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Bouthaina Shaaban, Asssad’s adviser:
Once Syria & Russia succeed vs terrorists,
Turkey & S. Arabia are going crazy

Bouthaina Shaaban: “Main condition for success of political solution is eliminating terrorism”

(SANA, H.Said) ~ Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban reaffirmed that uprooting terrorism is the main condition for the success of the political solution in Syria and the region in general.

She told Russia Today TV channel in an interview Thursday night that the Syrian state has always sought a political solution and is at the same time determined to root out terrorism.

“Both issues complete each other and are not at all incompatible,” she said.

She added a Syrian-Syrian dialogue should be one where all issues are put on the table, mainly the humanitarian aid and a cessation of hostilities and not a ceasefire, as such a thing happens between two armies.

Shaaban reaffirmed that the Kurdish protection units are Syrian, and the war against terrorism is being fought by all the Syrian people alongside the Syrian army, the popular defense groups and the Russian Air Force.

It is Turkey who is trying to make an issue out of the Kurds’ involvement in fighting terrorism because it has a problem with that, she said.

“We, on the contrary, don’t have a problem with that at all. What counts is Syria’s territorial integrity and the unity of its people,” she added.

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“Want to Help Civilians? Help Syria Deal With Terrorism!” [Assad Advisor]

(SputnikNews) ~ The US, Europe, and Turkey have accused the Syrian government and Russia of causing civilian casualties during the operation to liberate the country. Bouthaina Shaaban, a political advisor to the Syrian President, suggests that if the West is truly concerned about the fate of civilians, it should unite with Damascus to put an end to terrorism.

Speaking to Russian foreign broadcaster RT Thursday evening, Shaaban recalled that while Moscow and Damascus have joined efforts to fight terrorism in Syria, the Western media and Turkey have taken up a campaign to accuse them, without offering any substantive evidence, of causing civilian casualties. In her opinion, instead of hostility and empty accusations, other countries must join Syria in the struggle against terror, since it is a phenomenon which poses a threat to the entire world.

On an accusation that Russia destroyed schools and a hospitals

Earlier this week, Western media picked up on an accusation levied by Turkish Prime Minister Mehmet Davutoglu that Russian air forces had destroyed a school and a hospital in the northwestern Syrian town of Azaz (which the Turkish military itself has been accused of shelling recently).

Commenting on the accusations, Shaaban recalled

“that there are so many unfounded claims that have been made in the Western media about what the Russians and the Syrian Army are doing; briefly I can say that what the Syrian Army, in cooperation with Russian aircraft are doing is fighting terrorism in Syria. And what we hope for is for other countries to join in, because this terrorism is a threat to the entire[ty of] humanity.”

​Focusing on Turkish allegations specifically, the official suggested that

“it is very clear that once the Syrian Army, in cooperation with the Russians, [began] achieving great success against terrorists, some countries in the region like Turkey and Saudi Arabia [started] going crazy, because they are the ones who [have been] supporting terrorism in Syria right from 2011 until [the present].”

Ultimately, Shaaban said that

“the best way to save innocent civilians is to put an end to this terrorism, and there are all the means available, if there is a real will to put an end to terrorism. There is the Security Council Resolution 2235, which should force countries to stop financing, arming, facilitating and sending mercenaries and terrorists into Syria.”

“Unfortunately, there is no international will to implement that resolution. We would wish that Russia, and America, and all countries in the world would join forces in fighting terrorism; this is the only way – instead of exchanging accusations which lead nowhere, and which have no effect on the ground; and it is the Syrian people, unfortunately, who are suffering the end result of this terrorism.”

Bouthaina Shaaban, Asssad’s adviser:
Defends Kurdish militias as Turkish shelling continues

As for the Turkish government’s accusations that Syrian Kurds [backed by the Assad government] were responsible for the wave of terror plaguing Ankara

As for the Turkish government’s accusations that Syrian Kurds, ‘backed by the Assad government’ were responsible for the wave of terror plaguing Ankara in recent days, Shaaban told the broadcaster that Turkey has repeatedly “accus[ed] the Kurds of things that they are not doing,” adding that she hoped

“that Western viewers would realize” that Turkey was responsible for starting the war on Syria, and for helping “to bring in so many terrorists from 83 countries from all over the world into Syria.”

“And now, at the moment when the Syrian Army is making real advances and liberating our cities and villages, Turkey is attacking our cities and villages directly, because these terrorists were the means for Turkey on the ground in Syria, and once Turkey saw that these terrorists are failing or are being defeated, Turkey jumped in to save them and to help them.”

Bouthaina Shaaban, Asssad’s adviser:
Urges ‘other countries’ to join fight against terrorism

Commenting on Turkey’s role in the refugee crisis

Commenting on Turkey’s role in the refugee crisis which has hit Europe, Shaaban emphasized that she sincerely hopes

“that the Western world will stop looking at Erdogan’s government as the means to help them, whether in fighting terrorism, or in stopping the refugee crisis. It is Turkey who started the refugee crisis four years ago. It is Turkey who put tanks on the borders well before any Syrian refugee was at any border. Turkey dismantled our factories, stole our heritage, had ambitions to recreate the Ottoman Empire in the Arab World, and Europe has no interest in following this example.”

“The refugee crisis, believe me – has been created, manipulated and used by Turkey against Europe and against Syrian, and the only way I can see…is for Europe and Syria to speak together, and believe me, the refugee crisis would be solved, and terrorism would be eradicated from Syria,” the official added.

As for Western officials’ repeated suggestions that Western-backed rebels are ‘moderate’ opposition, Shaaban answered bluntly:

“Anyone who carries arms against civilians, against the government, against institutions is a terrorist. Political opposition should be dealing with politics, should be an opposition against a government but by political means – without using arms, without killing people, without beheading people.”

“You remember the person who ate the heart of a Syrian soldier – [he] was from the Free Syrian Army, and the FSA is considered to be moderate by some Western countries – as ‘moderate opposition’. Can terrorism be ‘moderate’? Can somebody who is beheading people, killing people, destroying, and raping women and attacking minorities in the country be considered moderate? Can those [people] be considered moderate opposition?”

“I want to talk to you in a Western frame of mind,” Shaaban noted, posing an interesting hypothetical. “Can Britain or France or the US accept any opposition that carries arms, attacks schools, and kills people? Why do they apply terminology [in relation to] us, that does not apply anywhere in the world? This is unacceptable.”

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Interview with Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s top adviser

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 
Broadcast: 11/02/2016, 
Reporter: Tony Jones

Tony Jones speaks with Dr Shaaban and asks for her reaction to a UN report which uncovers torture and murder on a mass scale, deemed as ‘extermination’, by Syrian security agencies.

Full Transcript: Friends of Syria


  1. Syrian Kurds Have ‘Nothing to Gain’ From Terror Attacks in Turkey
  2. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zakharova Holds Weekly Press Briefing
  3. NATO Refuses to Comment on Turkey YPG Shelling, Denies Involvement in Syria

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