September 16, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
The political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that pro-government forces will even fight US-backed Kurdish-led forces so that all of Syria can be liberated.
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“Whether it’s the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), or ISIS or any illegitimate foreign force in the country… we will fight and work against them so our land is freed completely from any aggressor,” said Bouthaina Shaaban in an exclusive interview with Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Manar television network on Friday.
She added that the US-backed SDF captured areas from ISIS “without any fighting” in Deir Ezzor province.
“But they will not get what they want,” the Syrian official added, implying that the SDF drive against ISIS in Deir Ezzor province is just to capture oil-rich areas.
The comments come as earlier a commander with the SDF, Ahmed Abu Khawla, had said that his fighting force would not “allow” the Syrian forces to get to the eastern bank of the Euphrates river, as reported by Fort Russ News.
Despite the warning, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Syrian forces had crossed the Euphrates.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.