirely out of Syria, and not just the southwestern region closest to the Jewish state.

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Tel Aviv hit back over 30 airstrikes targeting several known jihadi redoubts and training camps inside Palestinian-controlled Gaza, in one of the heaviest Israeli aerial barrage since the 2014 war with Hamas.

The rocket attacks have continued for two months while Israel has reportedly launched strikes on Iranian positions in Syria. The cease-fire means the Syrian rebels have continued to control an area along the Golan and Jordan's border.

That includes large parts of the north and east where U.S. special forces deployed during the fight against Islamic State, supporting the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

"We strongly support Russian efforts to drive terrorists out of the Syria-Jordan border and to bring the area under Syrian army control", Shamkhani told the Shargh daily.

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