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Assad Explains Why He is Not Ruling Out Turkish, Saudi Invasion of Syria

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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad spoke to AFP news agency in an exclusive interview on the developments in Syria and the region.

Talking about a possible foreign ground invasion in Syria, Assad did not rule out the possibility of a Saudi, Turkish intervention saying, "Logically, intervention is not possible, but sometimes reality is at odds with logic, particularly when there are irrational people leading a certain state. That’s why I don’t rule that out for a simple reason: Erdogan is a fanatical person with Muslim Brotherhood inclinations. He is living the Ottoman dream. For him, the collapse which took place in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Syria is something personal."

"This threatens his political future on the one hand, and his fanatical Islamist ambitions on the other. He believes that he has an Islamist mission in our region. The same applies to Saudi Arabia. The collapse of the terrorists in Syria is a collapse of their policies. I tell you that this process is surely not going to be easy for them, and we will certainly confront it,” Assad said in an interview as cited by Syrian official agency SANA.

Talking about the current situation in Syria and the coverage of the Syrian crisis by Western media, Assad said, "The cause of this suffering is the terrorists, not the Russian shelling, as claimed by Western media, and when one cause for migration is the almost five-year-old embargo against the Syrian people, naturally my, and every Syrian official’s first task, is to fight terrorism essentially using Syrian capabilities, but also using our friends’ support in the fight against terrorism. That’s why I say the problem of Syrian refugees abroad, as well as the problem of hunger inside Syria, as you referred to it, is a problem caused by terrorism, Western policies, and the embargo imposed on the Syrian people."

Regarding Russia’s role in persuading him to step down, and whether he thinks there is a Russian-American deal on this issue; Assad said that Russians treat him with great respect.

“If we look at Russian policies and Russian officials in the same way we look at unprincipled Western officials and policies, this is a possibility. But the fact is the exact opposite, for a simple reason: the Russians treat us with great respect. They do not treat us as a superpower dealing with a minor state, but as a sovereign state dealing with a sovereign state. That’s why this issue has not been raised at all in any shape or form.”

Whether Russia and Iran will have permanent military bases in Syria, Bashar al-Assad said, “Having military bases for any country in Syria does not mean that Syria will become a satellite state to these countries. They do not interfere in issues related to the law, the constitution, nor to politics. In any case, the Russian base exists already, while the Iranians have not asked to have one. But in principle, we do not have a problem.”

During the interview Assad was asked if he intends to hold his post as president for life just like his father and if he doesn’t is he in the process of grooming a successor.

“First, the presidency is not a hobby that we enjoy. It is a responsibility, particularly in these circumstances. As to my selecting a successor, this country is neither a farm nor a company. If I want to remain president that should be dependent on two factors: first, my desire to be president, and second, the desire of the people. When the next elections come and I feel that the people don’t want me, I shall not stand. That’s why it’s too early to talk about this. We still have years before the next elections,” Assad said.

When asked how he thinks he will figure in history, as a man who saved Syria or a man who destroyed it, President Assad said, “This depends on who will write the history. If it is the West, it will give me all the bad attributes. What’s important is how I think. Certainly, and self-evidently, I will seek, and that is what I’m doing now, to protect Syria, not to protect the chair I’m sitting in.”

Talking about the Syrian army regaining control over Aleppo in the next few days, Assad said that it is not about regaining control over Aleppo, but the task is to cut the road between Aleppo and Turkey.

“Turkey is the main conduit of supplies for the terrorists. The battle has been going on now on more than ten fronts at the same time, from north, to south, to the east, to the Far East too, and to the west in Latakia. It was going on in Homs, and now it’s over. So, all these stages are moving in parallel.”

“Regardless of whether we can do that or not, this is a goal we are seeking to achieve without any hesitation. It makes no sense for us to say that we will give up any part. The timeframe is dependent on two scenarios. Suppose that the problem is purely Syrian, i.e. that Syria is isolated from its surroundings, we can put an end to this problem in less than a year by moving on two fronts: fighting terrorism and political action,” Assad said.

“The second scenario – which is the case now – taking the shape of continuing supplies to terrorists through Turkey, Jordan, and partly from Iraq – because Daesh exists in Iraq with Saudi, Turkish, and Qatari support – naturally means that the solution will take a long time and will incur a heavy price. So, it is difficult to give a precise answer about the timeframe,” the Syrian president told AFP in an exclusive interview.

Regarding how many years it may take for peace to be restored in Syria, Assad said that it depends on how many years Turkey and Saudi Arabia will continue to support terrorism.

“The question is: how much longer will Turkey and Saudi Arabia continue to support terrorism? That is the question. And when will the West put pressure on these countries to stop supporting terrorism?” the president said.

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  • Ratio
    Turks and Saudis want to Kill President Assad because they want set their own puppet and rule Syria in order to take all natural resources from it and do the same thing as they do with the Libya,Iraq,Afghanistan,Yemen or other countries that had suffering from the American 'peacekeeping missions'' or 'spreading Democracy...'' God bless President Assad and his allies that want to get rid of these filthy terrorists from ISIS/Daesh! Go Russia! Go Syria! Go Iran! and Go China!
  • FlorianGeyer
    President Assad has shown the world that his loyalty is to the Syrian people. He could have flown away to a comfortable life in a far off land BUT instead chose to stay and risk a demise as brutal as that of Colonel Gaddafi when the siren call of ' We came, We saw He died ' was broadcast on international TV by the smiling haggard old witch , Hilary Clinton.

