The Pentagon warns the Syrian regime not to attack the US-backed forces in the country shortly after Syrian President Bashar Assad called for US forces to be deported and threatened to target areas of American Kurdish paramilitary units in northeastern Syria
The threats come amid a clash between several nations and factions in the Syrian civil war as the Assad government consolidates control of the big cities but puts pressure on postwar equilibrium.
"Any interested party in Syria It should be understood that the attacking US forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy," said Lt. Chief of Staff. Gene. Kenneth McKenzie told reporters on Thursday.
gene. McKenzie spoke shortly after Mr. Assad told Russian news channel RT in an interview that the estimated 2,000 US special forces stationed in Syria to fight the Islamic State and support US Allied forces can not stay in Syria.
"Somehow" They will leave, "said Assad on Thursday.
American military advisors and their colleagues in the Syrian Democratic Forces ̵
A deconflation zone recognized by Moscow and Washington has protected the US Armed Forces and their allies from the onslaught of Mr Assad
"We would very seriously observe all actions that tended to change that," Gen. McKenzie told reporters during a Pentagon meeting.
Tensions between Washington and Washington Damascus boiled over in April, as US and Allied fighter planes launched a series of airstrikes against alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria st The strikes were a retaliatory move to use the weapons against anti-government forces near the rebel stronghold of Aleppo by the Assad regime.
The Syrian armed forces will "rebel" with the support of the Russian Air Force and Iranian militias. and in the Islamic State, Mr. Assad said. These comments have raised concerns that the US-backed forces may soon find themselves in the crosshairs of the Syrian government.
President Trump himself hopes for a near future US military deployment in Syria, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White insisted that the US has no intention to intervene in the Syrian civil war.
But she called on Syria and Iran, along with Russia, to be an important military ally of the Assad regime to pressure the Assad regime into breaking out between Syrian and American troops. "[The Assad] regime remains in power because these two regimes continue to support it," she said during the same Pentagon meeting on Thursday.
Mr. Assad told RT on Thursday that there were no Iranian troops in his country and said, "We have Iranian officers working with the Syrian army to help, but they have no troops." Reports from the Ministry of Defense for Syria are from reports Iranian and Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants may have begun to withdraw from areas in the southern part of the country near the strained border with Israel.
The UK-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory said Thursday that Iranian advisors and Hezbollah militants will resign from the southern regions of Daraa and Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights
a secret agreement between Moscow and Tel Aviv, which allowed Damascus to send government forces to southern Syria. Israel has accused Hizballah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards Military Adviser of organizing a series of cross-border mortar and missile attacks against Israeli positions in the Golan Heights earlier this month.
Tel Aviv has struck more than 30 airstrikes on several well-known jihadists redoubt and training camps in the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip, in one of the heaviest Israeli air strikes since the war with Hamas in 2014.
Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his Russian colleague Sergei Shoigu is said to have agreed to deport Iranian troops from Israeli borders, Israeli news agency Hadashot TV reported last Friday. Under the agreement, Russia also calls for the withdrawal of all foreign troops – including Iranian, American and Turkish forces – from Syria.
"The State of Israel appreciates Russia's understanding of our security concerns, especially with regard to the situation in Syria, our northern border," Lieberman wrote on social media after meeting with Mr. Shoigu in the Kremlin on Thursday.
In Washington asked if US forces were considering a withdrawal, General McKenzie replied: "The situation [in Syria] remains the status quo … We are there [and] nothing has changed."