Iran Stresses Syria Presence Legitimate: "No One Will Take Us Out"

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"There are some countries that have cooperative military relationships with Syria [such as Russia]".

On the reports that Russian Federation has asked Iran to leave Syria, Qasemi said that "no one can make Iran do things".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened Iran with the "strongest sanctions in history" if Tehran doesn't change course.

Israel accuses Iran of trying to create permanent military bases in Syria.

Incorrect. the reference by both Putin & Assad, relates to both Turkish & U.S forces and not Iran, which has a defence agreement with Syria.it's current presence is not part of any such deals to be made.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's remarks that foreign troops must withdraw from Syria after the start of the political settlement phase have been clarified by a Kremlin spokesman, Ad-Dustour has reported. Putin's envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, said Putin was referring to Iranian forces, among others.

"As long as it is needed, terrorism threat is not eliminated and the Syrian government's help request continues Iran will remain in Syria", Ghasemi told reporters in Tehran May 21.

Pro-Syrian government forces have been battling for weeks to recover the city of Al-Hajar al-Aswad and the adjacent Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp from the Islamic State since driving rebels from eastern Ghouta in April.

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State TV earlier said that government forces resumed an offensive at noon after a group of civilians was evacuated from the area overnight. Some fired in the air in celebration.

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

Israel has warned Iran and its proxies to stay away from the border and has carried out a series of airstrikes on Syrian air bases where it believes Iranian troops maintain a presence.

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.

"Damascus and its surroundings are completely secure", Mayhoub said.

Syrian state media denied there was a deal to evacuate fighters, according to the Associated Press, which quoted one military official as saying that a two-day truce had been arranged to evacuate women, children and the elderly on Sunday night from Hajar al-Aswad.

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

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