Syria's President Bashar al-Assad says the United States "is losing its cards" as the militant groups it supports have lost significant ground on the battlefield against the army, emphasizing that the Americans "should leave" Syrian soil.
Trump called Assad an "animal" after a suspected poison gas attack on a rebel-held town near Damascus in April.
In a tweet the United States leader condemned a "mindless chemical attack" in Syria that killed women and children, called Syrian President an "animal" and delivered a rare personal criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting the Damascus government. The report said Israel set the condition that the Russians would keep the Iranians and Hezbollah away from the border with Israel, in exchange for the return of Syrian government forces to the southern region of the country. "Somehow, they are going to leave".
Assad further said his government has two options in dealing with the SDF issue.
With Syria's military now having complete control of the metro Damascus area, as well as the Lebanese border, the southwest, including parts of the border with Jordan, look to be the next focus.
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 USA -led airstrikes against Syrian government sites suspected of being involved in the production of chemical weapons. In the process, the Kurds have assumed de facto control over a vast area of mostly desert terrain amounting to almost a third of Syrian territory.
He also claimed that direct conflict between Russian military and US forces had been "close" in Syria, and that it had only been avoided thanks to Putin's leadership.
In his interview, Assad reiterated the government's denial of blame for the chemical attack.
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With military backing from Russian Federation and Iran, he has reclaimed most of the territory lost to rebels in the wake of the popular uprising that swept the country in 2011 and quickly descended into all-out civil war.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with German and French leaders next week to present his case against Iran's continued presence in Syria and ask for pressure to be put on Tehran.
"Actually, we had tens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers", he said.
"We have well-known agreements concerning the southwestern de-escalation zone", he said.
President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russia Today television that USA troops will have to leave Syria.
Assad also sought in his interview to minimise the extent of Iran's presence in Syria.
He said that Syria's air defences were now much stronger than before thanks to Russian Federation.