Al Jazeera: Syria's Bashar al-Assad calls US forces 'invaders'
But Syrian president says there could be room for cooperation with US President Donald Trump in the fight against ISIL.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called US forces deployed in Syria "invaders" but said he saw promise in US President Donald Trump's vow to prioritise the fight against ISIL.
About 500 US troops are in Syria in support of the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
The US-led coalition is currently backing a campaign by its Syrian militia allies to encircle and ultimately capture Raqqa, ISIL's base of operations in Syria.
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