Iran: Attack on Syria will set US, Israel ablaze
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Iran: Attack on Syria will set US, Israel ablaze

Top general warns that countries backing Washington will suffer serious losses, as militia chief calls for Israel’s elimination

Yifa Yaakov is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Hassan Firouzabadi, left, with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2011. (Screenshot: Youtube)
Hassan Firouzabadi, left, with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2011. (Screenshot: Youtube)

Any military attack against Syria will set both Israel and the US ablaze,  Iranian Chief of Staff General Hassan Firouzabadi warned Saturday.

“Regional countries backing this cruel war will suffer serious losses,” Firouzabadi was quoted by Iran’s Fars news agency as saying, referring to the “massive problems” America’s Middle Eastern allies were to suffer as a result of Washington’s warmongering rhetoric and a possible attack.

The top general referred in particular to retaliatory attacks that would hit Israel in the event of an American assault on Syria.

Also Saturday, Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said the US would face reactions from beyond Syria’s borders if it went ahead with its plans to attack the Assad regime.

“The US imagination about limited military intervention in Syria is merely an illusion, as reactions will be coming from beyond Syria’s borders,” Fars quoted Jafari as saying.

He added that Washington’s plans to launch a “limited, narrow” offensive against Syria pointed to its failure to garner the international support needed to form a coalition against Assad, and warned that Obama’s allies in the region were jeopardizing their national security by siding with America.

Jafari’s comments were echoed by Basij militia chief Mohammad Reza Naqdi, who said Saturday that the reactions to American military involvement were likely to go beyond Syria’s borders.

The smallest American assault on Syria would trigger a strong reaction and make the path toward the liberation of Palestine smoother, Naqdi said, hinting that Israel would bear the brunt of this reaction.

Iran and the other nations of the region will respond to America’s illegal involvement in the Syrian conflict and act against it, Naqdi said at a press conference commemorating Iranian victims of terrorist attacks.

“America’s day of reckoning has come today,” Naqdi said. “If international groups do not take steps against these crimes, the people of the world certainly will, teaching that cruel regime a lesson.”

He added that Washington used false pretexts to attack, occupy and loot various countries, and claimed that America’s chemical weapons charges against Syria masked its real intent — world domination.

The solution, he said, was to awaken the American people to the fact that their resources and reputation were being sacrificed for the well-being of the “criminal” Zionist regime — the elimination of which, Naqdi said, would render all the region’s problems a thing of the past.

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