Syria FM: Iran has no combat forces, bases in the country

Syria FM: Iran has no combat forces, bases in the country

The US's presence in Syria is not sanctioned under global law.

In an interview with Russia's RT television network on Thursday, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said the United States "is losing its cards" as the militant groups it supports have lost significant ground on the battlefield against the army, emphasizing that the Americans "should leave" Syrian soil.

Both President Obama and Trump have argued the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria is legal under the congressional authorisations to use military force against Al-Qaeda dating back to 2001.

"The only problem left in Syria is the SDF", Assad told RT, adding he sees "two options" for solving the "problem".

"Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking U.S. forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy", Director of Joint Staff Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said at the Pentagon press briefing on Thursday.

With President Trump himself raising the prospect of a ending the US troop deployment in Syria in the near future, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White insisted that the USA has no intention of intervening in Syria's civil war.

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'"But we all know that a new battle will not do any good for anyone", Kino said on June 1.

Long-simmering tensions between Israel and Iran in Syria stepped up considerably in recent months, beginning in February when an Iranian drone carrying explosives was flown from the T-4 air base in central Syria into Israeli airspace, and was shot down by an IAF helicopter. "It is impossible for us to leave any area outside of government control".

The SDF wants a "democratic system based on diversity, equality, freedom, and justice" for all the country's ethnic and religious groups, he said in a voice message to Reuters.

Mounting concerns that escalating Israeli strikes against Iranian targets in Syria would result in direct clashes with Russian forces operating in the war-torn country were apparently put to bed on Thursday.

Russian Federation gave Israel a "green light" to attack Iranian bases inside Syria during conversations between senior leaders over the last two days, according to a Saudi newspaper report published Friday. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looking into binoculars, and other senior officers from the Iranian military, visit a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, on October 20, 2017.

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