Iran-Russia-Syria-Iraq coalition must prevail: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the coalition of Iran, Russia, Syria and Iraq must succeed or the entire region will be destroyed.

“This coalition must succeed; otherwise we will see the destruction of the entire [Middle East] region,” Assad said in an interview with the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, broadcast on Sunday.

“We are certain that this coalition will succeed,” said the Syrian president.

Iraq, Iran, Syria and Russia have formed an intelligence-sharing center in the Iraqi capital in their fight against Takfiri terrorists wreaking havoc mainly in Syria and Iraq.

Assad said the coalition member states, especially Iran and Russia, are well-experienced in combating terrorism.

He expressed optimism that the coalition “will achieve outstanding practical results” in their joint military, security and intelligence-sharing cooperation.

“Most countries in the world have felt the real threat of terrorism and most recently numerous remarks have been addressed at international level, indicating support for the aforesaid coalition. Therefore, I think that there are good opportunities for this coalition to succeed,” said Assad.

Russia launched its military campaign against terrorists operating in Syria on September 30 upon a request from the Damascus government.

The Russian air raids on Daesh bases come as the US and its allies including the Persian Gulf Arab kingdoms – which have actively supported the foreign-backed war in Syria since 2011 – have been involved in airstrikes against alleged Daesh militants in Syria without authorization from the Syrian government.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people and left over one million injured.

By Press TV