Assad aide says Syria will fight any force, including US-backed militias

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September 15, 2017 23:12
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BEIRUT - A top aide to President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday 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.

"Whether it's the Syrian Democratic Forces, or Daesh (Islamic State) 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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