Haley: Iran and Hizbullah Are Entrenching Themselves Inside Syria

(U.S. Mission to the UN) U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the Security Council on Wednesday: "Earlier this week, Iranian-backed militias in southern Syria launched a drone into Israeli territory. It was an egregious and unprompted escalation. Iran was once again doing what it does - risking conflict and testing the will of its neighbors and opponents to resist its aggression. Israel rightly took action to defend itself. The United States will always stand by our ally when confronted with provocations from Iran, Hizbullah, or the Assad regime." "On every front of this conflict [in Syria], we find fighters imported by Iran from Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan. When we see the Assad regime starving civilians in eastern Ghouta or pummeling schools and hospitals in Idlib, we see advisers from Iran and Hizbullah helping direct those atrocities." "The drone flight this week is a wake-up call for all of us. Iran and Hizbullah are making plans to stay in Syria....It's hard to see how a peace process will work while the Assad regime continues to launch all-out attacks against the Syrian people, and Iran and Hizbullah are entrenching themselves inside the country."

2018-02-15 00:00:00

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