Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Iran Defends Its Military Presence in Syria, Asks US Forces to Leave

Iran Defends Its Military Presence in Syria, Asks US Forces to Leave

The incident occurred over the town of Quneitra, in southwest Syria. "Those who have to leave Syria are the ones who have not been permitted by the Syrian government", Velayati said on the sidelines of a conference at the Islamic Azad University in Tehran, Iran, according to the semiofficialMehr News Agency. "Israel rightly took action to defend itself". She added, "The United States will always stand by our ally when confronted with provocations from Iran, Hezbollah, or the Assad regime". Syria-based attacks from Assad or Iran aimed at Israel should be dealt with forcefully, but military responses aren't the only answer.

"The Assad regime has become a front for Iran, Hezbollah, and their allies to advance the irresponsible and unsafe agenda for the Middle East", Haley said.

Haley punctuated her assessment by noting that the incursion suggested that "Iran and Hezbollah are making plans to stay in Syria".

"I think this again illustrates why Iran's presence in Syria is only destabilizing to the region. The global community mustn't stand idly by as the Iranian threat grows rampant", he wrote.

Officially, IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus has issued a "No comment" on the question. "Iran is dragging the region into an adventure and will pay the price for it". In turn, Syrian anti-aircraft managed to shoot down an Israeli aircraft that crashed in Northern Israel.

Over the past years, Israel, which is viewed as a supporter of anti-Damascus militants, has frequently attacked targets in Syria, often claiming that it hit positions or convoys belonging to Iran.

"The road to peace will come when all of the parties stop provoking each other, and choose the responsible path", Haley said.

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