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Zarif says U.S. 'unreliable ally' and 'occupier' in Syria

Zarif in Germany

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described the U.S. as “an irrelevant occupier” in Syria and an unreliable ally.


Zarif made the remarks in a tweet as the controversy continues over a planned Turkish incursion into Syria. He condemned the U.S. role in Syria almost immediately after reports of a possible U.S. troop withdrawal came out.


News that President Donald Trump has agreed to pull out U.S. troops and allow Turkey to enter the Kurdish held territory, political controversy erupted in Washington, where even prominent Republicans questioned Trump’s decision for possibly abandoning Kurdish forces.


As pressure mounted Trump tried to shift his position by threatening Turkey economically “if they do anything outside what we think is humane.”


Zarif said it is “futile to seek” U.S. permission, and questioned relying on security promised by the U.S., in a possible reference to both Turkey and the Kurds.

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