Military strike will worsen Syria crisis: Iran defense minister

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says military intervention in Syria will worsen the crisis in the Arab country, causing it to spill over into neighboring states.

“Basically, not only will the use of force and violence fail to relieve tensions but will also intensify the crisis and cause it to spread to other political entities,” Dehqan told his Syrian counterpart, Fahd Jassem al-Freij, in a telephone conversation on Thursday.

“The real losers of any war in the region will be those who initiate it,” he warned, saying Iran is closely monitoring the developments in Syria.

Freij, for his part, dismissed claims by Western countries accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in an attack on the suburbs of Damascus last week.

He blamed the deadly attack on anti-government terrorists attempting to rally more support from their transregional and regional backers, deflect the world’s public opinion from their recent embarrassing losses, and justify the continuation of their crimes.

The Syrian minister vowed that the army and people of Syria are well prepared to counter any act of aggression against their country and crush the invaders.

The US and other western countries have adopted the rhetoric of war against Syria over allegations that the Syrian government was behind a recent chemical attack near Damascus.

The call for military strike intensified after the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed on August 21 that hundreds had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.

Syria has categorically rejected the claim as a false flag operation.

By Press TV


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