Assad Wants the U.S. to Enter Agreement over Air Strikes in Syria
Published By : 27 Jan 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has stated that the air strikes led by the U.S. Against the Islamic State in Syria should be undertaken adhere to an agreement with the Syrian and Damascus troops involved in strikes through ground control.
Assad stated this in an interview with the Foreign Affairs Magazine of the U.S. on Monday.
In an answer to a question whether Assad and his governance will be positive towards making cooperation easier with Washington, Assad stated that they are ready to cooperate with any country that seriously wants to fight terrorism.
Washington has been supporting opposition forces in their battle against the dictatorial rule of Assad, but its situation has become complicated since the Islamic State and other extremist groups have emerged as strong oppositions to Washington's actions.
Since the last summer when the IS seized a major part of Iraq and Syria, the U.S. has led several airstrikes against the IS. Still, U.S. has rejected the idea of allying up with the Syrian government in fighting their now common enemy.
When questioned about what action he expects from the U.S. Assad said that he expects Washington to pressure Turkey and stop it from providing money and weapons to North Syria, and to enter into a legal cooperation with Syria that will ensure that the U.S. will seek permission from the Syrian government before undertaking any such attacks in future.
The overall power of Islamic extremist such as the Islamic State and al Qaeda subsidiary Nusra Front has made is difficult for the U.S. in finding a suitable support from ground.
Thus, it is planning to train members from the Syrian opposition and equip them to fight against the IS as a part of its strategy of rolling back the group's control over major regions of Syria.
According to the UN, nearly 200,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war, a war that started with protests for a democratic government which were repressed violently.