Monitor says Iran to pull out of southern Syria

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Syrian President Bashar Assad warned in comments broadcast Thursday that he would wage war to expel US troops from northeastern Syria if dialogue fails to bring the area back under government control.

"The two sides outlined the main contours of a roadmap for their further cooperation in ensuring security and stability in Manbij", the statement said, giving no further detail.

"The primary one: we began now opening doorways for negotiations".

"We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans", Assad threatened. "The Americans should leave, somehow they're going to leave", he said.

The Kurds in oil-rich northeastern Syria have lengthy pushed for elevated autonomy of their heartland however Damascus has insisted it intends to reassert its authority over all the nation.

In an interview with Russia's RT global broadcaster, Assad said he would negotiate with fighters backed on the ground by Washington, but would reclaim territory they control by force if necessary, whether or not American troops supported them. "The Americans should leave".

The Douma attack triggered missile strikes on Syria by the United States, Britain and France which they said targeted Assad's chemical weapons programme.

He also claimed that direct conflict between Russian military and USA forces had been "close" in Syria, and that it had only been avoided thanks to Putin's leadership.

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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 internationalisation of the seven-year-old conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands and drove millions out of the country.

More strikes by U.S. ally Israel have further raised fears that the devastating war, which has left more than 350,000 people dead, could yet escalate. The last thing Moscow wants is for its expensive investment in propping up Assad to be lost because Iran launches a war with Israel from Syrian soil.

"I will present them (the European leaders) with the latest strategic developments in our region, which are connected to the efforts to halt Iranian aggression in Syria and elsewhere", he said. "We invited the Russians, we could have invited the Iranians", he told RT. "It represents him, and I think there is a well-known principle, that what you say is what you are".

"Our recommendation to Iran is that it does not try to act, because Israel is determined to continue on this issue to the very end", the officials said. 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. "Actually we had tens of Syrians, martyred and wounded soldiers, not a single Iranian".

According to the report, the understandings were ‎reached in a series of indirect meetings in Jordan, ‎where Iranian officials, including the envoy to ‎Jordan, met with top Jordanian officials, who in turn ‎met with senior Israeli security officials.‎.

Trump blamed Assad for the attack, calling him an "animal" and securing the support of UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron to launch strikes on his regime.

"It's important to open the doorways and it's a must to distinguish between completely different sorts of individuals", he informed RT. "People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore", Assad added.

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