Iran Demands Full Withdrawal of American Forces from Middle East

Breitbart | 6/24/2019 | Edwin Mora
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif this week demanded that the United States pull its troops out of the Persian Gulf region, arguing that such a move is “fully in line” with the interest of America and the world.

His comments, made via his official Twitter account on Monday, came amid skyrocketing U.S.-Iran tensions, mainly stemming from Tehran’s decision to shoot down an American drone this month. The incident is bringing the two countries closer to a military conflict. Both have warned they are ready for war.

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“[U.S. President Donald Trump] is 100% right that the US military has no business in the Persian Gulf. Removal of its forces is fully in line with interests of US and the world,” Zarif wrote.

He went on to say the Trump administration “is not concerned with US interests — they despise diplomacy, and [have a] thirst for war.”

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.@realDonaldTrump is 100% right that the US military has no business in the Persian Gulf. Removal of its forces is fully in line with interests of US and the world. But it's now clear that the #B_Team is not concerned with US interests—they despise diplomacy, and thirst for war.

Since May, President Trump has approved the deployment of an additional 2,500 American troops and military equipment to the Middle East.

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Before his decision, there were an estimated 70,000 American troops deployed to the region, including about 5,200 in Iraq and 2,000 in Syria, the Associated Press (AP) reported in May.

The Trump administration has begun to withdraw some troops from Syria, but it plans to leave a residual force to combat the...
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