By Middle East Affairs
President Assad in speaking to Russian media outlets said that war was narrowly avoided between the U.S. and Russia.
Russia Today showed an interview with the president saying, “We were close to have direct conflict between the Russian forces and the American forces.”
President Assad vowed to take back areas that US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) now control and spoke that it was time for the U.S. to learn its lesson from the Iraq war.
He also said the Syrian government had begun conversations for possible negotiations with the SDF, a Kurdish dominated militia alliance that controls parts of northern and eastern Syria where U.S. troops are currently stationed.
President Assad said, “This is the first option. If not, we’re going to resort to… liberating those areas by force,” he said, adding “the Americans should leave, somehow they’re going to leave.”
The Syrian president also fired back to President Trump’s calling him “Animal Assad,” with, “What you say is what you are” about Trump.