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Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

Published:Wednesday | September 24, 2014 | 9:00 AM
President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama declared Arab support for the airstrikes "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone".

"We're going to do what's necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group," Obama said yesterday as he left Washington for meetings of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Army General Martin Dempsey, the top American military official, said the US and its Arab allies achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered.

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of air strikes by the US-led coalition.

Assad spoke yesterday during a meeting with Faleh al-Fayadh, an envoy of Iraq's prime minister.

His remarks came hours after the US and five Arab allies launched air raids and missile strikes against positions of the extremist Islamic State group in northern and eastern Syria.

Assad vowed to fight terrorism in all its forms. He said success won't come only through military means and that all nations must commit to stop support terrorism.

He was apparently referring to countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar who are strong backers of Syrian rebels, whom the Syrian government calls terrorists.