Bashar al Assad goes old school in response to Trump's 'animal' insult

Geneva Stokes
June 2, 2018

The Syrian president said his government had "opened doors to negotiation" with US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a predominantly Kurdish group that controls parts of northern Syria.

The SDF, dominated by the militia of a self-proclaimed Kurdish autonomous administration, have air assist from the US-led coalition towards IS and function on the bottom with U.S. and French particular forces. "If not, we're going to resort.to liberating those areas by force".

In the interview, Assad said US and Russian forces would have come in direct conflict long ago in Syria if it were not for Russia's prudence and judgment. "We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans", Assad told RT in an interview. He noted that USA troops are in the country with no legal basis, and pointed out the consequences of the United States having similarly entered Iraq with no legal basis. "It is impossible for us to leave any area outside of government control", he said.

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"We couldn't cover it, and we might not be ashamed to say that we've got". "This is a proof that Israel was in direct link with those terrorists in Syria".

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Bashar al Assad has reacted to being called "Animal Assad" by US President Donald Trump with a phrase usually heard in school playgrounds. "It represents him, and I think there is a well-known principle, that what you say is what you are".

He said it was down to "the wisdom of the Russian leadership" that a confrontation did not happen.

Assad also sought in his interview to minimize the extent to which his government receives support from Iran. Israel wants Iran-backed forces removed from areas near its border and from Syria in general.

The SDF has clashed with Syrian regime fighters on the ground, and the coalition has bombed government forces and their allies on multiple occasions.

Israel is vehemently opposed to Iran maintaining a military presence in Syria, however. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after Lavrov spoke that Israel objects to Iran's presence in any part of Syria.

Assad also said Russian Federation deterred the West from launching a devastating country-wide airstrike last month - and that Damascus has almost won the seven-year civil war against rebel factions supported by the US government. In this context, a very senior political source says: "Assad was and remains a monster who massacred his people, but this is a matter for the global community and the Arab countries - we can't fix the world; Israel needs to take care of its own security".

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