Syrian FM: Iran has no military presence, bases in Syria

Syrian FM: Iran has no military presence, bases in Syria

"We would view very gravely any actions that tended to change that", Gen. McKenzie told reporters during a Pentagon briefing.

The attack triggered US, French and British missile strikes against what they called chemical weapons targets, the first coordinated Western strikes against Mr Assad's government of the war. "Because the majority of them are Syrians". "We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans", he said.

He said the United States has to "learn their lesson" and his country are "going to resort to liberating the area by force, with the Americans or without the Americans".

"The Americans should leave". They have to learn their lesson.

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

Mr McKenzie said the U.S. troops and their local militia allies were staying in At-Tanf, dismissing Assad's call for their withdrawal.

But, she did call upon Syria and Iran - along with Russian Federation a key military ally to the Assad regime - to pressure the Assad regime to ensure violence does not break out between Syrian and American-backed forces.

Al-Moallem said that only when USA troops withdraw from the Tanf area near the Jordanian border can an agreement be discussed.

Syria's air defences were much stronger than before, thanks to Russian Federation, he added.

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However, asked about Nebenzia's comments al-Moallem said no agreement has been reached for southern Syria, adding that Damascus is not now involved in any negotiations over the area.

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.

"Neither the United States nor Turkey has the right to negotiate over a Syrian city", he said, describing any such deal as "infringing on Syrian sovereignty".

Mr Assad said the government had "started now opening doors for negotiations" with the SDF, whose main component, the Kurdish YPG, has mostly avoided conflict with Damascus in the war.

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.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert expressed concerns about an operation in southwestern Dara'a province, claiming that it fell within a de-escalation zone in Syria.

Muallem said the presence of Iranian military advisors in Syria was legitimate and based on an invitation by the Syrian government and they coordinated their activities with Damascus.

But Assad said Iran's presence in Syria has been limited to officers assisting the army. "As a result, ... only the Syrian Army troops should be stationed at the Syrian border with Israel", the Russian minister said at a joint press-conference with his counterpart from Mozambique.

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