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The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal opens the way to raising pressure on Tehran to stop its military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and leave the country, a Syrian opposition leader said on Thursday.

He said his regime "started now opening doors for negotiations" with them but "this is the first option".

The report came a day after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Iranian and allied forces should withdraw from the area "soon".

"The Americans should leave, somehow they're going to leave", he said.

"As a result of this work, which should and will continue, representatives of the armed forces of Syrian Arab Republic should stay on the border with Israel on the Syrian side", the foreign minister said. If we abandon the Kurds we will look like very unreliable allies and will be effectively stabbing them in the back after they were one of our most dependable and fierce partners in the war against ISIS. "They have to learn this lesson". Iraq is no exception.

Syria's army, depleted fro years of war, is unlikely to be able to expel even the small number of United States troops in the country as a practical matter.

The U.S. joined the United Kingdom and France in airstrikes against Syria last month, following a reported chemical attack on civilians.

"The role of Iran is getting bigger and bigger, at the expense of our people", Hariri said.

Assad has said that direct conflict between his ally Russian Federation and the U.S. in Syria was narrowly avoided.

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In the RT interview Assad also responded sharply to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of him as an animal, saying "what you say is what you are".

The observatory said: "Jordanian-American-Russian consultations are taking place about several points concerning the stay of the rebel and Islamic factions operating in Daraa, in exchange for handing over their medium and heavy weapons, and the entry of Russian military police".

He said he was sorry that Liberman had not visited Russian Federation with Netanyahu to attend the May 9 Victory Parade and invited him to come to next year's parade.

At present, all USA troops in Syria are within territory held by the Kurdish YPG. Asked if he had a nickname for Trump similar to the "animal" comment, Assad replied: "This is not my language, so I can not use similar language".

"We have one option, to live with each other as Syrians. It represents him, and I think there is a well-known principle, that what you say is what you are".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his government won't accept a permanent Iranian presence anywhere in Syria.

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

Assad also sought in his interview to minimize the extent of Iran's presence in Syria. The Israeli premier's office said the two discussed Iran's "military entrenchment" in Syria while the Kremlin said that a "Syrian settlement" was on the agenda. Syria's air defenses were much stronger than before, thanks to Russian Federation, he added.

If Bashar Assad is winning the hearts of the surviving Syrians, he did it by stopping a horrific amount of hearts and driving 13 million people out of their homes, half of them leaving the country entirely.

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