The Syrian government would fight any force, including US-backed forces also battling Islamic State militants, in its drive to recapture the whole of the country, a top aide to President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday, as cited by Reuters.
“Whether it’s the Syrian Democratic Forces, or Daesh (Islamic State, IS, ISIS, IS) or any illegitimate foreign force in the country … we will fight and work against them so our land is freed completely from any aggressor,” Bouthaina Shaaban said in an interview with Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV.
Shaaban said the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had captured areas from Islamic State “without any fighting,” apparently accusing them of collusion with the jihadists.
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