Damascus, SANA – Interview given by President Bashar al-Assad to BBC News, following is the full text:
Welcome to a BBC News Special. I am Jeremy Bowen. I am in Damascus, in the Presidential Palace, the complex which overlooks Damascus city; and here we have been interviewing the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.
Question 1: Mr. President, you’ve lost control of large areas of Syria. The jihadist group that calls itself Islamic State has emerged. There are perhaps 200,000 Syrians dead, millions have lost their homes. The UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has called this the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world since the Second World War. Has Syria become a failed state?
President Assad: No, as long as the government and the state institutions are fulfilling their duty towards the Syrian people, we cannot talk about failed states. Talking about losing control is something completely different. It’s like if you have an invasion of terrorists coming from abroad, and the government is doing its job in fighting and defending its country. Continue reading President al-Assad: We can’t be allied with a country supporting terrorism
Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to the American magazine Foreign Affairs published on Monday.
Following is the full text of the interview:
Interview given by H.E. President Bashar al-Assad to Foreign Affairs Magazine
Question 1: I would like to start by asking you about the war. It has now been going on for almost four years, and you know the statistics: more than two hundred thousand people have been killed, a million wounded, and more than three million Syrians have fled the country, according to the UN. Your forces have also suffered heavy casualties. The war cannot go on forever. How do you see the war ending?
President Assad: All Wars, anywhere in the world have in the past ended with a political solution because war itself is not the solution; war is one of the instruments of politics. So you end with a political solution. That’s how we see it. That is the headline. Continue reading President al-Assad to Foreign Affairs Magazine: Israel is supporting terrorist organizations in Syria
by Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Al-Jazeera English
Western pundits who blithely assert that the Islamic Republic of Iran can or will cooperate with the United States in Iraq against ISIL ignore a basic problem: How can the US be a serious partner in fighting a terrorist movement that Washington may have played a critical role in creating? Continue reading The fantasy of an Iran-US partnership
by Nicola Nasser, Asia Times
Overtly, the Israeli superpower of the Middle East has been keen to posture as having no role whatsoever in the four-year old devastating conflict in Syria, where all major regional and international powers are politically and militarily deeply involved and settling scores by Syrian blood.
In his geopolitical weekly analysis, entitled “The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East”, on November 25 Stratfor’s George Friedman raised eyebrows when he reviewed the effects which the terrorist group had on all regional powers, but seemed unaware of the existence of the Israeli regional superpower.
It was an instructive omission that says a lot about the no more discreet role Israel is playing to maintain what the Israeli commentator Amos Harel described as the “stable instability” in Syria and the region, from the Israeli perspective of course. Continue reading Usurping Jewish Entity lends Jabhat al-Nusra a hand in Syria
by Jonathan Azaziah (Mouqawamah Music EXCLUSIVE)
“Worse than one of Jewish Hollywood’s B movies,” I muttered to myself as the events in Sydney unfolded earlier this week, “all that’s missing is a damn Jewish or ‘Israeli’ hero and/or victim story eclipsing the horror of every Gentile in the crowd and we’d be set!” I animatedly but nevertheless quite seriously concluded as I turned off my computer for a moment to take a break from the horrifically monotonous hasbara. Little did I know that my miniature, infuriated cathartic rant would actually turn out to be rather prognosticative. Continue reading “Hanukkah Miracle” Down Under: The Dirty Zionist Hands Behind The Sydney Siege
Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to “Paris Match” Magazine, following is the full text of the interview:
Question 1: Mr. President, three years into this war, and considering how things have turned out, do you regret that you haven’t managed things differently at the beginning, with the appearance of the first signs of the revolution in March 2011? Do you feel that you are responsible for what happened?
President Assad: Even in the first days of the events, there were martyrs from the army and the police; so, since the first days of this crisis we have been facing terrorism. It is true that there were demonstrations, but they were not large in number. In such a case, there is no choice but to defend your people against terrorists. There’s no other choice. We cannot say that we regret fighting terrorism since the early days of this crisis. However, this doesn’t mean that there weren’t mistakes made in practice. There are always mistakes. Let’s be honest: had Qatar not paid money to those terrorists at that time, and had Turkey not supported them logistically, and had not the West supported them politically, things would have been different. If we in Syria had problems and mistakes before the crisis, which is normal, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the events had internal causes. Continue reading Full Paris Match Interview With President Assad: Syria won’t be Western puppet state