Lavrov: "the U.S. wants to strangle Iran"

Damaged buildings are seen at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus Syria

Israeli officials "said that they attacked Iranian bases and camps", he said.

"We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans", he said.

While Assad is militarily unassailable in the Syrian conflict, swathes of territory at the frontiers with Iraq, Turkey and Jordan and Israel remain outside his control.

In addition, Fathollah-Nejad said Israel is anxious about "a permanent Iranian military presence across the Israeli border".

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 says he has opened the door to negotiations with the Kurdish-run administration while also preparing to "liberate by force". He said that point of view, according to which the Islamic Republic of Iran is the cause of all troubles in the Middle East is wrong.

"We believe that there is no room for any Iranian military presence anywhere in Syria", he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed on Tuesday that "all non-Syrian forces must be pulled out of [southern Syria].as soon as possible", speaking at a forum in Moscow, state media agency TASS reported.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that only the Syrian military should be on the country's southern border.

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Rebels have taken control of most of southwest Syria, which bordered the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, resulting in allied Iran-backed military and Syrian army troops to be pushed back in their own country.

"As for media reports about the U.S. making plans to withdraw troops from the Al-Tanf area, I have already said that this zone was artificially created for reasons that are hard to understand from the standpoint of military feasibility", he said.

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.

Russian Federation said on Monday that only Syrian army troops should be at the southern border with Jordan and Israel, which has waged air strikes in Syria to curb what it fears is Iran's expanding influence.

(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.

There have been reports in the past of friction between Iran and Russia in Syria, and Mr Barmin said that the Russians might also see the benefit in keeping Iran somewhat marginalised inside Syria. We can't exactly ask Israel to jump into this battle openly.

"The Americans should leave, somehow they're going to leave", he said.

"The majority of the people who were against the government.in the different liberated areas, actually in their hearts they are with the government", Assad said.

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