Thursday 14 December 2017

Remember September 11: Assad warning to America

Syrian President Bashar Assad
Syrian President Bashar Assad

London Daily Telegraph

The United States should "expect everything" if it carries out air strikes against Syria, President Bashar al-Assad (pictured) warned yesterday , as he delivered a thinly veiled threat to the US Congress to think carefully before authorising military action.

In an interview with a US television network Assad told viewers: "You should expect everything."

Asked if he was making a threat of a direct military response, Assad was vague but menacing. "I am not fortune teller to tell you what's going to happen," he said.

Pressed on whether reprisals could include chemical weapons, Assad responded with another implicit threat and stuck to his contention – denied by the US – that it was Syrian rebels who had used chemical weapons. "That depends if the rebels or the terrorists in this region or any other group have it. It could happen. I don't know. Nobody expected the 11th of September," he said, warning of the unintended consequences of strikes in a region where al-Qa'ida is gaining ground.

"The government's not the only player in this region. You have different parties, different factions, different ideologies. You have everything in this decision now." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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