RNA - In a tweet on Tuesday accompanied by a video clip that showed Trump making a confession about the US troops withdrawal after they "have taken the oil" in Syria, Zarif underscored a confession by US President Donald Trump that the Islamic Republic hates the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group, and that the presence of American forces in Syria was for plundering the Arab country's oil resources.
Trump has on several occasions publicly pointed to stealing Syria’s oil reserves.
In October last year, after ordering the withdrawal of American forces from Syria, Trump said he wanted the US firm ExxonMobil to go to the Arab country to tap its oil.
The US president also boasted in the footage about his country's purported fight against the ISIL (Daesh or the ISIS) terrorist group and urged Tehran to fight the Takfiri outfit as "Iran hates ISIS”.
In a post on his Twitter account, Zarif said, "Trump just admitted what we all knew: US troops in Syria to "have the oil”" adding that, "Russia, Syria, & Iran can fight ISIS, confessing, “Iran hates ISIS”."
Denouncing the US assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad last month, the top Iranian diplomat censured the so-called US counterterrorism efforts, and said Washington, instead of fighting against the ISIL, "cowardly murdered" the terrorist group's number-one enemy.
The hero of anti-terrorism fight in the region, Lieutenant General Soleimani, was brutally assassinated by the terrorist army of the US at Baghdad International Airport on January 03.
Pentagon also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shabi, five Iranian, and five Iraqi militaries.
The strike brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war, with Tehran retaliating by launching missiles at military bases in Iraq housing American troops.
On January 8, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.
Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army's central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare.
According to Fars News Agency, the second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of "Martyr Soleimani" reprisal operation.
Iraq said the attacks had not taken any toll from its army men stationed at these two bases. The US army had blocked entrance into Ein Al-Assad to everyone, including the Iraqi army.
It was the first direct attack on the US army ever since the WWII.
The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.