Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is threatening attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Arab-Kurdish fighters who get the support of the United States. The first option is negotiations, but if that doesn’t work, we will their areas with violence free”, so said Assad Thursday in an interview with the television channel Russia Today.
The Syrian Democratic Forces are dominated by the Kurdish Volksbeschermingseenheden (YPG) and check in the north and east of Syria large areas. They are in the country is the main ally of the international coalition under the US leadership in the fight against the terreurbeweging Islamic State (IS).
The past few months was, however, also regular confrontations with the regeringsgetrouwe forces of Assad, including in the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor. The Syrian government forces supported by the Russian air force.
The regime-Assad will check today the city of Deir Ezzor, but also the west bank of the Euphrates. The SDF swing the paste on the eastern shore. According to Assad, is a direct confrontation between Russia and the U.S. in Syria by the way but in the nick of time avoided. “We were close to a direct confrontation, but thankfully avoided,” he said during the interview.
Assad also denied that in Syria, Iranian forces are operational. “There are only Iranian officers in the Syrian army to help.’ The Israeli army bombed the past few months, arranged targets in Syria. According to observers, were mainly Iranian and iranian backed forces, such as the Lebanese militia Hezbollah endorsed.