Iran, Turkey, Syria, and Russia have all come out
against the US’s announced plan to back a force of 30,000
mainly Kurdish fighters to operate along Syria’s border with
Turkey and Iran.
Syria’s president desribed the force as a “terror
army,” in keeping with a long tradition of calling all who
oppose him of being terrorists.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi urged
the US to leave Syria immediately.
LONDON (Reuters) – Iran said on Tuesday a new U.S.-backed,
30,000-strong force inside Syria would “fan the flames of war”,
echoing the vehement response of
Syria, Turkey and Russia to the plan.
On Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition said it was working with its
Syrian militia allies, the mainly Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF), to set up a force that would operate along the
borders with Turkey and Iraq, as well as
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responded by vowing to crush the
new force and drive U.S. troops from Syria. Strong Syria ally
Russia called the plans a plot to dismember Syria and place part
of it under U.S. control,
and Turkey described the force as a
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said such a force would
raise tensions in Syria. Iran supports Assad in the nearly
seven-year civil war against rebel forces and Islamic State
militants, sending weapons and soldiers.
“The U.S. announcement of a new border force in Syria is an
obvious interference in the internal affairs of this country,”
Qasemi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.
Qasemi urged all U.S. forces to leave Syria immediately.
The United States is at the head of an international coalition
using air strikes and special forces troops to aid fighters on
the ground battling Islamic State militants in Syria since 2014.
It has about 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria.