Bashar al-Assad

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The second goal is to give the militants who want reconciliation with the state a chance ... to settle their cases, hand over their weapons in return for amnesty.feedback
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May 11 2017 Syria conflict
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Bashar al-Assad is associated, including Aleppo and Syria. Most recently, Bashar al-Assad has been quoted saying: “It is the duty of these armed groups to force the Nusra Front (al-Qaida branch) and others to leave their areas in order for this area to become an area of de-escalation.” in the article No international force for Syria safe zones.
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If we do not win this war, it means that Syria will be deleted from the map. We have no choice in facing this war, and that's why we are confident, we are persistent and we are determined. That is why we cannot, practically, reach any actual result with this part of the opposition (in talks). The evidence is that during the Astana negotiations they started their attack on the cities of Damascus and Hama and other parts of Syria, repeating the cycle of terrorism and the killing of innocents.feedback

Even if they are not a regular Israeli army, they are still fighting for Israel. And Israel shares the objectives with Turkey, the United States, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other states. They all share the same objective. It is a war that has taken a new form and uses new instruments. Practically, our victory over the terrorists is a victory over all those states put together.feedback

We have no choice in facing this war, and that's why we are confident, we are persistent and we are determined.feedback

Never. After six years, the most difficult time has passed, which was in 2012-13. Those times we never thought about (leaving), how could I think about it now?feedback

It was good, but it's going to be on the rise because when a country like China proves that it's a real friend, a friend that you can rely on, it's very natural to have better relation on the popular level, not only on the formal level.feedback

In that veto, China has defended first of all the charter, because the United Nations was created in order to restore stability around the world. Of course, Syria was the headline, the main headline. This is good for Syria, but, again, it's good for the rest of the world. China can be in every sector with no exception, because we have damage in every sector.feedback

Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation ... are invaders. We don't think this is going to help.feedback

It's against the terrorists that would infiltrate some of the immigrants to the West. And that happened. It happened in Europe, mainly in Germany.feedback

All these factors would lead to trust, where you can send your troops. That's what happened with the Russians; they didn't only send their troops.feedback

We agree about this priority. That's our position in Syria, the priority is to fight terrorism. If you want to start genuinely, as United States ... it must be through the Syrian government. We are here, we are the Syrians, we own this country as Syrians, nobody else, nobody would understand it like us. We invited the Russians, and the Russians were genuine regarding this issue. If the Americans are genuine, of course they are welcome, like any other country that wants to defeat and to fight with the terrorists. Of course, with no hesitation we can say that.feedback

There was no operation against ISIS. It was a cosmetic operation, if you want to talk about the American alliance against ISIS. It was only an elusive alliance, because ISIS was expanding during that operation. At the same time, that operation is an illegal operation because it happened without consulting with or taking the permission of the Syrian government.feedback

It's not dead, and it's natural in every cease-fire anywhere in the world, in every war, in any conflict, to have these breaches.feedback

We have no expectations from the Astana talks, but we have hopes that it becomes a forum for talks between all Syrian parties.feedback

I have not heard in the history of a good war, every war is bad. But the question is how can you liberate the civilians in those areas from the terrorists? Is it better to leave them under their supervision, under their oppression under their fate defined by those terrorists by beheading, by killing by everything, but not having a state?feedback

Yeah, but my position is related to the constitution. And the constitution is very clear about the mechanism in which you can bring a president or get rid of a president. So if they want to discuss this point, they have to discuss the constitution, and the constitution is not owned by the government or the president or by the opposition; it should be owned by the Syrian people, so you need a referendum for every constitution.feedback

There is a price, sometimes, but at the end the people are liberated from the terrorists.feedback

My position is related to the constitution.feedback

The terrorists occupy the main water source for Damascus, denying more than 5 million civilians water for more than three weeks. The Syrian army's role is to liberate that area. But the question is related to when, and our priorities. This is a military matter linked to military planning and priorities.feedback

We are ready to negotiate about everything. Yes but my position is linked to the constitution. If they want to discuss this point they must discuss the constitution. Who will be there from the other side? We do not yet know. Will it be a real Syrian opposition?feedback

