Zarif mocks Trump administration for attempt to take credit for Daesh ‘defeat’
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has ridiculed the administration of US President Donald Trump for attempting to take credit for “defeating” a notorious terror group of Washington’s own making in West Asia.
“Trump & Co try to take credit for the ‘defeat of ISIS’—which was created & nourished by their invasion of Iraq & their fomenting of unrest in Syria,” Zarif said in a message posted on his Twitter account on Monday, using an acronym for the Takfiri Daesh terror group.
The White House and Trump on Friday announced that Syria was now free from Daesh.
White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the terror group’s territorial rule had been “100 percent eliminated” from Syria, while showing a map to reporters that she said displayed the eradication of Daesh’s so-called caliphate over the last two years, in what was viewed as an attempt to give the US president credit for the “defeat” of Daesh.
Later in the day, Trump took to Twitter and said Daesh no longer held any territory in Syria.
Following Washington, the US-backed militants in Syria pronounced the death of Daesh’s “caliphate” after driving out the terrorists from a small village in Dayr al-Zawr Province.
Daesh was largely defeated in late 2017 by the Syrian army thanks to support from the Damascus government’s allies, namely Iran and Russia, losing almost all the swathes of land it had captured from the Syrian government in the course of its terror campaign.
In 2014, when Daesh showed face in Syria, the US and a coalition of its allies invaded the Arab country under the pretext of fighting the Takfiri outfit. That military campaign not only did little to eliminate the terror group, but, on numerous occasions, hampered national army advances on the battlefield against Daesh and led to civilian casualties.
Over the past few years, Russia and Syria have frequently reported that the US provides support to Daesh in areas where Washington has stationed military forces and runs military bases. There have also been numerous reports of the US military airlifting Daesh terrorists from different locations to protect them against advancing Syrian army forces.