Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Damascus will take control of the country’s north BY FORCE if forces backed by the Jewish Israel, US and Turkey refuse to surrender. In an interview with a Russian TV channel, Assad said fighting with US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces is not the best option for Damascus. He, however, stressed that fighting is the ONLY way to get control of the country. He was referring to the northern town of Manbij where S-D-F forces hold some territory. Meanwhile, the Syrian president said his country will not accept any fund from foreign countries to rebuild Syria. Assad said Syria has enough strength to do so and if it does not have the money, it will ask its friends for help.