15:47 GMT +327 October 2016
    Syrian President Bashar Assad

    Syria to View Saudi, Turkish Troops as Terrorists if Invasion Launched

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    Bashar Assad said that if Saudi Arabia and Turkey send their troops to Syria, the Damascus authorities will treat them as terrorists.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) If Saudi Arabia and Turkey send their troops to Syria, the Damascus authorities will treat them as terrorists, Syrian President Bashar Assad said.

    "If this happens, we shall treat them as terrorists. We defend our country. Nobody has the right to interfere in Syria – neither from a political, nor from a military point of view. This would be a violation of international law, and for us, as well as for citizens of Syria, the only possibility is to defend our motherland," Assad told El Pais newspaper.

    Assad stressed that Turkey had been involved in events of Syria from the very beginning and sent terrorists to the country.

    Last week, media reported that Saudi Arabia could send thousands of ground forces to Syria, most likely in coordination with Turkey, to take part in the fight against the Daesh jihadist group. Shortly after that, Turkey reportedly sent troops to its border, and also intensified the shelling of Kurdish-held areas in northern border regions of Syria.

    On Monday, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Omer Celik, said Turkey had no plans to conduct a ground operation in Syria.

    Riyadh has been a nominal member of a US-led international coalition that has been carrying out airstrikes against Daesh jihadists in Syria and Iraq since 2014. However, the operations in Syria have been conducted without the approval of the Syrian government or the UN Security Council.

    Russia has also been leading a separate campaign against Daesh militants in Syria since last September, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad, having outlawed the group.


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    • vendor
      The entire interview is here;

    • terryjohnodgers
      And rightly so! Every country that considers itself a NATION is entitled to defend itself, not only in modern terms under international law, but also as the possessor of an area of land recognized as being their cultural possession.
    • terryjohnodgersin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, thank you for that link, it has been very informative and only reinforces what I have come to know.
    • Hermes
      I think Russia has long been aware that in the end there will an invasion. These planes, ships and missiles aren't there for fun. The only question is if NATO will risk it but to me it looks like Russia is figuring they will.
    • Chris
      The terrorist states of USA.France,Britian,S Arabia,Turkey,Israel and other Gulf states will pay a heavy price if they are foolhardy enough to escalate this conflict.Russia's superior miltary along with the battle hardened Syrians will administer swift justice.
    • elsa.zardiniin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, Thank you for that link! Mr. Assad has quickly become the expert on International Terrorism since the only way to erradicate it, is by knowing precisely, based on real information, how they operate. Know your enemy.
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