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Pentagon ‘Warns’ Al-Assad against Attacking Kurdish-Led Forces
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The Pentagon on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to carry out an offensive against Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States that control the country's north-east.
"Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking US Forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy," Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the joint staff, said during a press conference.
McKenzie's remarks came in response to al-Assad's latest comments in which he said Syria would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country held by the Syrian Democratic Forces.
"The only problem left in Syria is the SDF," he told the channel, adding he saw "two options."
"The first one: we started now opening doors for negotiations. Because the majority of them are Syrians, supposedly they like their country, they don't like to be puppets to any foreigners," al-Assad said.
"We have one option, to live with each other as Syrians. If not, we're going to resort... to liberating those areas by force."
In the same respect, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White later claimed that the US did not want to get involved in Syria's war, and would offer protection only in areas where the SDF are fighting Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL' group].
The SDF, dominated by the militia of a self-proclaimed Kurdish autonomous administration, has air support from the US-led coalition and ground backing from US and French Special Forces.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team