My view is that this is not a partisan issue.feedback

After liberating Aleppo we can say not only the Syrian situation, but also the regional and international situation is different. Here time became history. Aleppo converted time into history.feedback

What is happening today is the writing of a history written by every Syrian citizen. The writing did not start today, it started six years ago when the crisis and war started against Syria.feedback

Hostilities end only in the areas where terrorists say they are ready to surrender or leave.feedback

That is why we hear wailing and screaming and pleas for truces as the only political discourse now.feedback

Liberating Aleppo from the terrorists deals a blow to the whole foundation of this project. To be realistic, it doesn't mean the end of the war.feedback

Even if we finish in Aleppo, we will carry on with the war against them.feedback

To be realistic, it doesn't mean the end of the war.feedback

The decision to liberate all of Syria is taken and Aleppo is part of it.feedback

We have to be realistic. The person who kills almost 600,000 shouldn't rule any country.feedback

That's our mission, according to the constitution, according to the law, that we have to protect people, that we have to get rid of those terrorists from Aleppo. This is where we can protect the civilians.feedback

Everyone who stayed in Aleppo, which was under threat of siege for a long time, has prepared for steadfastness.feedback

I do not rule out that the revolutionaries will be able to break the siege soon.feedback

You have to keep cleaning this area and to push the terrorists to Turkey, to go back to where they come from or to kill them. There's no other option.feedback

Practically, yes, but in reality, no, because the United States doesn't have the will to work against al-Nusra or even ISIS, because they believe that this is a card they can use for their own agenda. If they attack al-Nusra or ISIS, they will lose a very important card regarding the situation in Syria. So, I don't believe the United States will be ready to join Russia in fighting terrorists in Syria.feedback

When we come to this area we give a message that the Syrian state is determined to recover every area from terrorists.feedback

By visiting this area [Daraya] we also deliver the message that the Syrian state is determined to recover every single area from those terrorists. We are determined to restore peace and security. We are committed to the reconstruction of infrastructures to rebuild all that has been destroyed at material and human levels.feedback

He carried out air strikes on bakers, on civilians, merchants, bakers, food stalls. God help us. May God take his revenge upon them. God help us, look at all the body parts on the floor. God help us.feedback

This war is not only about terrorism. It is true that terrorism managed to destroy much of the infrastructure and it managed to shed lots of blood, but it failed to realize the main goal, which is to strike at the main infrastructure in Syria, the social infrastructure and the national identity.feedback

The transition period must be under the current constitution, and we will move on to the new constitution after the Syrian people vote for it.feedback

The terrorists have breached the deal from the first day. We as the Syrian army are refraining from responding in order to give a chance to sustain the agreement. But in the end there are limits and it all depends on the other side.feedback

If you want to say 'cease-fire,' it's not the correct word, because a cease-fire is between two armies or two countries.feedback

We're going to deal with them like we deal with the terrorists. We're going to defend our country. This is aggression.feedback

They (Turkey and Saudi Arabia) are merely following orders. Their present role is to blow their own trumpets in order to try and blackmail us if we go to another round of talks and are threatening us with a ground invasion if we don't offer concessions. If they were allowed to do this, they would have done so a long time ago, at least a few months ago.feedback

Until now, we hear about them requesting a ceasefire within a week. Ok, then who is capable of bringing together all these conditions within a week? No one. Who will speak to the terrorists if a terrorist organisation refuses to adhere to the ceasefire, who will make them accountable.feedback

First, you need officials in Europe to have the will to fight terrorism. This is something we don't find until this moment.feedback

Soon we will see that all Arab, neighbouring and Western countries who have supported terrorism will pay a heavy price.feedback

The first factor needed to guarantee the success of the Geneva Convention is to stop any kind of terrorist activity in Syria or the entry of terrorists from abroad into the county, and stop providing weapons or financial support to terrorists. If we fail on this point, the whole political processes will turn into a worthless illusion.feedback

