"If not, we're going to resort to. liberating those areas by force, ' he said, adding 'the Americans should leave, somehow they're going to leave".
Despite multiple reports of Iranian military presence in Syria, as well as notable Iranian casualties during the seven-year war, Assad said: "We don't have Iranian troops", Assad said. "They are going to leave", Assad added. 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.
Mr Assad said the United States must learn the lesson of Iraq and leave the country. Iraq is no exception. People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore, ' he said.
But concern in Washington grew on Thursday that Moscow's real aim, in calling for Iran to exit southern Syria, is really to pressure the Trump administration to leave the country as well - a move that would leave Russian Federation as the sole power player on the ground.
"However, as we have said in the past, if attacked we will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend USA, coalition, or partner forces engaged in operations to defeat ISIS", the official added.
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Assad did not dwell on it during his RT interview, but Russia is making moves to muscle Iran out of Syria to preserve regional stability, avert a destabilizing conflict between Israel and Iran's terror proxies, and grab the lion's share of Syrian reconstruction business for Russian firms.
In the RT interview Assad also responded sharply to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of him as an animal, saying "what you say is what you are".
"We need the Russian support, but we need at the same time to avoid the American foolishness in order to be able to stabilise our country". Two days earlier, in a surprising message to the Iranian regime, Lavrov stated that "Assad's military alone should be present at the southern border of the country".
Trump has already said he hopes to pull United States troops out of Syria within a matter of months after the complete defeat of ISIS in Syria's eastern provinces. Assad told the interviewer he had no nickname for Trump because "This is not my language, so, I can not use similar language". "So we are supporting any worldwide mechanism that could limit the influence of Iran in the region in general, and in our country in particular", he added.
Hariri's remarks come amid intense Israeli diplomatic and military efforts against what Tel Aviv claims is a growing Iranian military presence in Syria, including a campaign of air strikes against suspected Iranian bases.
Assad further said Israel has from the start of the crisis in Syria been in contact with the anti-Damascus militants. (As if we didn't have enough on our plates already.) Assad is being backed by both the Russians and Iran. The terrorists, he said, took aim at Syria's air defenses as their primary target, something that reveals they are serving Israeli interests.