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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Assad-Invited Foreign Forces Not Leaving Syria
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
After meeting with Assad last week in Sochi, Putin was quoted saying "(w)e affirm that with the achievement of the big victories and the remarkable successes by the Syrian Arab army in the fight against terrorism and with the activation of the political process, it is necessary for all foreign forces to withdraw from the Syrian Arab Republic territories."
It was unclear if he meant illegal US and Turkish invaders. Hezbollah fighters and Iranian military advisors, along with Russian military personnel, are in Syria at the behest of Damascus – combatting US-supported ISIS and other terrorists.
They operate legally. Conflict continues raging, resolution nowhere in sight – despite important gains by Syrian forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower.
Putin's envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev clarified his comment, saying he m
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