Syrian Regime Regains Damascus as ISIS Members Leave Yarmouk Camp

Pauline Gross
May 23, 2018

The spokesman went on to say that as a committed party to the JCPOA, following the unilateral, illegal and scandalous withdrawal of the U.S. from the multi-national agreement, the Islamic Republic of Iran will remain in the deal as long as the remaining sides acknowledge Iran's rights under the accord.

No doubt the two leaders, both long branded global pariahs by the West, had a lot to discuss after the uptick of external military action in Syria, but likely looming larger was the Iran and Israel question, and Israel's continued threats of attack should its "Iranian red line" go unenforced.

Israeli officials have repeatedly said that Israel would not allow Iran to turn Syria, which has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011, into its military foothold.

Syrian state TV broadcast footage of tanks rolling through a shattered neighborhood once held by rebels, as government troops waved the national flag.

This marks the third such known meeting inside Russian Federation between Assad and President Putin since 2015, and the first since two major instances of external airstrikes on the Syrian government dramatically escalated the prospect for broader war.

While responding a question about possibility of forcing Iran by Russian Federation to leave Syria, Ghasemi said that no one can force Iran.

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Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah have been helping Syria's Bashar Assad beat back a seven-year-old rebellion.

Syrian troops and their allies are expected to turn their attention to opposition-held parts of southern Syria, including Daraa province, in a push that could bring allied Iranian forces even closer to the increasingly tense frontier with Israel.

Tensions between the two historic rivals flared up earlier this month when US President Donald Trump moved his nation's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

A war-monitoring group said about 1,600 people, including hundreds of Islamic State gunmen, left the area Saturday and Sunday, heading toward the desert in the east of the country after a deal with the government.

In a statement, the Syrian army announced that "Damascus, its outskirts and surrounding towns are completely secure". Syria's state media denied a deal was reached to evacuate fighters.

Information for this article was contributed by Nasser Karimi, Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue of The Associated Press.

Other reports by GizPress

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