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Syrian Defense Minister: Syrian Democratic Forces Are Only Card Remaining In U.S. Hands

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Syrian Defense Minister: Syrian Democratic Forces Are Only Card Remaining In U.S. Hands

SDF members. IMAGE: REUTERS/Stringer

The Syrian government will recapture territory controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the same way it “liberated” other parts of the country, Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub says.

“We do not compromise when it comes to our right to defend [Syrian] sovereignty,” Ayoub stressed at a joint press conference following a meeting with Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Armed Forces Othman Al-Ghanimi, and Chief of General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Hossein Bagheri.

He stressed that the SDF is “the only card that remains in the hands of the Americans and their allies”.

“The Syrian government will deal with this issue in one of two ways: A reconciliation agreement or liberating the territory they control by force,” he said.

Ayoub continued by saying that Idlib will also be recaptured by the Syrian Army.

“The Syrian government will reassert its complete control over all Syrian territory sooner or later,” he said. “Idlib is no exception.”

The defense minsiter emphasized the importance of cooperation and coordination between Syria, Iran and Iran to combat mutual threats. He noted that the recent talks “will help us to continue to confront challenges, dangers and threats” posed by terrorism.

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