Iran-Backed Hezbollah Chief Vows to Remain in Syria

Assad: Russia is not coordinated with Israeli ‘enemy’ in Syria

According to him, the involvement of foreign powers such as Britain, the U.S. and France has been prolonging the conflict. Syria is allied with Iran and Russian Federation, and has had turbulent relations with the West. Syria is technically at war with Israel, which occupies the Syrian Golan Heights, but a cease-fire has largely held since the 1970s. The Syrian and Russian governments have charged the United States and UK-funded White Helmet group with staging a false-flag chemical attack in the city to prompt Western military intervention. "I think that this is understood and accepted by these leaders", he added, noting that the full departure of Iran and Iranian backed forces from Syria would be "a long process".

Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah has also fought alongside the military of President Bashar Al-Assad ever since an uprising against his family's decades-long rule slid into a civil war that has raged for some seven years.

Syrian President Bashar Assad denied Russian Federation coordinated Israeli strikes inside his country, noting it was impossible for the Putin regime to both aid the Syrian Army and, at the same time, "work with our enemies in order to destroy our army".

"Russia never coordinated with anyone against Syria, either politically or militarily, and that's (a) contradiction", he said.

The leader also responded to allegations that Russian Federation has started coordinating with Israel in regards to strikes against targets in Syria. Iran and Hezbollah have been widely seen as instrumental to bolstering the success of Assad's forces throughout the war.

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The newspaper reported that the concealing of identities stems from fears of additional Israeli attacks, and is an attempt to prevent Israel from targeting Iran-allied fighters in Syria. At the same time, both groups are openly hostile toward Israel, and the Israeli military has preemptively struck when it feels threatened by their presence close to its border.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview published Sunday that the West is fuelling the devastating war in his country, now in its eighth year, with the aim of toppling him.

In the new interview, Assad also blasted the American and British governments for "interfering" with his nation's sovereignty.

Brief readouts from the Kremlin and Netanyahu's office said that the two leaders discussed a "Syrian settlement" and "Iran's military entrenchment in Syria".

Despite his criticism of Western governments, Assad said his nation is "ready" to cooperate if they "change" their "political position".

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