31 May '18, 9am

#SYRIA: Assad threatens force against US-backed SDF

#SYRIA: Assad threatens force against US-backed SDF

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned US-backed Kurdish forces he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country they control. "The only problem left in Syria is the SDF," Assad told Russia Today in an interview aired Thursday, referring to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces which has spearheaded battles against Islamic State group jihadists. "We're going to deal with it by two options," he said. "The first one: we started now opening doors for negotiations. Because the majority of them are Syrians, supposedly they like their country, they don't like to be puppets to any foreigners," Assad said in English. "We have one option, to live with each other as Syrians. If not, we're going to resort... to liberating those areas by force." The Kurds in oil-rich northeastern Syria have long pushed for increased autonomy in their heartland but Damascus...

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