June 16, 2018
A week earlier a Wall Street Journal report had claimed that Iranian forces and Lebanese Hezbollah had returned to the southern governorates of Daraa and Quneitra dressed in SAA uniforms and raising Syrian flags after initially appearing to withdraw. According to the Wall Street Journal the Iranians and Hezbollah did this to avoid Israeli airstrikes.
Back then, the US-based newspaper didn’t present any evidence to support its claims and said that its sources were “rebel commanders,” who are well-known for their stands against the SAA and its allies.
Israel and the US had stepped up their political and military pressure on Iranian forces and Hezbollah in Syria since the beginning of this year in order to push them out from the war- torn country. At the same time the mainstream media increased its reports about the “Iranian presences in Syria.”
Lieberman’s statement confirms that the Wall Street Journal report was nothing more than a part of the ongoing propaganda war against Iranian forces and Hezbollah in Syria.