Assad against deployment of US troops to Syria, calling them ‘invaders’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad harshly criticized the US’s decision to send ground troops to fight in Syria and noted that this was not approved by his government. “What are they going to do? To fight ISIS? The Americans lost nearly every war,” stated Assad.

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Two days after the US announced that it will be deploying ground troops to fight in Syria, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad criticized today (Saturday) the US intervention and explained that the troop deployment was not coordinated with his government. “We did not open our doors to the US Army,” said Assad.

Two days ago, the White House approved sending ground troops to fight in Syria for the first time. The Marine Corps will lead the assault on ISIS’ capital Raqqa. Trump’s decision reflects a change from former US President Barack Obama’s stance regarding military intervention in the region.

“Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish or any other one,” Assad said during an interview with Chinese media outlets.

President Assad against the US Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

“What are they going to do? To fight ISIS? The Americans lost nearly every war,” Assad continued. “They lost in Iraq, they had to withdraw at the end. Even in Somalia, let alone Vietnam in the past and Afghanistan, your neighboring country. They didn’t succeed anywhere they sent troops, they only create a mess; they are very good at creating problems and destroying, but they are very bad in finding solutions.”

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