    If the EU had leaders as courageous as President Assad. Europe would have cast off the military yoke of the USA decades ago and the people of Europe would have prospered.

    Instead we are plagued by leaders such as David Cameron who, in his university days, is said to have had drunken sex with a dead pig.

    www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/467294/David-Cameron-denies-claims-pig-piggate

    Although he denies that it happened , I recall the vociferous denials of President Bill Clinton that he did not have sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Whitehouse during his term of office.
    " I did not have sex with that woman " he said . He finally had to admit that he had ' oral sex ' with her though,lol.
  • artin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    jas, I have little doubt about the moral support that Syrian, Iran, and Russia enjoy vis-a-vis the destructive approach the western countries exercise. But facts must not be misinterpreted. Russia showed uncharacteristically amateurish view that signing UNSC resolution on no-fly zone in Libya was meant to deny Ghazaffi's fighter jets, and not used by the west to carpet bomb Libya. Iranian PressTV consistently called the rabid rottweilers in Libya "revolutionaries". Some progressives who never supported NATO bombings wnywhere, supported bombing of Libya because Ghazaffi had contacts withe Mossad in the past.

    We need to put the facts naked, not dressed up, on the table to server us as harsh slaps on our face to look for the reasons for such titanic mistakes in the past.
  • Huh?in reply toVasily (Show commentHide comment)
    ultravi01et,
    What has been interesting is Assad and Putin both let the west talk and talk and ask questions. Then...neither Assad, nor Putin answer and eventually the west answers its own questions with the answers it wants to hear. After which, the other two parties then speak their piece.
    As always, this allows the west to look stupid after the answer comes from the opposing party, since Assad's or Putin's answer never comes close to the fairy tale confusion the west has concluded in their answer.
  • Huh?in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer,
    I did not have sexual relations with that woman...she had them with me and her dress proves it wasn't me...because she was wearing the dress.
  • Whenever Usa and the servants of the empire tell you that some country is bad or that some one is an evil dictator ( like Asad of Gadaffi or Chavez/Maduro ) it means quite the oposite. It means these people love their countries, love their people but don't want to obey the empire, that way they are shown to us as eveil 24/7 on our media. But true dictators hide themselves behind the curtain of fake democracy and befriend and protect real opressors like the house of saud.
  • BlueStar
    Assad is mentally sound, his display of courage carries a sense of astute leadership. He knows that the intention of those who back terrorists is to make a Libya of Syria. We all hope to see a resounding support by Russia to the people and government of Syria .
  • in reply toart(Show commentHide comment)
    art, I don't think there was anything Syria could have done about it. It is only after the Syrian people saw what these "rebels" turned Takfiri were really like and the external conditions were such that Syria could receive significant friendly support to counter the support provided to the Takfiri Terrorists, that the tide could be turned.

    I don't think any western country would have defended themselves any better. The foreign rebel force at its peak in Syria was the size of the Syrian army with over 100,000 fighters, and these fighters have been armed with the most modern weapons! If such a proportionally equivalent force were inserted, even into the US, I think the destruction would be similar. Just consider how difficult it was for the UK to suppress the IRA, or Spain the ERA, now make those "troubles" 10,000 times worse.
  • FlorianGeyerin reply toHuh?(Show commentHide comment)
    Huh?,

    You should apply for a job in the Washington State Dept ,lol.
    You are a natural .
  • FlorianGeyerin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    Erik Trete,
    I agree with you.
    Only now that the Syrian towns and cities are being freed by the Syrian Arab army and its allies, that have been under the control of the US sponsored terrorists, are we hearing about the dreadful times of medieval cruelty by the bandit terrorists that the people have endured since 2011/12.

    Even those who opposed Assad now cheer for the return of law and order of President Assads government.
  • Huh?in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer,
    The whole answer would have made perfect sense if he was talking about Hilary. NO ONE would have questioned him...errghh...sorry, I just threw up in my mouth a little. (had the distubing thought of her trying to be...ewww...sexy)
  • Huh?in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer,
    The before and after pictures tell the story. Maybe Assad wasn't the best, but they sure had a much better life before all the democratic intervention.
  • FlorianGeyerin reply toHuh?(Show commentHide comment)
    Huh?,

    There are reports that La Clinton now prefers to sleep with another woman. I guess that Hilary plays the dominant role.
  • ozcanerdonmezin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
    anne00marie,

    It's mainly because of religious ideology, they want to create a big sunni block.
  • vendor
    Really, now? Two days late!
  • michaelin reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
    Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, how true! :)
  • michaelin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer, you mean madeline???
  • FlorianGeyerin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael,

    Oh no. Madeline Albright is an old jewish crone whose jewish parents converted to Christianity AFTER they and their daughter fled as migrants from mainland Europe to the UK in the late 1930's . She was born in 1937 . she arrived in the US when her father got a job with the UN after WW2.

    La Clinton goes for younger meat I am told.
  • michaelin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer, ah, she prefers merkel! :) It's getting worse. Unless you mean really young like a k ? :)
  • Imran Khushal
    Erdogan is a fanatical person with Muslim Brotherhood inclinations, how true this is?
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