The coalition of countries fighting Isis is not “serious” about destroying Islamic State, Syrian president Bashar Al Assad has said.
In an interview with Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazet Mr Assad said Britain, France and the US “don’t want to get rid of Isis completely”.
Isis, an Islamist militant group, makes up a significant part of opposition forces fighting the Syrian regime, which the West also views unfavourably.
“The Syrian Air Force, which is very small in comparison to this coalition, conducts in a single day many times the number of the airstrikes conducted by a coalition which includes 60 countries,” Mr Assad said, according to a translation by the Kremlin-owned Russia Today.
“This doesn’t make sense. This shows the lack of seriousness; they don’t want to get rid of ISIS completely.
“There is no serious effort to fight terrorism, and what is being achieved by the Syrian forces on the ground equals in one day what is being achieved by these states in weeks.
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SOURCE: The Independent, Jon Stone