Illegal US bases train terrorists in Syria: Iran Foreign Ministry
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has condemned recent attacks on areas east of Syria by US troops, saying the illegal bases run by American forces in the country are used to train terrorists for later use against the government in Damascus.
“Illegal American bases on the Syrian soil are training terrorists and using them as a means [against the Damascus government],” Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Sunday.
According to Press TV, the Iranian official said recent military activities under the new US administration blatantly violate Syria’s territorial integrity and international law, which would intensify clashes and fuel instability in the region.
“These attacks, which were in the continuation of the Zionist regime’s constant acts of aggression against the Syrian territory, have been carried out after American terrorist forces illegally entered Syria over the past few years and occupied parts of its soil and plundered its natural resources, including oil, which is an absolute right of the Syrian people.”
One person was killed and four people were injured after US warplanes on Thursday conducted airstrikes on areas in Syria’s eastern Province of Dayr al-Zawr near the Iraqi border, the first of its kind under President Joe Biden.
The airstrikes were carried out against facilities used by forces with Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). Many say Biden’s approach is similar to that of his hawkish predecessor, Donald Trump.
The PMU - better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi - has been fighting remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group across border regions of Iraq and Syria in coordination with the governments in both Arab countries.