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Iran may withdraw its military from Iraq and Syria, if government asks, says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

A top aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Iran would immediately withdraw its "military advisers" from Syria and Iraq only if their governments wanted it to.


Reuters 13 Jul 2018, 09:14 AM Iran Islamic Rep., Syrian Arab Republic

A top aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Iran would immediately withdraw its "military advisers" from Syria and Iraq only if their governments wanted it to.

"Iran and Russia's presence in Syria will continue to protect the country against terrorist groups and America's aggression ... We will immediately leave if Iraqi and Syrian governments want it, not because of Israel and America's pressure," said Ali Akbar Velayati in a conference in Moscow. Iran and Russia back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's civil war. 

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