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Russia, Israel agree to drive off Iranian military from Syrian border

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem

It is understood that, for its part, Israel agreed to accept the return to the border of soldiers loyal to Assad'd regime; while Russian Federation will guarantee that no Iranian or Hezbollah forces return to the area. "We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans", he said in the text of an interview published by Syria's state news agency.

The Russian policy change cited by the Observatory follows a 90 minute plus meeting in Moscow on Thursday between Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. "People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore".

In an interview with Russia Today, Russia's state-owned worldwide broadcaster, Assad said the United States should heed the lessons of Iraq and get out of Syria before it is forced to leave.

Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened to attack a region held by US -backed Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, saying in an interview broadcast on Russia Today channel on Thursday that American troops should leave the country. The pouring of regime loyalists into southern Syria coincides with preparations by the Iranian Forces and Hezbollah and pro-Iran militias to withdraw from both provinces.

The Syrian army is now preparing for an offensive to recapture the parts of southwest Syria bordering Israel and Jordan that are still under rebel control, one of three significant areas outside the government's grip.

Responding to Trump's description of him as "Animal Assad", the Syrian leader said: "What you say is what you are".

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. "So we are supporting any global mechanism that could limit the influence of Iran in the region in general, and in our country in particular", he added. "The Americans should leave".

But Russia's intervention turned Syria into a powder keg for world powers.

Assad called on Trump to remove his forces in an interview with Russian media earlier in the day.

"The Americans should leave somehow".

Israel, which is also said to have received assurances from Moscow that it would not try to stop any future strikes on Iranian targets, is concerned about Iran and allied Hezbollah's growing arsenal on its doorstep.

"They came to Iraq with no legal basis, and look what happened to them", Assad said of US forces. 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.

"The most important fact regarding this issue, is that we do not have Iranian troops".