Saturday, February 11, 2017

Assad: Some of the refugees are 'terrorists'

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad appeared to agree on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump, saying some of the millions of refugees who have fled his country's conflict are "terrorists".

Speaking in an interview with Yahoo News and quoted by AFP, Assad was asked about Trump's claim that extremists are hiding among refugees, and replied, "You can find it on the net."

"Those terrorists in Syria holding machine guns or killing people, they are peaceful refugees in Europe or in the West," he added.
Assad did not specify how many of the 4.8 million Syrian refugees he meant, saying, "You don't need a significant number to commit atrocities."

Syria is included in Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, which bars people from seven majority Muslim nations from entering the U.S. for 90 days. It also temporarily halts the United States' refugee resettlement program for 120 days, while indefinitely suspending resettlement for refugees from Syria.

On Thursday, an appeals court in San Francisco rejected the Trump administration’s requestto resume his executive action, which had been halted by a Seattle judge last week. READ MORE