Syria’s President Bashar Assad said that the conflict in Syria is not a civil war, but proxy terrorism by Syrians and foreign fighters. He also accused the Turkish PM of eying Syria with imperial ambitions. Assad made the comments in an interview with RT news agency.
In the RT interview, Assad insisted that what is happening in Syria is not a civil war, but rather a fight again foreign-supported terrorists.
“My enemy is terrorism and instability in Syria. This is our enemy in Syria,” Assad said. “It is not about the people, it is not about persons. The whole issue is not about me staying or leaving. It is about the country being safe or not. So, this is the enemy we have been fighting as Syria.”
“The West creates enemies; in the past it was the communism then it became Islam, and then it became Saddam Hussein for a different reason. Now, they want to create a new enemy represented by Bashar,” Assad said in the interview, adding,”That’s why they say that the problem is the president so he has to leave. That is why we have to focus of the real problem, not to waste our time listening to what they say.”
Assad insisted that he has the support of Syrians. “We do not have a civil war,” he said. “It is about terrorism and the support coming from abroad to terrorists to destabilize Syria. This is our war.”