The UK's former ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, has warned of a 'bloodbath' in the country
Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Peter Ford said there would be a “bloodbath” if the Russia-backed tyrant were to go.
He said: “If he goes, the country will really implode.
Peter Ford made the startling comments on BBC's Newsnight
“It would be a bloodbath.”
The former diplomat claimed there is no opposition prepared to take over in the event of a regime change.
Mr Ford added: “There is no moderate opposition waiting to take over.
If he goes, the country will really implode
“It would be much worse, you only have to look at the opposition-led areas to see what life would be like.”
The stark comments come as senior US government figures call on al-Assad – in power since 2000 – to step aside as Syrian president.
Countries that support and oppose the missile strikes in Syria
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European countries have been broadly supportive so far as President Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched
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SYRIA OPPOSES: President Bashar al-Assad's office denounced the U.S. strike as 'reckless, irresponsible behavior.'
White House spokesman Sean Spicer yesterday called on al-Assad to go in the wake of US missile strikes on a Syrian air force base.
Mr Spicer said: “You can't imagine a stable and peaceful Syria with Assad in charge.”
Al-Assad is backed by Russian leader Vladimir Putin (right)
Fears of a clash between the US and Russia were raised last week after President Donald Trump ordered action against the Syrian regime.
Russian prime minister Dimitri Medvedev warned the US was “one step away” from a clash with Moscow.
And Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said Washington should be made the “regret” the cruise missile attacks as it backed Russia and Syria in the stand-off.
On Sunday, Russian and Iranian military chiefs, both allies of Syria, joined forces with militant group Hezbollah to threaten Trump, saying the US president had crossed a “red line”.