Syrian militants dug up graves to find Israelis

02 June, 2018, 09:19 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Tensions between the USA and Syria have ratcheted up during the Trump administration over its response to the country's seven-year civil war.

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.

The U.S. -backed group holds the largest area of Syrian territory outside government control, but has tried to avoid direct clashes with the government during the multi-sided war.

The SDF, dominated by the militia of a self-proclaimed Kurdish autonomous administration, have air support from the US-led coalition against IS and operate on the ground with USA and French special forces.

The president said the only option to respond to the Israeli attacks is by improving the air defenses and "we are doing that".

"The Americans should leave, somehow they're going to leave", he said, adding that Washington should learn the lesson of its war in Iraq, which lasted longer and was much costlier than anticipated.

Chagai Tzuriel, director general of Israel's intelligence ministry, told journalists on Monday he believed recent events were convincing countries such as Russian Federation that allowing Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria was not worth it. Assad, apparently referring to the May 10 attack, by Israel said "we had tens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers, not a single Iranian" casualty.

Speaking to Russia Today, the Syrian leader said that there were no Iranian troops within his borders apart from officers assisting the country's own forces. Trump has also blamed his predecessor for supporting Syrian rebels trying to oust Assad after a 2011 uprising, saying in 2015 that "Assad may be bad, but we have absolutely no idea who these people are that we're arming".

However, on Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that he was unaware of any such agreement between Russia and Israel.

In the meantime, Russian media suggested that Moscow and Tel Aviv will agree on broad understandings on the situation in the southern region during the visit initiated Wednesday by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Russia. Everything concerning the work on the border between Syria and Jordan was to be discussed, where Russian Federation has an agreement with Amman and Washington, TASS quoted Shoigu as saying.

The Syrian government's plans to recapture rebel-held areas near the border raised Israeli concerns that its backers - Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah - could take up positions along the frontier. Russia, the United States and Jordan will hold a high level meeting to discuss southern Syria and an impending regime offensive to push rebels out of the area.

Netanyahu will travel to Germany and France for talks expected to focus on the United States decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal - long sought by Israel - and the Iranian presence in Syria.


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