Syria war nearing its end

An advisor to Syrian President Bashar Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any “illegitimate” forces, whether Turkish or American. Bouthaina Shaaban said the fact that Syria was staging the Damascus International Fair for the first time in the war “sends a message that the war has ended… and we are at the start of the path towards reconstruction.

Shaaban said this week’s Damascus trade fair and regional participation proved a “U-turn was achieved” in the conflict, a shift the Syrian army and allied forces were imposing since they seized Aleppo city late last year.

Damascus has called on the UN Security Council to “stop the US-led coalition’s crimes against Syrian citizens.”Syria calls on the UN Security Council “to fulfill its obligations for the sake of peace and security,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said. Damascus has again accused the coalition of using white phosphorus, prohibited by international convention, to destroy infrastructure and kill civilians, Sputnik reports. These actions have become systematic, the ministry said, adding that the coalition “neglects the basics of international law, international humanitarian law and human rights.” US-led coalition aircraft operate within Syria without official permission from Damascus.

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