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Bashar al Assad goes old school in response to Trump's 'animal' insult

Bashar al Assad goes old school in response to Trump's 'animal' insult

The Syrian president went on to say nobody ever wants to engage in war, but the only way to deal with terror groups like ISIS is to use extreme force.

"This is the first option".

In Washington, the State Department said it was not looking to fight Syrian or Iranian forces, but would use "necessary and proportionate force" to defend USA and partner forces in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

Trading insults: Responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of him as "Animal Assad", the Syrian dictator told pro-Putin website Russia Today: "What you say is what you are".

Assad further urged the United States to "to learn the lesson" from Iraq, saying, "People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore".

Syria's army, depleted fro years of war, is unlikely to be able to expel even the small number of U.S. troops in the country as a practical matter. "We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans", he said.

The U.S. joined the United Kingdom and France in airstrikes against Syria last month, following a reported chemical attack on civilians. Hariri said there were now up to 100,000 Iranian or Iran-affiliated fighters in the country.

"We need the Russian support, but we need at the same time to avoid the American foolishness in order to be able to stabilise our country".

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"We were close to have direct conflict between the Russian forces and the American forces", Assad said in the interview. "People will not accept foreigners in this region anymore".

Over the last couple of months, Israel has intensified its bombing of military infrastructure in Syria, arguing that the Iranian presence in the Arab Republic jeopardizes its own national security. Assad told the interviewer he had no nickname for Trump because "This is not my language, so, I can not use similar language".

Assad, who has reconquered large parts of the country since the start of a vast 2015 Russian military intervention in his favour, struck a conciliatory note and said he expected wide support in former rebel-held areas.

"We are not satisfied with Iranian withdrawal from southern Syria alone", Netanyahu said in a statement.

"We were close to have direct conflict between the Russian forces and the American forces, and fortunately, it has been avoided, not by the wisdom of the American leadership, but by the wisdom of the Russian leadership", Assad told RT.

To protect the sovereignty of Syria, Assad vowed to "improve our air defense, this is the only thing we can do, and we are doing that".

Meanwhile, the USA has backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), whose territory has been significantly diminished in recent months with the help of Russian forces.


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