Two days after the deadly chemical attack in Idlib, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that if he loses the war, “Syria will be erased from the map.” He also mentioned Israel and said that the Syrian Army is already engaged in a war with the country because “Israel is trying to aid the terrorists where the Syrian Army advances.”

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated this morning (Thursday) in an interview: “We have no option other than winning the war. If we don’t win, it means that Syria will be erased from the map.”

A Syrian news agency released al-Assad’s interview with a Croatian newspaper two days after the horrific attack in Idlib, which claimed the lives of about 150 people.  “There’s no other option,” he continued. “This is why we are certain, determined and continuing.” Al-Assad even mentioned Israel during the interview: “The fear of a war with Israel is unrealistic because we are already living in such a war in this type of reality.”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

“Our victory over the terrorists is a victory over Israel, Turkey, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries that are working together for one goal,” al-Assad continued. “Israel is trying to aid the terrorists where the Syrian Army advances by attacking in many different ways in order to halt the forces’ momentum.”

Yesterday, JOL News reported that the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Syrian aircraft carried out the attack in Idlib. According to Russia, the aircraft targeted a rebel weapons arsenal where chemical weapons were manufactured and stored.