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"My assessment is that the situation we're in is an opportune moment to try to change fundamentally the strategic situation", he said.

In response to claims that Israel only targets Iranian forces in Syria, Assad said that there are no Iranian troops in Syria but "we have Iranian officers who work with the Syrian army as a help they (Iranians) don't have troops". The senior source said that "Assad was and is still a monster that slaughters his own people, but this is the global community and the Arab states' issue".

Asked about U.S. President Donald Trump comments in which he described the Syrian leader as "Animal Assad", and asked if he has a nickname for the American president, Assad said: "This is not my language, so, I can not use similar language".

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Syria's Bashar Assad has vowed to retake territories held by the PKK-affiliated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is backed by the US, through force if diplomatic options failed.

"This card is the SDF now", he said, referring to the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-dominated alliance of militants operating near the Turkish border.

"This is the first option".

According to Lavrov, a de-escalation zone in the south of Syria was established to eventually withdraw all non-Syrian forces from the border area.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on April 30 the United States and its allies would not want to pull troops out of Syria before diplomats win the peace.

The Douma attack triggered missile strikes on Syria by the United States, Britain and France which they said targeted Assad's chemical weapons program.

Netanyahu has made these statements on Sunday during the weekly cabinet session, in which he revealed the intensification of Israeli efforts against Iran, whether to prevent its possession of nuclear weapons or acting against the Iranian military presence in Syria.

The Syrian state denied government forces had launched any chemical attack. But large patches of territory remain beyond his control, including the expansive region north of the Euphrates River that is administered by the Syrian Kurds. "So, he wanted to represent what he is, and that's normal", Assad told RT. Anything that allows Iran's presence to grow in southern Syria or major base construction elsewhere appears to be a redline.

The truce - the first USA peacekeeping effort in the war under Donald Trump's presidency - has reduced violence in a particularly sensitive region that includes Syrian territory bordering Israel.

Both Iran and its Lebanon-based proxy Hezbollah have fought on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in recent years and Saudi media sources reported that Jordan recently received assurances from Iran that its forces would not deploy.

Assad said Israeli strikes destroyed a "big part" of Syrian air defenses, but added they have been rebuilt, "stronger than before, thanks to Russian support". Prior to this, many times had Israel shown concern about Iran's expansion techniques using the seven-year conflict.

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