Assad: America’s ‘Deep State’ – Not Trump – Blew Up Airbase in Syria, by John Hayward.
In his lengthy interview with AFP on Thursday, Syrian President Bashar Assad mused that the American “Deep State” was more responsible for pelting his Sharyat airbase with 59 cruise missiles than President Donald Trump.
When the interviewer proposed that the retaliatory missile strike marked a drastic change in Trump’s position on Syria, Assad insisted the U.S. and Syria could still be partners in fighting terrorism, once Trump wrested control of Washington away from the military-industrial complex. …
Asked if he anticipated another U.S. attack, Assad replied: “As long as the United States is being governed by this military-industrial complex, the financial companies, banks, and what you call deep regime, and works for the vested interest of those groups, of course. It could happen anytime, anywhere, not only in Syria.”
Assad lamented that his military could not retaliate against the American ships that fired cruise missiles at Syria but expressed hope the Russians might do it for him.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has described a poison gas attack blamed on his Government last week as “100 per cent fabrication” used to justify a US air strike.
Syria’s military had given up all its chemical weapons in 2013 after an agreement made at the time, and would not have used them anyway, Mr Assad was quoted as saying in an interview with news agency AFP. …
The United States and its allies say the Syrian military carried out the attack in Idlib province, something Syria has already denied.
“There was no order to make any chemical attack,” Mr Assad said. …
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to support an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) into the chemical weapons attack.
hat-tip Stephen Neil