Pentagon warns Assad against attacking pro-US Kurdish forces

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Walid al-Moallem said on Saturday that the US should withdraw from the al-Tanf base in southeastern Syria ahead of any agreement reached in the south of the country.

The Syrian government has not even started any negotiations with the militants in these areas, al-Moallem said, calling the United States troop withdrawal a necessary prerequisite for any such talks.

Shamkhani said Iran regards Syria's security as its owns and thus preserving stability in the Arab country is also an achievement for the Islamic Republic. "Israel will continue to maintain its operational freedom to act against Iranian entrenchment in all of Syria", they said.

In May, head of the Syrian government delegation to the Astana peace talks Bashar Jaafari called the United States military presence in al-Tanf and nearby Rukban refugee camp in the south of the country as "pure aggression and occupation".

But, she did call upon Syria and Iran - along with Russian Federation a key military ally to the Assad regime - to pressure the Assad regime to ensure violence does not break out between Syrian and American-backed forces.

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"Since the beginning of the crisis, Iran has supported Syria in the war against terrorism backed and financed regionally and internationally..." Israel has sought to prevent Iran as well as its allies such as Hezbollah from encroaching on the border.

The US's presence in Syria is not sanctioned under worldwide law. It's not clear how Israel intends to do that, but Russian officials are said to be confident that Israel has the ability to help Russia in that direction.

Israel has had a channel to Moscow since Russian Federation first established its air presence in Syria in fall 2015. The meeting came just days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to fight Iran "anywhere in Syria".

Gen. McKenzie spoke shortly after Mr. Assad told the Russian RT news channel in an interview that the estimated 2,000 USA special forces believed to be posted in Syria to combat Islamic State and back up US -allied forces can not stay in Syria.

There has been a surge in Israeli violence against people of Gaza in recent weeks.

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In Tehran, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani told the pro-reform Shargh daily that Iran has no presence in south of Syria but supports Damascus' efforts to regain control over the area.

Moualem added that that Damascus had communicated with the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces but no negotiation process had started over the fate of their territory in the north and east.

But Assad said Iran's presence in Syria has been limited to officers assisting the army.

Earlier this week, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Syrian troops should be positioned on the border with the Golan Heights, which have been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Mideast war.

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