Assad Warns West “Will Pay a Heavy Price For Backing al-Qaeda in Syria”

Assad says West will “pay a heavy price later in the heart of Europe and the United States” for backing al-Qaeda in Syria

Assad is a scoundrel, but he is right about this. “Assad says West will pay for backing al Qaeda in Syria,” by Mariam Karouny and Dominic Evans for Reuters, April 17:

President Bashar Assad accused the West on Wednesday of supporting al Qaeda militants in Syria’s civil war and warned they would turn against their backers and strike “in the heart of Europe and the United States.”

Assad also launched his strongest criticism yet of neighboring Jordan for allowing thousands of fighters to cross the border to join a conflict he insisted his forces would win and save Syria from destruction.

“We have no choice but victory. If we don’t win, Syria will be finished and I don’t think this is a choice for any citizen in Syria,” the defiant president said in a television interview.

Assad’s forces have been fighting back across the country against rebels who have taken control of much of rural Syria and seized a provincial capital in March for the first time in two years of fighting.

The conflict started with mainly peaceful demonstrations but descended into a civil war in which the United Nations says at least 70,000 people have been killed. Islamist militants have emerged as the most potent of the anti-Assad rebels.

Drawing parallels with Western support for anti-Soviet fighters in Afghanistan in the 1980s, some of whom later formed the al Qaeda organization which attacked the United States in September 2011, Assad said Washington and Europe would regret supporting rebels in Syria.

“The West paid heavily for funding al Qaeda in its early stages in Afghanistan. Today it is supporting it in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price later in the heart of Europe and the United States,” he told al-Ikhbariya channel.

“The truth is, what is happening is that we are mainly facing extremist forces,” Assad added.

He was speaking a week after Syria’s rebel al-Nusra Front, one of the most effective rebel forces battling his troops, formally pledged allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri….

7 thoughts on “Assad Warns West “Will Pay a Heavy Price For Backing al-Qaeda in Syria””

  1. I wonder if all those Obama-worshippers in the US agree with backing the enemy of the US in Syria? The killers of their own people? Is this ethical question simply too hard for them?

  2. Assad is only saying what was obvious months ago. O’s target is Israel and he is CIA from way back; father,mother,stepfather,grandmother&grandfather Dunham in case you were wondering how he became President.

  3. I don’t like any of the ar**holes in the ME but at least Asshat has kept all the turds in line. Seeing what’s on offer it’s a case of damned if you do damned if you don’t.

    Personally i’d back Assad any day of the week over them bloodthirsty inbred mujahadeen filth trying to take over. I’d make the West pay too if I were in his position!

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