Syrian President warns 'Americans should leave' his country NOW

Syrian President warns 'Americans should leave' his country NOW

The United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and leave Syria, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview, responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of him as an "animal" by saying "what you say is what you are".

Assad said his government had "started now opening doors for negotiations" with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-dominated militia alliance that is backed by Washington and controls parts of northern and eastern Syria where U.S. troops are stationed.

In an exclusive interview shared in part Wednesday by Russian government-run news channel RT, Assad said he was unmoved by Trump's words, which were followed by US -led airstrikes against Syrian government sites suspected of being involved in the production of chemical weapons.

Assad has said that direct conflict between his ally Russian Federation and the USA in Syria was narrowly avoided. If we abandon the Kurds we will look like very unreliable allies and will be effectively stabbing them in the back after they were one of our most dependable and fierce partners in the war against ISIS.

"We're going to deal with it by two options", he said.

Israel and Russian Federation have been supporting opposing sides in the Syrian war but according to sources in Israel the two countries have reached a "dramatic understanding" whereby Moscow will concede to virtually every single demand made by Tel Aviv.

On April 14, the US, Britain and France launched a coordinated missile attack against sites and research facilities near Damascus and Homs with the purported goal of paralyzing the Syrian government's capability to produce chemicals.

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"We couldn't cover it, and we might not be ashamed to say that we've got". It averts possible direct confrontation between Iran and Israel in Syria, where tensions have heightened between the foes.

Iran has been offering military advisory support to Syria at the request of the Damascus government, enabling its army to speed up its gains on various fronts against the terror groups. "Also in the recent attack, a few weeks ago, they said they attacked Iranian bases and camps there were dozens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers but no Iranian", the president added.

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. "People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore", he continued.

In this endeavour it has formidable obstacles to overcome: "the regime is more dependent than ever on Iran, which Israel regards as its most implacable state foe; other enemies, particularly Hizbollah and Iran-backed Shiite militias, are entrenched in Syria with Russia's blessing; and the US, notwithstanding the Trump administration's strident rhetoric, has done little to reverse Iran's gains", reads a February report from the International Crisis Group.

The president, however, said that Russia's threats to strike the bases of the missile launchers targeting Syria have pushed the West to make their strikes limited, otherwise it could have been a country-wide offensive by the United States and its Western backers.

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.

Israel has claimed that it is targeting military infrastructure run by its archfoe Iran, which has been Damascus's other key ally in the conflict.

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