WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US national security adviser Herbert McMaster on Thursday accused Iran of fomenting a sectarian war in the region to weaken the Arab world.
"Iran has mobilized militias in Syria in defense of Bashar al-Assad's regime," McMaster said at a security conference in Washington. "The situation in Syria is getting more complicated because of the destructive role of Tehran."
The US national security adviser stressed that "Tehran bears the greatest responsibility for the problems in Syria and that it has recruited 80% of the militias supporting the lion."
"The Iranian regime is developing militias and illegal armed groups and moving them against the governments of their countries, as in the case of Hezbollah in Lebanon," he said.
"The main reason for the US presence in Syria is to fight the Dahesh organization, which has been able to extend its control over lands and population groups," he said. Finished