Russian Federation gives 'green light' for Israeli action against Iran in Syria

Syrian forces loyal to Assad attack refugee camp in Damascus

"Since the beginning of the crisis, Iran has supported Syria in the war against terrorism backed and financed regionally and internationally", he said.

Both President Obama and Trump have argued the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria is legal under the congressional authorisations to use military force against Al-Qaeda dating back to 2001.

In an interview with Russia's RT worldwide broadcaster, Assad said he would negotiate with fighters backed on the ground by Washington, but would reclaim territory they control by force if necessary, whether or not American troops supported them.

"The Americans should leave somehow".

The threats come amid a scramble among several nations and factions in the Syrian civil war, as the Assad government consolidates control of the major cities but faces pressure over the postwar balance of power.

Senior officials from Iran and Syria claimed Saturday there is no Iranian military presence in the country, amid reports that Israel and Russian Federation reached an agreement for the withdrawal of Iran-backed troops from the Israeli-Syrian border area.

Israel has frequently attacked military targets inside Syria in what is widely viewed as an attempt to prop up the terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats at the hands of Syrian soldiers.

Muallem said the presence of Iranian military advisors in Syria was legitimate and based on an invitation by the Syrian government and they coordinated their activities with Damascus.

Assad told Russian TV Thursday that Syria had no Iranian troops on its soil. It was the most serious confrontation between Israel and Iran to date.

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya announced to journalists Friday that an agreement was reached that would involve removing all Iranian forces from the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights.

The Kremlin has given its consent for Israel to attack Syria on condition that it leaves Assad's assets intact, Israel Hayom reported, citing an Arabic-language newspaper. Israel in return said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria, as well as Syrian air defense systems that fired at Israeli aircraft during the raids. Lieberman was reported to have said that "Israel greatly appreciates Russia's understanding of our security needs, especially regarding the situation on our northern border".

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