Syria's army captures last insurgent area near Damascus

Iran Rejects Russian Demand To Withdraw Troops From Syria

Iran to remain in Syria as long as Damascus needs: spokesman

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Assad during a meeting last week that a political settlement in Syria should encourage foreign countries to withdraw their troops from Syria.

Mr Lieberman said: "We, of course, struck nearly all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria, and they need to remember this arrogance of theirs".

Iran is present in Syria because Damascus wanted it to be there and Tehran's goal is to fight terrorism, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, APA reported citing IRNA. "There are some countries that have cooperative military relationships with Syria [such as Russia]". Army Gen. Ali Mayhoub announced that military operations in and around the capital had been a success and that the area is "completely secure" after the army captured former ISIS strongholds of Yarmouk refugee camp and the Hajar al-Aswad district south of the capital.

The report noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the strike after conferring with U.S. President Donald Trump, in hopes of preventing Iran from using the anti-aircraft battery against Israeli jets carrying out strikes in Syria.

Army soldiers fired into the air in celebration and held Syrian flags, against a smashed cityscape of shattered buildings and widespread destruction, state television footage showed.

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.

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.

The fighting in southern Damascus has left scores of dead on both sides and caused massive destruction in the Yarmouk camp, which was a built-up residential area, and its surroundings. Syrian state media denied a deal was reached to evacuate fighters.

Syrian TV earlier quoted an unidentified Syrian military official as saying the two-day truce had been in place to evacuate women, children and the elderly Sunday night from Hajar al-Aswad.

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