Leader's Top Aide: US Unable to Keep Military Forces in Raqqa: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年12月03日

Leader's Top Aide: US Unable to Keep Military Forces in Raqqa

FARSNEWS2017/12/3
Leader's Top Aide: US Unable to Keep Military Forces in Raqqa
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati blasted Washington's plots to bolster military deployment in Syria, stressing that the US forces will be expelled from Raqqa in the near future.

"The Americans have set up 12 bases in Syria and have decided to increase the number of their forces to 10,000 but they should know that they will fail," Velayati said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Sunday.

Warning that the Americans want to keep Raqqa as a base for themselves, he said, "They should know that they will be expelled from Raqqa soon as they thought that they can remain in Albu Kamal but they were expelled from there too."

In relevant remarks last month, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) official said that the US has established a new military base in the regions that are under the control of the continuing to occupy Syrian territory.

A senior SDF official, who requested to remain anonymous, said that the US had set up a military base in Raqqa city in Northeastern Syria, which was recently liberated from the ISIL.

"The United States is building military bases in areas freed by our forces from ISIL. We consider it to be the right strategy. Recently, the US forces established a military base at the entrance to the territory of Raqqa, in the Jezra neighborhood," the official added.

He explained that the neighborhood was chosen by the US army because it was slightly damaged during a military operation in Raqqa and can now be seen as the city's safest area.

"The base and the adjacent territory are reliably protected by the US soldiers. No one, except these soldiers and SDF fighters, has access to the base," the official concluded.

Footage released in July revealed that the US was operating an airbase in the Eastern parts of Aleppo near the provincial border with Raqqa.

The footage showed a large US plane taking off and plenty of Humvees protecting the site.

Also, an American flag was hoisted above the air field which was located in the territory controlled by the SDF.
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