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Syrian president claims US-led airstrikes against Islamic State group not serious or efficient

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syria's President Bashar Assad is sworn for his third, seven-year term, in Damascus, Syria. Assad said in remarks published Wednesday that U.S.-led airstrikes targeting Islamic State group militants in his country are neither serious nor efficient, claiming they have failed to produce any tangible results. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syria's President Bashar Assad is sworn for his third, seven-year term, in Damascus, Syria. Assad said in remarks published Wednesday that U.S.-led airstrikes targeting Islamic State group militants in his country are neither serious nor efficient, claiming they have failed to produce any tangible results. (AP Photo/SANA, File)  (The Associated Press)

Syria's President Bashar Assad says that U.S.-led airstrikes targeting Islamic State group militants in Syria are neither serious nor efficient.

He claims the two months of strikes have not produced any tangible results and is also accusing Turkey of continuing to provide direct support to the militants.

Assad spoke in an interview with Paris Match magazine, excerpts of which were published on Wednesday.

In the interview, Assad also says that Syrians "will never allow our country to become a toy in Western hands."