Syrian President Bashar Assad explained the West’s “hysteria” over the situation in Idlib province.
According to the leader, quoted by the agency SANA, the result of the fight for the province, which is now controlled by several radical terrorist groups, is of vital importance to Western countries.
Assad believes that the victory of Syrian government forces in this struggle will spoil the West’s plans for Syria.
The president also commented on the agreement between Russia and Turkey on the creation of a demilitarized zone in the province. Assad stressed that the agreement to prevent the shedding of blood is a temporary measure.
“This province, like the others that remain under the control of the terrorists, will again be controlled by the government,” he said, quoted by SANA.
Situation in Idlib
In mid-September, Russian and Turkish presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to create a demilitarized zone in Idlib, allowing a military offensive in the province to be avoided.
In Idlib remain militants of the armed opposition and terrorists of several radical groups that regularly attack the Syrian army.
Western countries are demonstrating against a military operation in the province, ignoring the fact that Idlib is the last bastion of terrorists in the Arab country, a fact to which Russia and other countries have drawn attention.
Meanwhile, SANA also reported that the US-led international coalition evacuated terrorists from the eastern desert province of Deir ez-Zor.
“On Saturday, US-led coalition helicopters landed near the town of Al-Shafeh in southeastern Deir ez-Zor province, where terrorists are positioned, and removed several ISIS fighters of different nationalities,” the agency said.
On September 22, SANA reported that international coalition helicopters evacuated the leaders of ISIS from south-eastern Deir ez-Zor and flew in an unknown direction.
The US and its allies have been conducting air strikes in Iraq and Syria against ISIS since 2014. The operations in Syria are carried out without the authorization of the government of the country. Russia started the anti-terrorist mission in Syria in September 2015 to support the government of its ally President Bashar Assad and helped the Syrian government take back much of the territory under jihadist command.