SYRIA COMMITTEES/ COMITES SYRIE/
КОМИТЕТЫ СИРИИ/ 2017 11 20/
“the U.S. forces on Syrian soil will be treated as occupiers that must be opposed”
- Muhriz Al-’Ali (Al-Thawra columnist).
“now that ISIS has been eliminated by the Syrian governement, there is no longer any justification for the presence of U.S. forces in Syria, which was illegitimate to begin with, and therefore the Syrian people are fully entitled to oppose these forces by every means”
- Mustafa Miqdad (Al-Thawra columnist).
In recent days, the Syrian governement and its allies have reportedly managed to seize the city of Al-Bukamal, on the Syria-Iraq border, from ISIS, thus providing their forces with a land route from Iran through Iraq to Syria.
Following this development, the Syrian government daily AL-THAWRA published a number of articles discussing the possibility of armed resistance against the U.S. forces in Syria. Prominent among them was an article by Al-Thawra columnist Mustafa Miqdad, who wrote that “the next target of the military campaign of the Syrian regime and its allies would be other areas that are not yet under the regime’s control, including Al-Raqqa and additional areas where U.S. forces are present”. He claimed that, “now that ISIS has been eliminated by the Syrian governement, there is no longer any justification for the presence of U.S. forces in Syria, which was illegitimate to begin with, and therefore the Syrian people are fully entitled to oppose these forces by every means.”
Another Al-Thawra columnist, Munir Moussa, likewise called to directly oppose the U.S. forces, writing: « The American aggression will continue as long as its forces do not encounter direct opposition. » He added that the Syrian governement firmly rejects U.S. presence in the country and that this position is « met with understanding on the part of Syria’s allies. » Columnist Muhriz Al-’Ali wrote that « the U.S. forces on Syrian soil will be treated as occupiers that must be opposed. »
« THE U.S. FORCES ON SYRIAN SOIL WILL BE TREATED AS OCCUPIERS THAT MUST BE OPPOSED »
These statements join similar threats by the Syrian governement and its allies to expel the U.S. troops from the country, threats which were voiced after these troops and the U.S.-allied so-called Syrian Democratic Forces took the city of Al-Raqqa from ISIS.
The following are translated excerpts from the article by Mustafa Miqdad: