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The Pentagon on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to carry out an offensive against Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States that control the country's north-east.

The United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and leave Syria, President Bashar al-Assad has said, threatening to retake areas from its Kurdish allies.

"If not, we're going to resort.to liberating those areas by force", Assad said.

"We were close to have direct conflict between the Russian forces and the American forces, and fortunately, it has been avoided, not by the wisdom of the American leadership, but by the wisdom of the Russian leadership", Assad told RT.

"Assad's regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map and the world if the Iranians do try to harm Israel or its interests from Syrian territory", said senior officials in the defense establishment. Even Israel and Iran, the definition of mortal enemies, were reportedly communicating with one another last weekend.

Reports suggest that Syria's government, which has been reinforced and supported by Russian Federation, is preparing for a major offensive against rebel groups in the area bordering Israel.

"We're going to deal with it by two options", he said. "This is a proof that Israel was in direct link with those terrorists in Syria".

"We have Iranian officers, who work with the Syrian army as a help but they don't have troops".

Trading insults: Responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of him as "Animal Assad", the Syrian dictator told pro-Putin website Russia Today: "What you say is what you are".

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"Any military solution, as far as the SDF is concerned, will lead to more losses and destruction and difficulties for the Syrian people", kino said.

Northeastern Syria, where Syrian Kurds have declared a self-governing autonomous region, is the biggest territory still outside the remit of the government.

"We need the Russian support, but we need at the same time to avoid the American foolishness in order to be able to stabilise our country".

The phone call came as Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was visiting Moscow Thursday for talks on the situation along Syria's border with Israel.

Jordan also made it clear that military maneuvers ‎involving Iranian-backed forces could trigger a ‎military confrontation between Iran and Israel.

Israel is vehemently opposed to Iran maintaining a military presence in Syria, however.

The remarks reflect that despite pressure on multiple fronts, Assad is seeking to consolidate control after seven years of civil war.

The SDF wants a "democratic system based on diversity, equality, freedom and justice" for all the country's ethnic and religious groups, he added in a voice message to Reuters.


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