DAMASCUS (Dispatches) – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad says the U.S. needs terrorists in the region, and has levied its recent draconian sanctions against Syria as a means of throwing support behind them.
"The U.S. needs terrorists in the region, on top of them Daesh,” he said in an address at the People’s Palace in the capital Damascus, according to the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
Assad noted Washington lent force to "the Caesar Act, [because] it wanted to express its support to the terrorists”, referring to the most recent bout of the U.S. sanctions on Syria.
The much-condemned Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act came into effect on June 17, six months after it was signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump, targeting individuals and businesses anywhere in the world that operate either directly or indirectly within the sphere of Syria’s economy.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the bans "the beginning of what will be a sustained campaign of economic and political pressure to deny” the Syrian government "revenue”.
Assad said the war will not prevent the country from assuming its duties, and attributed all of the country’s gains against the foreign-backed mercenaries so far to supporting the country’s army, SANA reported.
Daesh, the most violent of the type ever known to the world, invaded the country and neighboring Iraq in 2014. The group that was defeated by Damascus and its allies three years later, has been found in receipt of U.S. support across many reports and by many regional officials.
The Syrian president also pointed to the Zionist regime’s support for terrorists and the regime’s strikes against Syrian military positions in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr and the southwestern province of Suweida.
The Zionist regime repeatedly targets the Syrian Army and its allies’ strongholds in what Damascus condemns as an attempt at slowing the Arab country’s counter-terrorism advances.
The US and its allies invaded Syria after Daesh’s emergence under the pretext of uprooting the outfit. The coalition retains its presence in the Arab country, three years after Daesh’s defeat.