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Syria And Russia Say ISIS Is Dead, Now U.S. Must Go

  • Syria And Russia Say ISIS Is Dead, Now U.S. Must Go
    by  The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a firm warning to the U.S. and other foreign forces in Syria Tuesday without the approval of President Bashar al-Assad, telling them their presence was a violation of international law and accusing them of making matters worse for the war-torn country that days ago declared victory against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).

    The ministry issued the statement in direct response to remarks by Defense Secretary James Mattis, who suggested a day earlier that U.S. forces would not be leaving anytime soon. Unlike allies Russia and Iran, which intervened against Syrian insurgents and jihadis at the request of Assad, the U.S. entered the conflict without the Syrian leader’s permission and has called for his removal. With ISIS effectively defeated, the ministry urged Washington and its allies to exit immediately.

    “The presence of U.S. forces or any foreign military presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government constitutes an act of aggression and an attack on the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as a gross violation of the charter and principles of the United Nations,” the ministry quoted an official source as saying.

    “The Syrian Arab Republic again calls for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of U.S. forces from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. This presence is an aggression against Syria’s sovereignty and independence and will be dealt with on this basis,” the source added.

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January 20, 2018 - Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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