US withdrawing forces from region despite contrary claims: Military sources

Informed military sources tell Press TV that the United States has started pulling its troops out of the region since Saturday, despite claims to the contrary. 

The sources said Sunday the US has withdrawn its combat troops from Kuwait while C-5 and C-17 military transport aircraft have flown  about 700 guards into the region to reinforce protection of American diplomatic missions.

Iran’s Army chief has dismissed US President Donald Trump’s threat to hit scores of Iranian sites, saying the Americans lack the “courage” to make good on such a spurious promise. 

The remarks by Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi on Sunday came a day after Trump threatened to target 52 sites, some “at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture” if Tehran avenged US assassination of a top military commander.

“They make such comments in order to save face after their ugly and unjustified act” of assassinating Iran’s Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, Mousavi said.

“In a likely conflict which I doubt they have the courage to initiate, it would be determined to which side these 5 and 2 digits belong,” he added.

In his tweet on Saturday, Trump said the targets represented 52 Americans who were held in Iran for acts of espionage following the 1979 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran by revolutionary students .

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter Sunday to denounce Trump’s “new breaches of JUS COGENS,” referring to peremptory norms of international law.

“Targeting cultural sites is a WAR CRIME; -Whether kicking or screaming, end of US malign presence in West Asia has begun,” he said.

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