DAMASCUS (Dispatches) – The United States forces in Syria had better leave Syrian territory on their own, otherwise, they would be treated as "occupying forces”, a senior Syrian official says.
In an interview with Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen television channel, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad said the presence of any foreign forces in Syria would be unacceptable.
Any party seeking to fight terrorism has to coordinate with the Syrian army, Mekdad said, adding that the American forces had destroyed infrastructure in Syria and their activities "worked to serve terrorism.”
An armed conflict broke out in Syria in 2011 and soon transformed into a foreign-backed terrorism by a hodgepodge of terrorist groups, including Daesh. Since September 2014, the U.S. has been leading a coalition of its allies in an aerial bombardment campaign against what it says are Daesh positions in Syria.
The U.S.-led coalition has not obtained permission to operate within Syrian borders, has not been in coordination with the Syrian government or military, and has failed to achieve its declared goal of degrading and destroying Daesh.
The development comes as Syrian army soldiers, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, managed to regain full control over a power station in Dayr al-Zawr as they push to drive the Daesh terrorists out of the strategic eastern city.
Syrian government forces and their allies recaptured the facility, which lies west of Dayr al-Zawr air base, following intense clashes with Daesh terrorists, pro-government and Arabic-language al-Masdar news agency reported.
Moreover, Syrian soldiers managed to wrest control over the highway linking Dayr al-Zawr to the city of Sukhnah, and advanced on the Brigade 137 base as well as al-Panorama district. Scores of Daesh terrorists were killed and injured during the operations and their military hardware destroyed.
Syrian army units also tightened the noose around scores of Daesh terrorists on the outskirts of al-Taim oil field, killing and injuring many of them.