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Israel agrees to deployment of Syrian forces near border: border

Daraa Province in southern Syria

In the last week, he said several military convoys had left government-held parts of Deraa city heading north, saying he believed these to be Iran-backed forces being evacuated from the region.

Those strikes followed a barrage of rockets that Israel said was sacked toward its forces in the occupied Golan Heights by Iran from Syria.

But according to Assad, Iran's presence in his country is limited to an advisory capacity.

In a tweet the U.S. 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.

Assad told RT the scale of the bombing raid could have been much larger had it not been for the threats of counter measures by Russian Federation. 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.

Syrian state media did not report an attack on Wednesday.

Before his flight, Liberman tweeted, "The main focus of the security forces has been to prevent Iran and its proxies from entrenching themselves in Syria". Iran, in conjunction with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, now operates a network of militias recruiting from across the Mideast to fight on Assad's behalf and maintains a command structure separate from the Syrian government.

The area is covered by a ceasefire sponsored by the United States, Russia and Jordan, the result of the first Syrian peacemaking diplomatic effort of President Donald Trump's administration.

Assad also sought in his interview to minimize the extent to which his government receives support from Iran. Netanyahu said he may also meet British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans". Syria's air defences were much stronger than before, thanks to Russian Federation, he added.

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

'We were close to have direct conflict between the Russian forces and the American forces, ' Assad said in English in an interview with Russia Today, aired Thursday.

He also claimed the government had "started now opening doors for negotiations" with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish dominated militia alliance that controls parts of northern and eastern Syria where United States forces are stationed.

President Assad wants to expel American forces and their Kurdish-led allies from Syria if they do not withdraw voluntarily after a period of negotiation.

Earlier this month, Israel launched a large-scale attack on what it said were Iranian targets in Syria, raising fears of a major confrontation.