"Do not bet on America, they will not protect you": Assad warns the Kurds who are siding with the United States in battle with ISIS amidst the fear that Turkey will attack them when Trump withdraws his forces
- Kurdish forces backed by the United States are on the verge of removing ISIS from Syria
- But they fear an attack from Turkey that considers Kurdish militias as terrorists
- President Donald Trump has promised to withdraw all 2,000 US soldiers from Syria
Tim Stickings for Mailonline
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Kurdish forces fighting against ISIS not to rely on America's support against a possible Turkish attack, saying, "They will not protect you".
The Kurdish-led Syrian forces' fighters (SDF), backed by Washington, are on the verge of forcing ISIS from its last stretch of territory into eastern Syria.
But they fear that Turkey, which considers the YPG Kurdish militia as a terrorist group, will attack them once Donald Trump withdraws US troops from the country.
Speaking today in Damascus, Assad said the Syrian army would be back in the area after the United States withdrew.
An armed member of the SDF stands guard atop a building in Baghouz, where the Kurdish-led coalition is fighting to expel ISIS from the last area of territory in Syria
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, pictured in Damascus today, warned that the United States would not defend Kurdish fighters if Turkey launched an attack
"For those groups that focus on Americans, we say that Americans will not protect you … Americans will put you in their pockets to be used as bargaining tools," he said.
"Every inch of Syria will be freed and every intruder is an enemy."
Turkey considers the Kurdish People's Protection Units based in northern Syria, or YPG, as a terrorist group linked to an insurrection within its borders.
Trump announced plans in December to withdraw all 2,000 US troops in Syria.
Kurdish-led Syrian democratic forces declared the final push to eliminate ISIS from eastern Syria last Saturday.
Thousands of people have escaped from the last arrest of the terrorist group in Baghouz, many claiming to be innocent relatives of the jihadists.
Vehicles belonging to the US-led coalition drive along a road on Sunday in the Syrian village of Baghouz on the front line
Veiled women, who are said to be wives of members of the Islamic State, are seen today in a field of the SDF in north-eastern Syria
Donald Trump (pictured in Washington on Friday) announced that he will withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria
ISIS fighters are besieged in an area of 840 square meters and use civilians as human shields, said a commander of the SDF.
Only the Syrian state can protect groups in northern Syria and the army "will release every inch of Syria" from foreign troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Sunday.
Confidently speaking about the Syrian army's military progress on the ground, Assad has called on refugees from all over the world to return to Syria.
The Syrian civil war, which is now almost eight years old, has caused the death of about 450,000 people and has caused the displacement of half of the country's population, including about six million outside the country.
"Syria needs all of its children and we ask the refugees to return to take part in the reconstruction process," said Assad.
The fighters of Syrian democratic forces watch the suburbs of Baghouz, the last territory of ISIS in Syria. Kurdish-led fighters are supported by the United States
US-supported Syrian Democratic forces fighters (SDFs) are in an area they recently captured by ISIS while the fight against the terrorist group continues in Baghouz