While providing fact check comments on the latest presidential debate, the Associated Press claimed Donald Trump’s assertion that Syrian President Bashar Assad was fighting Islamic State was not true. Their comment was retracted just hours later, however.
During the Sunday debate with Hillary Clinton, the Republican candidate said: “I don’t like Assad at all. But Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS.”
AP’s comment on the issue was unambiguous.
“Not true. Syria’s President Bashar Assad considers the Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] group to be among numerous ‘terrorist’ groups that threaten his government, but his military is not fighting them. It is focused on combatting Syrian opposition groups, some of which are supported by the United States,” the agency said …. https://www.rt.com/usa