Syria will react to any US aggression: Iran defense min.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has warned the United States and proponents of a military strike on Syria against the dire consequences of such an action, stressing that the Syrian government will respond to any act of aggression.

“The Syrian government and [President] Bashar Assad will not stay put and allow others to topple their political establishment or bomb their people without showing any reaction,” he said on Iran’s state-run television late on Monday.

“Certainly, such a reaction will be shown based on a political decision made by the Syrian leaders, and will cause a new round of retaliatory attacks in the region and will possibly drag others into the battle,” he added.

Dehqan stated that the US cannot launch a ground incursion into Syria and topple the government of President Assad, adding that Washington can only carry out airstrikes on certain targets inside Syria but will not be able to overthrow the incumbent Syrian government.

The Iranian defense minister emphasized that the US military cannot occupy Syria, and a military action against the Arab country will only seek to overshadow the recent Syrian Army’s gains in its battles against terrorist groups operating inside the country.

He advised US officials to think wisely about the repercussions of a military strike on Syria as such an act will be like a spark in a powder keg with uncontrollable consequences.

Dehqan said Takfiri militants and terrorists from all countries have come together in Syria to fight the Syrian nation and government, adding that they are likely to transcend the Syrian borders and spread like a virus to create instability and insecurity elsewhere.

“I believe that the US intervention … will lead to the spread of the crisis, creation of a security vacuum and Americans’ being stranded in the region like [they have already been] in Afghanistan and Iraq,” the Iranian defense minister pointed out.

The call for military action against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack against the militant strongholds on the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

Damascus has vehemently denied the accusation, saying the chemical attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.

The Iranian minister also said, “Following the collapse of the British Empire half a century ago, Americans have been consistently trying to impose a political, military and economic hegemony on the world.”

He noted that Washington’s hegemony over the Middle East seeks to ensure Israel’s security, and a non-stop flow of energy from the Middle East region to other countries.

By Press TV


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