Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed on Tuesday that the United States and Israel are “boosting the morale” of Syrian opposition groups in Syria, which he referred to as “terrorist groups,” as well as the Islamic State (ISIS, Daesh).
“The situation of US-backed terrorists in Syria is not good and every day they are suffering new blows. The Zionist regime and the US have in different stages rushed to the scene to boost the morale of terrorists,” Zarif said, according to Iran’s state-run Press TV. “Whenever the terrorists face defeats, the Zionist regime launches operations and so do the Americans.”
Zarif made the remarks in Latin America, where he will visit Brazil and Uruguay and make some African stops before returning to Iran, the state-run PressTV outlet reported.
Zarif added, “These policies are very dangerous and their outcome will be dangerous for both regional and international peace and security as well as the US itself.” He then went on to claim that “there is authentic intelligence that the U.S. is relocating the Daesh terrorists” to use them in different regions.
Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) are stationed on the Israeli-Syrian border.
On Saturday, the last Syrian rebel-held town of Douma experienced a deadly chemical weapons attack leaving at least 60 people dead and injuring at least 1,000 more.
In response to what he described as an “atrocious” chemical weapons attack, which many believe was carried out by those loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime, President Donald Trump warned Russia, Iran and Syria that there will be a “big price to pay” and that his administration would be making “some major decisions” on how to respond to Syria in the next 48 hours.
The Syrian regime has denied carrying out the attack.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has a very clear position regarding chemical weapons; we condemn their use by anyone, anywhere and against any country,” Zarif said, according to Iran’s Mehr News agency.
On Monday, Turkish media reported that the U.S.S. Donald Cook, a destroyer armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, arrived off the coast of Syria, and was being harassed by low-flying Russian fighter jets.
The USS Donald Cook, a destroyer armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, has arrived off the coast of Syria, and is being harassed by low-flying Russian fighter jets -Turkish media reports
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