Israel and Iran clash in Syria as Trump admits defeat and withdraws

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Israel and Iran clash in Syria as US surrender

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Russia’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily newspaper has reported from the ground in Syria that US troops withdrew from their positions in Syria in anticipation for an Iranian advancement.

The newspaper said that the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from parts of Syria with heavy Iranian and Russian military presence left US allies, Israel to face the Iranian advancement alone.

Russian media quoted Israel’s former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman as saying that “the United States’ withdrawal from this part of Syria greatly increases the likelihood of a large-scale conflicts in the north, whether in Lebanon or Syria”.

Israel currently illegally occupies southern Syria in an attempted land grab.

Lieberman added that “the Americans’ departure will raise the morale of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his allies, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Lebanon, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Iraq.”

The US, UK, Israel, France and several other smaller members such as Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Australia have been attempting to overthrow the governments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bonsia, Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon and Iran since US president George W. Bush declared war on the Middle-East.

The United Nations has repeatedly warned all parties against using civilian lands such as Syria to wage proxy wars between the US and Israel vs Russia and Iran who do not want conflict on their own soil.

The Russian daily quoted Russian military expert Yuri Liamin as saying that “Iran cannot interpret this decision as a blank cheque. We must not forget that Turkey is now threatening to launch a new military operation against the Syrian Kurds (whom are attempting to take land from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Armenia.). This operation may lead to real Turkish control over a significant part of northern Syria. Such development is unlikely to please the Syrian authorities and its Iranian ally.” he added.

Last Wednesday, the United States announced that it had decided to withdraw its troops from Syria, with Trump announcing on Twitter: “We have defeated Daesh in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.”

Trump famously U-turned on his wishes to remove Bashir Al-Assad from power following heavy US defeats in 2018.

US media said the decision came after a telephone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the announcement of an anticipated Turkish military operation against Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), east of the Euphrates River, which the UN considers a terrorist group.

Trump finances, arms and trains the Kurds along with the UK and France. Trump had to accept defeat and leave Syria by the end of 2018 to avoid Russian, Turkish and Iranian battles. The US troops suffered heavy losses in Russian and Turkish controlled regions of Syria over the past 12 months.

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