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“Al-Sadr issues statement on the American raids against Syria, calls on Al-Assad to resign”

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On April 8, the Sumariya News website carried the following report: “The leader of the Sadrist movement, Sayed Muqtada al-Sadr issued a statement on Saturday regarding the American raids on Syria where he called on America and Russia to stop harming Syria and on President Bashar al-Assad to resign. Sumariya News received a copy of Al-Sadr’s statement where he said: “The American president must not go too far through his statements, positions and thoughtless decisions. This will not only harm America but also the entire international community. He must not shove himself into a new holocaust, the price of which might be paid by everybody. Syria might constitute a new Vietnam for them.”

“He added: “He cannot have double standards. He is bombarding the unarmed civilians in Mosul but at the same time condemning the chemical attacks against the civilians [in Syria]. Are the internal and external hands working against Syria not enough and does the country need America’s negative role too knowing that the only affected party consists of the Syrian people?” Al-Sadr went on to say: “I believe it is likely that Trump’s decision to raid Syria now constitutes a permission for ISIL to expand into other regions. America often sponsors terrorism and we have been used to this on many instances.”

“He then said: “If America wishes to support peace, then it must support the dialogue and the people in all areas including Palestine or Burma or Bahrain or others. It cannot be biased for one side but not the others.” Al-Sadr added: “Let it be known to everyone that America’s military intervention will be useless. Indeed, America has announced it is raiding ISIL in Iraq; however, terrorism is still prevailing over our holy lands and the [American] intervention was utterly useless.” He went on to say: “I believe that these decisions will lead the region into a conflict especially with the presence of other flags claiming to be working for liberating or rescuing the wounded Syria, which has become a place for the hideous political conflicts.”

“Al-Sadr called on everyone “to pull out from Syria and to let the people make the decisions since the people are the only ones who have the right to self-determination…” Al-Sadr asked America to “stop its harm. The same goes for Russia and the rest of the groups.” He indicated that “I believe it is fair for President Bashar al-Assad to tender his resignation and step down for the interest of the beloved Syria and in order to spare the country from the scourges of wars and the control of the terrorists. Thus, the authority will be given to popular sides who can stand against terrorism to rescue the Syrian lands at the soonest possible time. This will constitute a historical, heroic position before it becomes too late…””

Written by nickbiddlenoe

April 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm

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