US in No Position to Set Conditions for Iran, Hezbollah in Syria: Sheikh Qassim
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US in No Position to Set Conditions for Iran, Hezbollah in Syria: Sheikh Qassim

Touching on a media report that an American delegation has put three conditions for American forces pull out from Syria, Hezbollah's Sheikh Naim Qassem said on Monday such conditions were meaningless,” stressing that “victors” are eligible to set out conditions. Last week, Lebanon’s al-Akhbar daily reported that an American delegation, comprising security and intelligence officials, had met in June President Bashar al-Assad’s special security adviser, Ali Mamlouk in Damascus, where they put withdrawal of Iranian advisers from southern Syria near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, data on “terrorist groups” and a role in the oil business in eastern Syria as conditions for American forces withdrawal from Syria. Hezbollah and the Syrian government are now in the stage of “successive victories for Syria and its axis. We have lifted this black cloud, victories will continue, and we will achieve more,” the Hezbollah official noted. He further called on “all factions counting on America” to “reconsider” their ties with the “Great Satan” as it is not loyal to its friends. “They are Saudi Arabia’s allies, and tomorrow Saudi Arabia will see that the first strike it will get will be from America,” Qassem said. The Syrian army has managed to drive the terrorists out of most parts of the country and end ISIS’s territorial rule with help from Iran, Hezbollah and Russia. It is now on the verge of fully liberating the southern parts near the occupied Golan, prompting serious concerns in Tel Aviv, which supports the terrorists operating there against Damascus. Syria is now preparing for an operation to liberate Idlib Province, the last major militant stronghold. At the request of Damascus, Iran has been offering advisory military assistance to the Syrian army. Tehran says it will continue its anti-terror mission as long as the legitimate government in Damascus wants it to do so. Hezbollah forces have also been assisting the Syrian government on the ground to clear areas bordering Lebanon from terrorist groups. In turn, Russia has also been providing air cover to Syrian army operations. It has also military advisers in the Arab country and runs a number of military bases there. On the opposite front, the US – along with Israel and its other allies -- has been backing the militant groups fighting to topple the Assad government. In an interview with the al-Alam News Network in June, Assad said the United States was an occupying power in Syria and that Damascus supported “any act of resistance, whether against terrorists or against occupying forces, regardless of their nationality.” Washington has deployed around 2,000 troops to Syria. US forces maintain significant presence in the country’s north, where they back Kurdish militants operating against the Syrian government. The Russian military has repeatedly reported that the US uses the areas under its control in Syria to provide support to Takfiri terrorists.

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