The US has warned Assad’s army against carrying out a planned offensive in the de-escalation zone in southwest Syria.

Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad Photo credit: Kremlin

The US State Department warned Thursday that the US will take “firm and appropriate measures” against Assad’s army if it launches an offensive against rebels in southwest Syria.

“The United States remains concerned by reports of impending Syrian government operations in southwest Syria within the boundaries of the de-escalation zone,” said the statement. “We affirm again that the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Syrian government violations in this area.”

The de-escalation zone, located near the borders of Syria, Jordan and Israel, is the only part of the country not yet conquered by the Syrian Army.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview last week that the conflict could be resolved “within less than a week” if it weren’t for “outside intervention.”

“The more progress we make, the more support the terrorists get from the West,” Assad said, adding that Russian and Iranian forces are present in his country by his own request.