Rejecting claims that Syria's air defenses are practically useless against Israeli jets, the 52-year-old Syrian leader said the old Soviet weapons were capable of repelling numerous IAF strikes and the US-led bombardment in April, when the US, Britain, and France fired over 100 cruise missiles at Syria.
Assad, who is backed by Russian Federation and Iran, appears militarily unassailable in the war that has killed an estimated half a million people, uprooted around 6 million people in the country, and driven another 5 million overseas as refugees.
Trump announced on May 8 that the United States was pulling out of the agreement, but all other parties to it - Germany, France, Britain, China and Russian Federation - say the agreement is working as intended and want to stick by it.
Changes will reportedly be made to the agreement to reflect the "new reality" now that the U.S. is no longer bound to the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
"The Iranian militia is the spearhead of the offensive of the Assad forces and its role has been clear for five years, which prevented the Syrians from their freedom and topple the regime".More news: Apple releases iOS 11.4 with Messages in iCloud
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Bashar al-Assad said the United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and withdraw from Syria, and promised to recover areas of the country held by US -backed militias through negotiations or force.
(Reportedly, a deal is in place to keep them there until 2092.) The Iranians just seem to enjoy causing any trouble they can stir up for the United States and Israel.
Russian Federation is said to be deliberating an approach that would distance Iranian forces and their Shiite allies from Israel's northern border over concerns that repeated Israeli strikes in the region may jeopardize Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's grip on power, Haaretz reported on Monday citing Israeli security and diplomatic sources.
Meanwhile, the USA has backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), whose territory has been significantly diminished in recent months with the help of Russian forces. We can't exactly ask Israel to jump into this battle openly. "Somehow, they are going to leave". "They are going to leave", Assad added.
The Kurds in oil-rich northeastern Syria have long pushed for increased autonomy in their heartland but Damascus has insisted it intends to reassert its authority over the entire country. Medical aid organisations said the attack killed dozens of people.
Syria also appeared to back creating a buffer zone on its southern border with Israel that would be free of Hezbollah and Iranian-backed forces, Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported on Monday.