In an interview with Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that there were definitely terrorists mixed in with refugees.
He didn’t offer an estimate as to how many, but he pointed out that the number or percentage of refugees who are aligned with terrorism is not as important as the ‘quality’ and ‘intentions’ of those migrating.
He mentioned the attacks on 9/11 and said that relatively few people – ‘out of maybe millions of immigrants – were needed to carry out the attack.
Michael Isikoff: Are some of these refugees in your view aligned with terrorists?
Bashar al-Assad: Oh, definitely. You can find it on the Net. The same pictures that you saw them – in some cases of course, in some instances – those terrorists in Syria holding the machine gun or killing people, they are peaceful refugees in Europe or in the West.
Isikoff: So, how many terrorists do you believe are among the 4.8 million Syrian refugees?
Assad: No one has any number. Nobody. Nobody knows, because nobody knows all the terrorists to give a percentage.
Isikoff: Do you think it’s a significant number?
Assad: It’s not about significant, because you don’t need a significant number to commit atrocities. The 11th of September, it happened by only 15 terrorists out of maybe millions of immigrants in the United States, so it’s not about the number. It’s about the quality, it’s about the intentions.
Isikoff: So, if what you’re saying is correct, then President Trump would be justified in keeping them out of the United States.
Assad: I’m not American to justify it. Only as American people will say this is against the interests of the United States or with their interests.
From the outside, we can discuss it as values. This is with the values of the humanitarian situation in the world, or not. That’s how we can discuss it.
But again, I can only speak as President. For me, the priority is to bring those citizens to their country, not to help them emigrate.
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