The White House announced that “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The U.S. Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and U.S. forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area”. On Twitter, President Trump asserted that “it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars, many of the them tribal, and bring our soldiers home”, going on to state that the U.S. would “crush ISIS again if they come anywhere near us”. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif commented that the “U.S. is an irrelevant occupier in Syria – [it is] futile to seek its permission or rely on it for security. Achieving peace and fighting terror in Syria will only succeed thru respect for its territorial integrity and its people”. He added that “Adana provides framework for Turkey and Syria – Iran ready to help”.
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