US-led military strikes will fail to stop Syria’s terror fight: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the recent US-led military strikes against Syria will not succeed in stopping the country’s war on terrorism.

In a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister’s Special Assistant for Political Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari in Damascus on Monday, he emphasized that Syria’s battle against terrorism would continue until control is recovered all over the Arab country’s territory.

He added that the United States, Britain, France and their pawns in the region have been supporting terrorists since the start of the terror fight in Syria.

On April 14, the US, France and Britain carried out missile attacks on a number of targets in Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma, near Damascus, that reportedly took place on April 7. Syria has rejected any role in the alleged attack, which is yet to be investigated.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian army shot down 71 out of the 103 missiles fired during the attack, using Russian-made air defense systems, including S-125, S-200, as well as the Buk and Kvadrat units.

The alleged chemical weapons attack reportedly killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 1,000 others in the town, located in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

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