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Syria

Kurds allied with US are ‘traitors,’ says Assad

By Rudaw 18/12/2017
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking to press in Damascus on Monday. Photo: AFP/HO/SANA
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking to press in Damascus on Monday. Photo: AFP/HO/SANA
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Syria’s president has condemned as “traitors” Kurds allied with the United States in the north of the country. 

“All those who work under the command of any foreign country in their own country and against their army and people are traitors, quite simply, regardless of their names, and that is our evaluation of the groups that work for the Americans in Syria,” President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday, responding to a reporter’s question about Kurdish activities, according to state media SANA. 

Kurdish forces, the YPG and its umbrella organization the SDF, have largely avoided conflict with Syrian state forces during the country’s civil war, but Assad has said the war in Syria is also against groups who seek to divide or weaken the state and people in his administration have said that they will “liberate” areas under SDF control. 

The SDF General Command responded to Assad’s statement, saying that his dictatorship is “the definition of treason” and the people rebelled against his “authoritarian oppressive security regime.”

The Kurds have battled ISIS in northern Syria with the support of the US-led global coalition. In doing so, they have carved out a self-autonomous enclave, holding elections and calling for their federal model to be applied throughout the country. 

They now control about a quarter of Syria, but the YPG and the PYD, the ruling Kurdish political party, have been left out of international peace efforts. This has largely been at the demand of Turkey, who considers the groups extensions of the PKK, a named terrorist organization. A charge the YPG and PYD deny.

Russia, however, has supported including the Kurds in talks and has assisted them militarily in the eastern oil-rich province of Deir ez-Zor.

Assad made his comments speaking to the press after a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

The Syrian leader hailed the strong relations between Damascus and Moscow and said he looked forward to future cooperation, including economic, between them. Assad said that given Russia’s military assistance, it would be natural for the ally to also be an important partner in reconstructing the war-ravaged country. 

 

Assad aide: Syrian Kurds must learn lesson from fate of Kurdistan Region

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duroi | 18/12/2017
Assad, better listens to Putin and watch his back and test his food from that traitor Khamenei who didn't hesitate to poison his confidant Rafsanjani and who is now betraying and backstabbing Kurds in Iraq who saved Iran twice from Saddam and ISIS invasions. Assad will be finished by either Hizbullah or Turkish allied forces if he listens to the Ayatollah and weakens the Kurds in Syria, and Putin should keep reminding him of such a folly. If he were politically savvy, he was now strengthening an Alawi-Kurdish alliance in Syria (1) by publicly thanking Kurds who were the main force that pushed back Turkey from fully capturing north governorates of Aleppo and Raqqa (2) by seeking Kurd support to retake Adlib, Al-Bab and Jarablus (and Hatay) from Turkey, instead of naively showing in public discord with Kurds and again dangerously isolating the minority Alawis in a Sunni dominated Syria.
5th Commander of YPG | 18/12/2017
Assad is a traitor to the Syrian People. Why? Because he works for Iran. He sold, raped and murdered his own people in the name of Ayatollah Khomeini. God will never forgive him.
Jim Martin | 19/12/2017
All this says is that as per 2011 the Assad regime will kill, overrun, or maim anyone who gets in their way making them unfit for Syria's future The Russians would do well to head for the door and let the Assad regime areas be absorbed into one undivided Syrian made up of Federal States or provinces which is what the Russians essentially supported however Assad does not; as he tries to murder and starve his way to victory
w | 19/12/2017
only one way will ensure the stability and continuity of a government; and that is the way of justice, kindness, humility, and integrity. Has anyone in Syria learned that lesson yet?
stupid | 19/12/2017
he is stupid man. actually he is kind of traitor in long term. because at the moment Iranians are making up %80 of Syrian army. Iranians are not dying for free. they have great expectations. one day will come and they force Assad to cover his wife head, wear headscarf. alewi and Christians will suffer under shia sharia law. instead, he can make a deal with kurds and kick iranians out of syria.
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