Syrian President Bashar al-Assad believes that an uprising against the troops of Turkey and the United States will begin in the republic if they do not leave the country after the destruction of the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, banned in Russia). He told about this in an interview with RIA Novosti.
The head of state noted that the presence of the Turkish and American military in Syria should be regarded as an occupation. In this regard, Damascus needs to get rid of IS, which “the Americans have created, support and give assignments” as a pretext for this occupation. “If the Americans and Turks do not leave after this, popular resistance will naturally begin. This is the only way, ”the president predicted.
Assad added that neither discussions nor international law will force the US and Turkey to leave, and this has been tested on the example of Iraq. “What made the Americans leave in 2007? This was the result of the resistance of the Iraqi people, ”he stressed.
Assad also said in an interview that he plans to meet in person with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. In addition, he appreciated the plans of the American leader Donald Trump to eliminate him, from which he was dissuaded by the head of the US Department of Defense James Mattis.
On October 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch a new operation in Syria. According to him, this will happen if the Kurdish formations do not leave the north of the republic.
In October 2019, Erdogan announced the start of Operation Peace Spring in Syria against the Kurds and IS. In early November, Russia and Turkey agreed to suspend it, create a security zone on the Syrian-Turkish border and patrol the region. At the same time, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that he offered the Kurds to fight together with the “Turkish invaders”, but they refused.