U.S. Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf. File photo
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Washington, U.S. – On Wednesday, Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, Marie Harf, said that the American Administration has precluded the possibility of coordinating with the Syrian regime regarding the expected military operations against strongholds of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Syria.
Echoing President Barack Obama’s words, Harf said that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost all legitimacy.
Harf’s statement undermined the news about a possible coordination between Obama Administration and the regime of Assad in the war against ISIS extremists.
Harf went on the say that the U.S. will be increasing its support to build up the moderate opposition in Syria “who are not just fighting ISIS, but are also fighting against the regime”.
Harf, although guarding her words carefully, left little doubt that once the Islamic State has been subdued, the U.S. will turn its attentions towards Assad.
Meanwhile, the President of the Syrian National Coalition (the largest western-backed body in Syria), Hadi al-Bahra, stressed the SNC’s support to any U.S. led operations against the headquarters of ISIS extremists in Syria, pointing out in a statement on Tuesday that the United States needs to increase support to the Syrian opposition fighters on the ground “as a success factor for the anti-IS operations”.
“We are willing to cooperate with the U.S. in this regard by providing key information about the IS headquarters and its military plans,” al-Bahra said.
Reporting by: Guy Swan
Source: ARA News