Tehran: Iran ’s top leader said on Sunday that the United States would be expelled from Iraq and Syria, and claimed that even Washington ’s allies now “hate” the United States.
The US “will not be staying either in Iraq or Syria and must withdraw and will certainly be expelled”, said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to his official website.
Since the overthrow of the dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, both the United States and Iran have worried about the conflict in Syria-Tehran supports the Damascus regime, while Washington supports the Kurds against the Islamic State Organization-both countries are Iraq Main geopolitical participants.
“Even the leaders of some of America s allies… abhor American statesmen and government, do not trust them and are indifferent towards them,” Khamenei added during a video conference meeting with university students.
He claimed that this was due to what he called the United States “warned, helped the infamous government, trained terrorists, unconditionally supported the increasing oppression of the Zionist regime and their recent poor management of coronavirus.”
Both countries have been hit hard by the COVID-19 disease, the United States has the highest number of deaths in the world, and Iran is fighting the deadliest outbreak in the Middle East.
Tensions between major enemies have escalated since US President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark US nuclear agreement and re-imposed severe sanctions on the Iranian economy in 2018.
Since Iran shot down an American drone in the Gulf last June, they seem to have approached direct military confrontation twice.
At that time, Trump canceled the retaliatory airstrike at the last minute.
After Iran launched a missile barrage at the US military in Iraq, Trump also chose not to take any military action in January.
After the U.S. drone launched an attack near Baghdad airport and killed Qasem Soleimani, Iran fired missiles.