Syr­ian op­po­si­tion casts doubt on Trump threat to pull out troops

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Al-Aridi said: “(Barack) Obama said he needed 15 years to get rid of Daesh. Four months ago, from Hmeimim, (Vladimir) Putin de­clared that he de­feated Daesh. We don't know whether the ter­ror group has been de­feated. There are some spots where Daesh is be­ing mo­bi­lized and we con­sider it a com­pany ev­ery­body con­trib­utes to and uses as a pre­text.”

Daesh is “a gun for hire,” he said. “It was mainly used by the (Bashar) As­sad regime in or­der to jus­tify the mil­i­tary ac­tion against Syr­ian peo­ple.”

The rad­i­cal ter­ror group is be­ing used by these pow­ers and “the losers in all of this are the Syr­ian peo­ple,” Al-Aridi said.

He high­lighted the “cun­ning of Iran and its co­or­di­na­tion” and cited the ex­am­ple of buses that car­ried Daesh ter­ror­ists from western Syria to eastern Syria “un­der the pro­tec­tion of the As­sad regime and Tehran.”

The Daesh fac­tor is be­ing ma­nip­u­lated to serve their in­ter­ests, Al-Aridi said.

Two mem­bers of the US-led anti-ji­hadist coali­tion, an Amer­i­can and a Bri­ton, were killed by an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice in the north­ern Syr­ian city of Manbij, US and Bri­tish of­fi­cials said on Fri­day.

Five other coali­tion ser­vice per­son­nel were wounded, the Pen­tagon said.

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