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SYRIA’S AL-ASSAD BLAMES FRANCE FOR SUPPORTING TERRORISM

PARIS, Feb 17 (NNN-KUNA) — Syrian leader Bashar Al-Asssad has accused Western countries, but principally France, of supporting terrorism in his country and for being responsible for the many deaths there.

In an interview in Damascus with French media, Al-Assad said French policies since the outset of the crisis were to be blamed for the huge loss of life in the six-year-old Syrian conflict.

Around 400,000 people are estimated to have died in the violence with many millions either internally or externally displaced.

“The policy of France, since the first day, has consisted of supporting the terrorists in Syria and it is directly responsible for the killings in our country,” the Syrian leader said in a 25-minute interview with “Europe 1” radio and “TF1 and LCI” television stations.

He blamed France and the United States and other nations of supplying weapons to people that were only so-called “moderates” but “who are in fact terrorists.”

Al-Assad said in the interview that the war in Syria was not over and “we cannot say we have won the war until we have beaten terrorists all over Syria.”

He said this goal “would be a long road” because of the support terrorists are receiving still in Syria.

Al-Assad was vague on where the Syrian army and its allies would focus their efforts against the terrorists, after they have now taken control of Aleppo.

“It could be Idlib. It could be Raqqa, it could be anywhere,” depending on “the evolution of the daily situation,” he remarked.

But he affirmed that to beat terrorism in Syria, it would have to mean “retaking every inch of our territory.”

Asked about an Amnesty International report that has just been published and accuses the Syrian Regime of mass executions in the Sedneya prison outside of Damascus, Al-Assad said these are just “allegations” and he said there was no proof, despite over 80 testimonies from form inmates and former prison guards.

He rejected assertions that up to 13,000 prisoners have been executed by hanging in the jail over several years and he said that there were juridical laws and legal methods that were respected in Syria.

He claimed that the Syrian government did not abuse or torture the population as this would mean losing their support in forthcoming elections.

Nonetheless, independent and outside sources – in addition to opposition sources – claim that Al-Assad’s regime has massively tortured and killed its people and has also used chemical weapons and other unconventional weapons against civilians on a wide scale.

France has been one of the most vocal critics of Al-Assad and his alleged human rights violations, calling for the Syrian leader to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

This might help explain the sharp attack against France in the interview with Al-Assad when he also had a direct line to Paris via French media.

Source; Nam News Network

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SYRIA’S AL-ASSAD BLAMES FRANCE FOR SUPPORTING TERRORISM

PARIS, Feb 17 (NNN-KUNA) — Syrian leader Bashar Al-Asssad has accused Western countries, but principally France, of supporting terrorism in his country and for being responsible for the many deaths there.

In an interview in Damascus with French media, Al-Assad said French policies since the outset of the crisis were to be blamed for the huge loss of life in the six-year-old Syrian conflict.

Around 400,000 people are estimated to have died in the violence with many millions either internally or externally displaced.

“The policy of France, since the first day, has consisted of supporting the terrorists in Syria and it is directly responsible for the killings in our country,” the Syrian leader said in a 25-minute interview with “Europe 1” radio and “TF1 and LCI” television stations.

He blamed France and the United States and other nations of supplying weapons to people that were only so-called “moderates” but “who are in fact terrorists.”

Al-Assad said in the interview that the war in Syria was not over and “we cannot say we have won the war until we have beaten terrorists all over Syria.”

He said this goal “would be a long road” because of the support terrorists are receiving still in Syria.

Al-Assad was vague on where the Syrian army and its allies would focus their efforts against the terrorists, after they have now taken control of Aleppo.

“It could be Idlib. It could be Raqqa, it could be anywhere,” depending on “the evolution of the daily situation,” he remarked.

But he affirmed that to beat terrorism in Syria, it would have to mean “retaking every inch of our territory.”

Asked about an Amnesty International report that has just been published and accuses the Syrian Regime of mass executions in the Sedneya prison outside of Damascus, Al-Assad said these are just “allegations” and he said there was no proof, despite over 80 testimonies from form inmates and former prison guards.

He rejected assertions that up to 13,000 prisoners have been executed by hanging in the jail over several years and he said that there were juridical laws and legal methods that were respected in Syria.

He claimed that the Syrian government did not abuse or torture the population as this would mean losing their support in forthcoming elections.

Nonetheless, independent and outside sources – in addition to opposition sources – claim that Al-Assad’s regime has massively tortured and killed its people and has also used chemical weapons and other unconventional weapons against civilians on a wide scale.

France has been one of the most vocal critics of Al-Assad and his alleged human rights violations, calling for the Syrian leader to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

This might help explain the sharp attack against France in the interview with Al-Assad when he also had a direct line to Paris via French media.

Source; Nam News Network

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