ISIS: Assad tells BBC Syria 'informed on strikes'

But not directly by US, messages also from Iraq

10 February, 10:24

    Bashar al-Assad in interview [ARCHIVE MATERIAL 20150108 ] Bashar al-Assad in interview [ARCHIVE MATERIAL 20150108 ]

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 10 - The Syrian government is receiving messages on raids in the country from the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, although there has been no direct cooperation since air strikes began in September, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad told the BBC in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.

    Assad however said third parties, including Iraq, were conveying ''information''.

    The Syrian president told the BBC that the government receives generic messages, nothing tactic and that, though information is provided, there is no dialogue.

    He also ruled out joining the anti-ISIS international coalition, saying Syria could not and would not join the alliance because Syria could never be allied to countries he said backed terrorism, without elaborating.

    The Syrian president also denied that his army is using barrel-bombs to strike rebel-held areas, killing thousands of civilians.

    ''We have bombs, missiles and bullets There is (are) no barrel bombs, we don't have barrels'', he told the BBC.

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