Assad’s Adviser: Syria Determined to Force US, Turkish ‘Occupation Forces’ Out

Middle East

Bouthaina Shaaban voiced the nation’s staunch position on the US and Turkish “occupation” during an event dedicated to the Anniversary of Land Day, when Arabs commemorate six Palestinian protesters who were shot and killed by the IDF in 1976.

Bouthaina Shaaban, a political and media advisor to Syrian President Bashar Assad, stated “We are determined to liberate all of Syria’s territory from terrorists and Turkish and US occupation forces,” the Syrian news agency Sana reported.

Shaaban Wants US Out, Trump Doesn’t Mind

Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump has announced on Thursday that the US would be withdrawing forces from Syria “very soon” and vowed to “let the other people take care of it” instead.

Trump: US to Leave Syria ‘Very Soon’ to Let Others Take Care of It

The US-led coalition launched its campaign of airstrikes against Daesh* in 2014, following it up with the deployment of US forces into Syria’s northeastern regions as the terrorists’ so-called caliphate started to lose ground. The US has backed the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for several years. There are around 2,000 troops in Syria now, the Pentagon has said. Damascus has repeatedly criticized the US military intervention, pointing out that US forces were never invited into the country by the internationally recognized government of President Bashar Assad.

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