Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the US:  Islamic State increased the number of its members and expanded territory since start of United States Airstrikes.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. Television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of region in Syria and Iraq, has been obtaining enlisted people since the begin of U.S.-drove air strikes against the terrorist group.

Asked the amount of profit he was getting from the strikes in Syria that started last September, Assad told CBS'”60 Minutes: “Sometimes you could have local benefit but in general if you want to talk in terms of ISIS, actually ISIS has expanded since the beginning of the strikes.”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. Television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of region in Syria and Iraq, has been obtaining enlisted people since the begin of U.S.-drove air strikes against the terrorist group.

Asked the amount of profit he was getting from the strikes in Syria that started last September, Assad told CBS’ “60 Minutes: “At times you could have neighborhood advantage however as a rule in the event that you need to talk as far as ISIS, really ISIS has extended since the start of the strikes.”

Assad, who has been battling Islamist and different insurgents since 2011, said in the meeting aired on television on Sunday there were a few estimates that Islamic State was attracting 1,000 recruits a month in Syria.

“And Iraq – they are expanding in – Libya and – many other – al Qaeda affiliate organizations have announced their allegiance to ISIS. So that’s the situation,” According to Assad, using another acronym for the militant group.

Washington is looking for an arranged settlement to Syria’s civil war that prohibits Assad, however has made clear its top need in Syria is the battle against Islamic State activists.

Asked under what circumstances he would leave power, Assad said: “When I don’t have the public support. When I don’t represent the Syrian interests, and values.”

In answer to an inquiry concerning how he figured out what support he had among Syrians, he said: “I don’t determine. I sense. I feel. I’m in contact with them.”

In a related news, the Islamic State terrorist group released another video Sunday demonstrating its fighters beheading eight men described as Shi’ite Muslims.

The eight men were said to be beheaded in the central Syrian region of Hama. Blindfolded and with their both hands tied behind their backs, the men are seen being driven forward in a field by what seem, by all accounts, to be teenage boys.

 

They were then given over to a group of fighters. A kid wearing a dark uniform is seen distributing blades to the fighters before the prisoners are slaughtered.

The video was posted on social networking. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the United Kingdom said the video seemed real.

An Islamic State fighter talks in the video, calling the prisoners “impure infidels” and saying the military fight against the Islamic State will make the group stronger.

The Islamic State terror group, otherwise called ISIL or ISIS, has beheaded scores of prisoners since capturing expansive parts of Iraq and Syria a year ago. Recently, a video was released demonstrating the executing of three Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters.

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