Syrian President warns 'Americans should leave' his country NOW

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

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

"The main card was al-Nusra that was called 'moderate.' But when the scandal started leaking, that they are not moderate, they are al-Qaeda., they (the Americans) looked for another card".

Syrian President Bashar Assad is threatening to attack a region held by US -backed Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria if talks fail to bring the area back under Damascus' authority.

'Fortunately, it has been avoided, not by the wisdom of the American leadership, but by the wisdom of the Russian leadership'.

"The Russians announced publicly that they are going to destroy the bases that are going to be used to launch missiles, and our information - we don't have evidence, we only have information, and that information is credible information - that they were thinking about a comprehensive attack all over Syria, and that's why the threat pushed the West to make it on a much smaller scale", Assad said. "If not, we're going to liberating those areas by force".

"I think there is a very known principle, that what you say is what you are".

Large areas however remain outside his control at the borders with Iraq, Turkey and Jordan.

The Syrian president said his government had "opened doors to negotiation" with US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a predominantly Kurdish group that controls parts of northern Syria. "We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans", Assad told RT in an interview.

He also claimed that direct conflict between Russian military and US forces had been "close" in Syria, and that it had only been avoided thanks to Putin's leadership.

Assad reiterated the regime's denial that it carried out the attack in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma, saying that the regime did not have chemical weapons and it would not have been in its interest to carry out such a strike.

Elsewhere, Assad was asked about the possibility of an assault by the U.S. and its allies on Syria similar to the tripartite missile attack last month.

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.

Some Israeli politicians have threatened to "liquidate" Assad and topple his government if Iran continues to operate in Syria and transfer weapons to the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Russian Federation said on Monday only Syrian army troops should be on the country's southern frontier.

Missiles fire is seen over Damascus on May 10 as Israel struck targets in Syria.

According to the report, Israel's Defense Ministry underlined Israel's view that the Iranian presence should be entirely eradicated from Syria, not only militarily and not only from the southern part of the country, but also from an economic standpoint as well.

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