Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with RT news that there are no Iranian troops in Syria and dismissed Israeli threats as “panic and hysteria.”


Assad Photo Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that the Syrian Army is working on improving its air defense system in order to stop Israel’s air strikes in his country.

In an interview with RT news, Assad addressed for the first time the extensive IDF attacks on “alleged Iranian assets” in Syria. He insisted there were never any Iranian troops in the country, explaining that only Iranian officers were assisting the Syrian Army.

According to the Syrian president, Israel lied about its true intentions in striking the military bases as the real goal was to damage the Syrian air defense systems and help rebel militants in overthrowing the government.

Assad made it clear that he is not afraid of Israeli Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz’s threat to “end” Assad’s regime if he allows Iran to turn Syria into a military base to be used against Israel. Al-Nusra and ISIS were “dear ones” to Israel and their losses in Syria put Israel in a state of panic and hysteria, he stated.

The Syrian leader also condemned the attacks by the US and its allies in Syria and called for a withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country. He then praised the Russian government for preventing a direct confrontation between the US and Russia forces on Syrian soil.