Iran slams US army plan in Syria

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters): Iran said on Tuesday a new US-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria would "fan the flames of war", echoing the vehement response of Syria, Turkey and Russia to the plan.
On Sunday, the US-led coalition said it was working with its Syrian militia allies, mainly Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to set up a force that would operate along the borders with Turkey and Iraq, as well as within Syria.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responded by vowing to crush the new force and drive US troops from Syria. Strong Syria ally Russia called the plans a plot to dismember Syria and place part of it under US control, and Turkey described the force as a "terror army."
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said such a force would raise tensions in Syria.
Iran supports Assad in the nearly seven-year civil war against rebel forces and Islamic State militants, sending weapons and soldiers.
"The US announcement of a new border force in Syria is an obvious interference in the internal affairs of this country," Qasemi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.