Iran’s defense minister contacts Syrian general

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan contacted his Syrian counterpart over the current conditions surrounding General Fahd Jasim al-Furayj’s country, cautioning that a US military strike would spread the Syrian crisis to its neighboring countries.

“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 said, in a phone conversation with his Syrian counterpart Lieutenant General Fahd Jasim al-Furayj

“The real losers of any war in the region will be those who initiate it,” the Iranian defense minister said, reiterating that Iran is closely monitoring the developments in Syria.

Lieutenant General Furayj, for his part, dismissed claims by Western countries accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in an attack on a suburban Damascus area last week.

The Syrian defense minister blamed the deadly attack on anti-government terrorists attempting to garner more support from their transregional and regional backers, distract the world’s public opinion from their recent embarrassing losses, and justify the continuation of their crimes.

Lieutenant General Furayj 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.

The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when sporadic pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government has boosted its political and military support to Takfiri extremists.

Washington has remained indifferent to warnings by Russia and other world powers about the consequences of arming militant groups.

By Fars News Agency


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