Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Chinese broadcaster Phoenix that Turkish President Erdogan is still supporting the Islamic State (IS) group and himself is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation, adding, “the whole world knows that Erdogan logistically and financially supported ISIS and al-Nusra in Syria.”
The Syrian President also said that his government did not consent to US army presence in the northern Syrian town of Manbij as Washington increases military presence in the country.
Speaking to China’s Phoenix TV channel, the Syrian president also said that Russia was the only force sincerely fighting against the Islamic State (IS) group in his country.
The US army has positioned its soldiers in the north of Manbij in coordination with the Manbij Military Council, the Kurdish-Arabic coalition that liberated the town from IS last year.
A video emerged this week showing a US armoured convoy driving through the town amid Turkish threats of an assault on the town it claims is controlled by “YPG terrorists”.
Assad told the Chinese broadcaster that his army’s next target was the liberation of the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa and that he hoped the conflict in Syria would end in 2017.