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FACTDROP: Syria is part of US plan to take over the Middle East, says top Iranian official


Syria is part of US plan to take over the Middle East, says top Iranian official

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Πηγή: The Times of Israel
August 18 2012

Syria is the battleground between an Islamic awakening across the Middle East and a US-dominated region, warned a top Iranian official Friday. The battle to topple Assad, the official said, is a US plan to take control of the Middle East, pointing to American involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq as examples.

“In Syria, we are faced with a final game between Iran and the US,” said Mohsen Rezaie, secretary of the Expediency Council that advises supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“If the US takes hold of Syria, the entire Islamic awakening will come under the US control — but if Syria remains unchanged, the Islamic Awakening [Iran's term for the Arab Spring] will advance more seriously and more speedily,” he added.

Rezaie described the “well-armed gangs” that attack Syrian police forces, referring to what he called Israeli, US and Arab plots to stir unrest in the country: “The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple [Syrian President] Bashar Assad.”

Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been providing arms to the Syrian opposition for several months.

The US national security establishment recently stated that Iran is helping and training Bashar Assad’s forces. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that Iran is doing more for the Syrian regime in recent weeks, including providing assistance and training.

“We do not think that Iran ought to be playing that role at this moment in time,” said Panetta.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Commander of the Aero-Space Forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Iran would react swiftly, decisively and destructively to counter aggression on its territory, in particular an Israeli airstrike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to an IRNA report.

Hajizadeh told the news agency that the Islamic resistance would not bypass an opportunity to avenge the “massacres” allegedly perpetrated by Israel against Palestinian targets and Iranian nuclear scientists. An Israeli strike would be “welcome,” he said, because it would give Iran a reason to retaliate and “get rid of” the Jewish state “forever.”

The top-ranking military official was reportedly responding to recent “threatening” remarks made by Israel against the regime in Tehran.

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