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US is no more world police, cannot impose its will on nations: Hamas leader

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the political bureau of Palestinian Hamas resistance movement (file photo)

The leader of the political bureau of Palestinian Hamas resistance movement says the recent withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan proved that the United States is no more the world police and cannot impose its will on other nations.

Ismail Haniyeh made the remarks while addressing a ceremony in Turkey in which he elaborated on the latest regional and international developments.

Haniyeh said US forces’ retreat from Afghanistan will be followed with similar troop pullouts from other parts of the world, as a result of which Washington’s allies, especially the Zionist regime, will find themselves in a weaker position.

“The US is no more the world police and cannot impose its will on other nations,” the Hamas chief pointed out.

The US military withdrew its forces from Afghanistan 20 years after they invaded the country to topple the Taliban, in a war that killed, according to one estimate, between 897,000 and 929,000 people.

Since the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan, the US and its allies have imposed sanctions on the Central Asian country and deprived Afghans of any aid and assistance on the pretext of pressuring the Taliban.

However, human rights activists maintain that economic sanctions generally do not punish the rulers, but rather, hurt the population, lead to mass starvation, and fuel extremism in the targeted country.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Haniyeh underscored that Arab and Muslim nations have three priorities, that is, boosting the status of Israeli-occupied al-Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque, supporting the Palestinian resistance front, and thwarting efforts made by some Arab countries to normalize their relations with the Tel Aviv regime.

The Hamas leader went on to call resistance a strategic and long-standing option.

He emphasized that cooperation among Muslim nations against the occupying Israeli regime is a true partnership, and that Muslims have never shirked their responsibility to defend al-Quds and Palestine.

“It is high time to wage the historic battle with the Zionist enemy,” the Hamas leader said.

Haniyeh stressed that Muslim nations urgently need to form a united front against Israel, and to draw up a complete plan to prevent normalization of relations with the Zionist regime.


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