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West must choose whom to fight: Assad or terrorists — Russian MP

October 02, 2015, 15:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The lawmaker recalled that US support for the opposition in Afghanistan among whom was notorious Osama bin Laden many years later resulted in the bloodiest terrorist attacks in US history

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MOSCOW, October 2. /TASS/. Members of the US-led anti-terrorist coalition should make up their minds at an early date whom to fight: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or the Islamic State terrorist group, head of the Federation Council upper house International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev wrote in his blog on Friday.

"If we discard propaganda workpieces, the Westerners’ dilemma, which there is no escaping, comes to the surface: Their coalition — is it anti-terrorist or anti-Assad?" he noted, adding that "the West was trying until the last moment to solve both problems simultaneously — those of Assad and of terrorists."

"However, the two decisions do not coincide. Moreover, they are mutually exclusive. The elimination of one factor would inevitably strengthen the other," he wrote.

The lawmaker also recalled that US support for the opposition — the mujahideen in Afghanistan among whom was notorious "freedom fighter" Osama bin Laden — many years later resulted in the bloodiest terrorist attacks in US history.

"And this is a lesson for everyone: there are no ‘good’ terrorists. Terrorists are certainly the worst of all evils," Kosachev added.


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