Syria vows to ‘defend’ itself in ways that will ‘surprise’ the world as country prepares for military strike

Syria’s regime vowed to “defend” itself in ways that would “surprise” the world yesterday as President Bashar al-Assad’s allies prepared for a possible military strike by America and its allies.

As for the looming attack by America and its allies, Mr Muallem said: “We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves with the means at our disposal. The second choice is the best: we will defend ourselves.”

Syria would demonstrate military capabilities that would “surprise” the world, added the minister, and any US-led campaign would make no difference to the regime’s determination.

“We have the means to defend ourselves and we will surprise everyone,” said Mr Muallem. “We will defend ourselves using all means available. I don’t want to say more than that.”

He added: “The strike will come and go. We get mortars every day and we have learned to live with them.

Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian deputy prime minister, said: “The West behaves towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade”. An IL-76 aircraft landed at the Syrian port of Tartous to evacuate 100 Russians and 80 citizens of former Soviet republics.

Full article: Syria vows to ‘defend’ itself in ways that will ‘surprise’ the world as country prepares for military strike (The Telegraph)

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