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Iran's Guards Commander warns of regional consequences of US attack on Syria


Source: Press TV

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari has warned against the regional consequences of a US military attack on Syria. "The US opinion about its ability to limit a military intervention to Syria is nothing more than an illusion. The reactions will go beyond Syrian borders," Jafari said on Saturday.

Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari

Jafari added that Washington's failure to create a coalition to wage a new war in the Middle East region has led the US to seek a military intervention limited to Syria.

The Iranian commander advised Washington to learn from its experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Just as US meddling in the Muslim world has led to the spread of extremism, violence and terrorism, attacking Syria will intensify the spread of extremism," Jafari added.

On August 21, the militants operating inside Syria accused the government of launching a chemical attack on the militants' stronghold, which claimed 1,300 lives in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.

A number of Western countries, including the US, France, and the UK, were quick to adopt the rhetoric of war against Syria despite the fact that Damascus has categorically rejected the claim as baseless, announcing later the chemical attack had actually been carried out by militants themselves as a false flag operation.

The UN said earlier that an analysis over the use of chemical weapons in Syria would take time after the inspectors collected samples from the site of the attack.

Any US attack on Syria to engulf entire Middle East: Rafsanjani

Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani says a potential US strike on Syria will not be limited to the Arab country and would engulf the entire region.

Hashemi Rafsanjani (R) with President Hassan Rohani at the Expediency Council session

Rafsanjani on Saturday expressed concern about mounting tensions in Muslim countries, saying the height of these tensions were in Syria.

"It seems that the main objective of US adventurism in the region is not limited to Syria and engulfs the entire region."

"...a US attack and aggression will probably not be confined to Syria and the outbreak of war in this country and in fact their dangerous warmongering game could engulf the entire region," he said.

Rafsanjani warned the US and its allies against attacking Syria and said they might start the war of their own will but the end of this war would be out of their control.

He also underlined the strategic significance of Syria in the region and said Damascus was the stronghold of resistance against the Zionist regime.

The rhetoric of war against Syria primarily intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

However, Damascus has categorically rejected the claim, and announced that the chemical attack had actually been carried out by the militants themselves as a black operation.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that Washington is still seeking an "international coalition" for a potential attack on Syria.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria that started in 2011.

On Wednesday, the British government, the closest US ally, had announced that its support for military intervention in Syria would require a second vote in the country's parliament. A first non-binding vote in the British legislature on August 29 rejected British presence in a potential war on Syria.

On Friday, NATO also distanced itself from participating in any military intervention in Syria, with the chief of the Western military coalition, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, saying he did not "foresee any NATO role" in an international war on Syria.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.

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