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    The Deputy Foreign Minister of Syria, Faisal al-Miqdad, said airstrikes against ISIL are ineffective in combating the militants.

    The Deputy Foreign Minister of Syria, Faisal al-Miqdad, said airstrikes by the US against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq seem “superficial and characterized by small scale," reported Japanese media.

    The deputy minister urged that "the most effective way to combat" Islamic state "are ground operations" similar to what Syria and Iraq are doing themselves in order to combat the militants.

    He stressed that the training of anti-government forces conducted by the United States will prolong the conflict and spread it to other countries.

    Al-Miqdad in his interview to the Japanese media urged Japan to cooperate more closely in the fight against terrorism. According to the deputy head of the Syrian Foreign Ministry, the opening of a Japanese Embassy in Syria, which was closed three years ago, will allow a mutual cooperation for restoring the social order in the region which is directly linked to terrorism.

    He further said that Syria has accumulated a large amount of data on the terrorist organizations and is ready to provide this information to countries willing to cooperate with Syria.

    The deputy minister further promised the Japanese government to provide information regarding the place of burial of the Japanese hostages executed in late January by ISIL, as soon as the Syrian officials are informed about the location.


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