Syrian president says terror supporters can't fight terrorism

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Published Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Extremists cannot be defeated by countries that have "spread terrorism," Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said Tuesday in an apparent jab at members of the US-led anti-jihadist coalition.

Speaking during a meeting with a senior Iranian official in Damascus, the Syrian leader took aim at countries he said backed "terrorists," in reference to the so-called Syrian rebels that the US and it's allies support.

"Fighting terrorism can never be done by those countries that helped create terrorist groups, giving them logistical and financial help and spreading terrorism around the world," state news agency SANA quoted Assad as saying.

He made the remarks during a meeting with Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, who arrived in Syria earlier Tuesday.

The comments appeared to target the United States and other members of the coalition now carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group on Syria and Iraq.

Damascus has long accused Washington and Arab nations that back the Syrian "uprising" of supporting terrorist groups including ISIS.

SANA said Assad and Shamkhani warned that the United States was approaching the issue of defeating extremists with "covert agendas that do not serve the people of the region."

(Al-Akhbar, AFP)


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