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Assad: I Get U.S. Info on ISIS Strikes

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed his administration receives information about the U.S.-led attacks on ISIS and is kept informed of the campaign via third parties, including Iraq. He made the remarks during a BBC interview, though stressed he did not coordinate with the U.S. “They don’t talk to us, we don’t talk to them,” he said during an interview in Damascus. “Sometimes they [the third parties] convey message, general message, but there’s nothing tactical.” While Assad also denounced the U.S. plan to train moderate rebels as a “pipe-dream,” his public admission regarding knowledge of the campaign suggests the hardline U.S. stance against Syria may be softening.