According to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, US military have not coordinated about their presence in the area of the Syrian city of Manbij with the country’s authorities.
The presence of US military in the area of the Syrian city of Manbij was not agreed with the country’s authorities, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the Phoenix TV television channel. The full text of the interview was published on a website of the Sana news agency on March 11.
According to the head of the state, “any foreign troops, coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish, or any other one.”
Al-Assad also noted that US servicemen will not help his country to defeat terrorism.
“What are they [foreign troops] going to do? To fight the ISIS [the Islamic State terrorist group]? The Americans lost nearly every war. They lost in Iraq, they had to withdraw at the end. Even in Somalia, let alone Vietnam in the past and Afghanistan,” the President said.
He pointed out that Washington “didn’t succeed anywhere, they sent troops, they only create a mess.” Al-Assad believes that the Americans “are very good in creating problems and destroying, but they are very bad in finding solutions.”
The state’s head also added liberation of the city of Raqqa, which now is the main stronghold of the IS, will become a priority for government troops in the near future. According to him, liberation of Raqqa and Deir-Ez-Zor can take several months.
On March 6, it was reported that the council of Manbij city, located in the north of Syria, announced the transfer of the city under protection of the US-led coalition. This happened after on March 1, the Turkish Army and Syrian militants jointly attacked an armed detachment of the city’s militia, which mounted defences in a village near the city.
Later, units of the Syrian Army started to take up positions, left by the local militia on the contact line with the Turkish Army and its allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA).