Syrian Opposition Demands That Foreign Troops Leave the Country

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DAMASCUS, Syria – All foreign forces must leave Syria after the conflict is resolved, a member of the delegation of the Syrian Negotiation Commission, Hadi Bahra, said.

“I believe that Syria must finally free itself from the presence of foreign troops. I believe that this will only be possible once we reach a just political solution to the conflict in Syria and comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2254,” said Al Bahra.

Since March 2011, the Arab country has been experiencing an armed conflict in which government troops are confronted by terrorist organizations.

The US, leading the international anti-terror coalition, has been launching illegal air strikes against Syria since 2014 without the consent of the Damascus authorities or with the approval from the United Nations.

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On the other hand, Russia has been conducting an air offensive since September 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad to prevent the advance of terrorists, complying with international law.

On December 6, 2017, the Russian General Staff announced the complete liberation of all territories formerly controlled by Daesh [ISIS] terrorists. However, some jihadist cells still carry out attacks in some parts of the country.

Al Bahra never specified specifically which foreigners must leave, but his request will likely be unanswered as the US is struggling to prolong the suffering of Syrian people in the country by continually conducting air strikes against civilians and supporting jihadist groups like the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra.

Although the US has invested billions of dollars to topple the Syrian government since 2011, it has utterly failed.

On the flip side, Russia is operating within international law in Syria and is fully supported by the recognized government in Damascus. It is unlikely that Russia will militarily withdraw from Syria until a final victory over US-backed terrorists is secured. Despite arriving a full year after the US in Syria, Russia has helped the Syrian government take back vast amounts of territory from terrorist organizations.

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