Damascus slams Trump for blindly following Tel Aviv regime schemes in West Asia
The political and media advisor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has slammed the US President Donald Trump for his blindly following of Israeli schemes in the West Asian region.
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“We have reached a stage where Trump is blindly working to fulfill the wishes of Zionism. Zionism sought to deal a blow to the axis of resistance by assassinating the two fighters. However, it only consolidated the resistance front,” Bouthaina Shaaban said in Damascus on Sunday, condemning the assassination of Iran's Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and the second-in-command of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
She then cited a report published by the Israeli Haaretz daily that Trump had informed Israeli officials of his intention to assassinate Soleimani without consulting Congress. “We are facing an act which Trump perpetrated simply to serve the interests of Israel.”
The assassination of Soleimani was shocking, the Syrian official said, emphasizing that its repercussions will not be confined to days and months, but will rather last long.
“America took an action that will have adverse effects on the US in all arenas. The United States proved itself to be a government that commits terrorist and criminal acts by the law of the jungle, and violates the constitution by skirting Congress,” the high-ranking Syrian official said.
She also hailed a decision made by the Iraqi parliament concerning the withdrawal of US military forces from Iraq as well as Iran’s precision firing of missiles at US bases in Iraq.
On January 5, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved a bill demanding the withdrawal of all foreign military forces led by the United States from the country.
Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi called on the United States on January 9 to dispatch a delegation to Baghdad tasked with formulating a mechanism for the pullout.
The prime minister said Iraq rejects violation of its sovereignty, particularly the US military's violation of Iraqi airspace in the airstrike that assassinated Soleimani on January 3.
“The prime minister said American forces had entered Iraq and drones are flying in its airspace without permission from Iraqi authorities and this was a violation of the bilateral agreements,” said a statement by the office of Iraq's prime minister.
The US State Department bluntly rejected the request on Friday.
Early on Wednesday, the IRGC targeted the US air base of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in western Iraq after launching a wave of attacks to retaliate the assassination of General Soleimani.
The IRGC has called for a complete withdrawal of US troops from the Arab country, asserting that it would not differentiate between the US and Israel in retaliating against the assassination of the Iranian national hero.
“We warn US allies providing bases for the [American] terrorist army… that any country serving as the origin of bellicose and aggressive attacks in any form against the Islamic Republic of Iran will be targeted,” read the IRGC statement on Wednesday.
The strike came as no surprise since Iran had vowed to take a “harsh revenge” in the wake of the US act of terror.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei later said Iran’s missile strike on US bases in Iraq was just “a slap.”
"The talk of revenge and such debates are a different issue. For now, a slap was delivered on their face last night," Ayatollah Khamenei said in remarks broadcast live on the national television on Wednesday.