Iran Demands US Withdraws ALL American Forces From Middle East
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif demands pull out of troops
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has demanded the United States pulls its troops out of the Persian Gulf region, according to reports.
The Minster made comments on his official Twitter account on Monday, which came as U.S.-Iran tensions continue to escalate, stemming from Tehran’s decision to shoot down an American drone.
Ian last week warned they are ready for war as the countries come closer to military conflict.
“[U.S. President Donald Trump] is 100% right that the US military has no business in the Persian Gulf. Removal of its forces is fully in line with interests of the US and the world,” Zarif wrote.
He added that the Trump administration “is not concerned with US interests — they despise diplomacy, and [have a] thirst for war.”
Presdient Donald Trump has, since May, approved an additional 2,500 American troops to the Middle East.
According to Breitbart: Before his decision, there were an estimated 70,000 American troops deployed to the region, including about 5,200 in Iraq and 2,000 in Syria, the Associated Press (AP) reported in May.
The Trump administration has begun to withdraw some troops from Syria, but it plans to leave a residual force to combat the lingering Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) threat and Iran.
The Islamic Republic maintains a presence in Syria in support of the Russian-backed dictator Bashar al-Assad.
In Iraq, American troops are already on heightened alert stemming from the threat posed by Iran-allied Shiite militias in the country.
Referring to the menace posed by Iran-allied fighters in the region, U.S. Central Command — charged with American military activities in and around the Middle East — declared in May:
U.S. Central Command, in coordination with Operation Inherent Resolve [OIR], has increased the force posture level for all service members assigned to OIR in Iraq and Syria.
As a result, OIR is now at a high level of alert as we continue to closely monitor credible and possibly imminent threats to U.S. forces in Iraq.
Factions from the Baghdad-sanctioned umbrella organization for predominantly Shiite militias in Iraq, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), have repeatedly threatened to push out American forces from Iraq.
The Pentagon’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) warned in November 2018 that the PMF and other Iranian proxies in Iraq and Syria pose a threat to American troops in the region.
U.S. officials have already accused Iran of carrying out attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.
Punishing economic sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are fueling the ongoing tensions between Iran and the United States.
After pulling out of the controversial 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and U.S.-led world powers, the Trump administration reimposed sanctions suspended under the accord as part of an unprecedented wave of restrictions currently choking the Iranian economy.