USA will be expelled from Iraq, Syria

Clay Curtis
May 21, 2020

According to the World News Agency, Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that United States operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and the aid of terrorists have aroused hatred for America in people's hearts and now for America in Iraq and Syria there is no place.

Khamenei made the remarks in a video-conference meeting with the Iranian students on Sunday.

"These actions include warmongering, helping notorious governments, advocating terrorism, supporting oppression wholeheartedly, and the like".

Iran's supreme leader said Sunday that the United States will be expelled from Iraq and Syria and alleged that even Washington's allies "abhor" it now.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif said: "Foolish claims by United States officials is nothing new".

The situation between Iran and the United States nearly escalated into a full conflict after a USA drone strike killed top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad in January, prompting Tehran to retaliate by firing ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq hosting U.S. forces.

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Both the USA and Iran have weighed into Syria's conflict - Tehran backing the Damascus regime, while Washington supported the Kurds against the Islamic State group - and both have been major geopolitical players in Iraq since the toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Tensions between the arch enemies have escalated since 2018, when USA president Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from a landmark nuclear accord and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran's economy.

A senior official in US President Donald Trump's administration said last week that it was considering its response.

A senior official in Washington said in statements last week that the US was considering measures in response to Iran's shipment of fuel to Venezuela.

The fuel shipments were dispatched upon a request from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose country has been facing an acute shortage of gasoline at its refineries.

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