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Syrian FM: ‘Thunderous’ US defeat in Afghanistan only the first

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s foreign minister says the “thunderous defeat” by the United States in Afghanistan will lead to similar defeats for American troops in Syria and other parts of the world.

Faisal Mekdad makes his comments today following a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, who began an official visit to Syria.

Mekdad says the US withdrawal from Afghanistan “is a strong lesson for the allies and tools of the United States in the region and the world.”

Mekdad appears to be referring to Kurdish-led fighters allied with the United States who control wide parts of eastern Syria, including the country’s largest oil fields.

Hundreds of US troops are stationed in northeastern Syria, working with Kurdish-led fighters in battling the Islamic State jihadist group.

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