Assad warns U.S to ‘expect everything’

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Washington on Monday that they “can expect everything” in response to the possible American military attack on Syria.

“You should expect everything... The government’s not the only player in this region. You have different parties, different factions, different ideologies. You have everything in this decision now,” Assad told CBS television’s This Morning, AFP news agency reported.

Assad’s comments came as part of a television interview with CBS conducted in Damascus in which he also denied involvement in an alleged Aug. 21 attack involving chemical weapons, Reuters reported.

The longtime Syrian president also added that any repercussions “may take different forms” including “direct and indirect” effects if U.S. President Barack Obama goes ahead with his plan to strike Syria.

Assad said that in addition to direct responses, indirect impacts could include “instability and the spread of terrorism all over the region that will influence the West directly,” according to Reuters.

“We have to expect the worst,” he was quoted as saying, adding that that any strikes would be “direct support” of al-Qaeda offshoots in his country.

Laying out the case

Obama will appear on American TV networks in the evening before addressing the American people from the Oval Office on Tuesday to lay out the case for U.S. involvement in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that military strikes on Syria risk causing an “outburst of terrorism” in the region.

Lavrov said that both Russia and Syria urge the U.S. to focus on peace talks, not military action on Syria.

Lawmakers are returning on Monday from the summer break and will begin debating on whether to approve limited U.S. military action in Syria, with a Senate vote possibly coming as early as Wednesday, AFP news agency reported.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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