It needs a lot of money, it needs about one billion (US Dollars). It's very detrimental to the environment. If the American administration is ready to pay the money, and to take responsibility of bringing toxic materials to the United States, why don't they do it?feedback

Nobody can tell what the repercussion of the first strike will be – you are not talking about one region, a big region, not only about Syria. It's an interlinked region, it's intermingled, interlocked, whatever you want to call it. If you strike somewhere you have to expect the repercussions somewhere else in different forms.feedback

I don't agree with a military strike against Syria, even if the regime is guilty. We are looking for a peaceful solution, more people will be killed if they conduct a military strike, it's enough, people are homeless.feedback

Terrorism and politics are polar opposites. Politics and progress can't function while there is terrorism. Terrorism must be attacked so that the political system can work correctly.feedback

There are now a very large number of Hezbollah fighters in Syria, in Qusair, in Idlib, in Aleppo, in Damascus and I can say everywhere in the country. . Hezbollah fighters are invading Syrian territory. And when they continue to do that and the Lebanese authorities don't take any action to stop them coming to Syria, I think we are allowed to fight Hezbollah fighters inside [Lebanese] territory.feedback

Any implementation of any meeting, including Geneva, should be subject a referendum of the Syrian people. This is our only condition – anything else is useless. That is why we are relaxed and would attend.feedback

Here to Stay', Syrian President Assad's defiant.feedback

How can we expect to ask Britain to play a role, while it's determined to militarise the problem. I think they are working against us and against the interest of the UK itself. This government is acting in a naive, confused and unrealistic manner.feedback

The people of Iran rejoice today, for the release of her children and their safe return home.feedback

The relationship between the opposition and the Syrian regime must be internal, but if an internal part is managed by the outside there is a relationship between inside and outside, between the country's liberation and it's independence. It has now become a matter of international politics, with outside forces becoming involved.feedback

The problem is not between me and the people; I do not have a problem with the people because the United States is against me and the West is against me and many Arab countries, including Turkey – which is not Arab of course – are against me. If the Syrian people are against me, how can I be here?!feedback

I'm no puppet. I wasn't made by the West to go to the West or any other country. I'm Syrian, I'm made in Syria and I have to live and die in Syria.feedback

Sometimes we had information concerning defections and we would discuss it. Some would suggest we stop them. But we said no, stopping them isn't the right thing to do, letting them leave is the right thing to do … let's facilitate their exit. Any Syrian who leaves is no longer welcome.feedback

A president shouldn't run away from challenge, and we have a national challenge now, in Syria. A president shouldn't escape this situation.feedback

We need the international community to help us with weapons and we can easily remove Assad. Then we could liberate Syria quickly and in a short time.feedback

They have recognised the Syrian National Council as a legitimate representative of Syrian people and that means the Syrian regime is no longer a legitimate representative for these countries.feedback

That is not surprising when you see the appalling brutality that has been meeted out by elements of the armed forces in Syria against ordinary civilians and people who are protesting. I think it is appalling what has happened.feedback

There is no order at any level to shoot at any civilian. Our priority is to regain security, which our country has enjoyed for decades. This can only be achieved by hitting the terrorists with an iron hand.feedback

No there is a difference between having a policy to crackdown and between having some mistakes committed by some officials. There's a big difference.feedback

Who said that the United Nations is a credible institution?feedback

When our country is facing military threats, when it is a threat to our security, the talk of a balanced use of force become senseless. It does not matter in this case who is strong and who is weak.feedback

If that happens, as Syrian opposition we will wear military outposts and fight with the Syrian army against them.feedback

We cannot accept chaos and mob rule. We will not be lenient towards sabotage.feedback

The people behind this conspiracy are mixing three elements, namely sedition, reform and the daily needs of the people.feedback

We are going to speak with the Iranian leaders. As far as we know, there is no nuclear military programme. We are against all weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.feedback

It is the handing over of this sovereignty to other parties that is a hostile move against Syria which will naturally create problems between us.feedback

The commission must rectify these mistakes, and write an objective report that will tell the truth about Hariri's murder and clear Syria of blame.feedback

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