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Assad will join fight if France changes policy

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 00:57

Syria's Assad says no to intelligence sharing with France unless France stops backing rebels opposed to the Assad regime. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he would gladly help France in the fight against Islamic State, if France stops backing rebels against his regime. Over the weekend Assad told a French magazine he'd be part of it, but needs to see a change in French policy in Syria first. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SAYING: (CONTINUES WITH VOICE OF NARRATOR TRANSLATING ASSAD COMMENTS FROM ENGLISH TO ARABIC) "We cannot talk about intelligence cooperation before having political cooperation. You cannot talk about intelligence cooperation to fight terrorism while French policies are supporting terrorism. This is what I meant by 'serious'." As Paris slowly recovers from Friday's devastating attacks, the French government is looking for international cooperation against IS after Friday's devastating attacks...but it still not clear just what role Assad could play in that strategy.

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Assad will join fight if France changes policy

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 00:57