Obama to leave bad image by Syria war: Iran FM

Obama to leave bad image by Syria war: Iran FM
Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:42:25

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US President Barack Obama would leave a bitter memory of his presidency if he orders an attack on Syria.

Zarif on Tuesday warned the US to reconsider its military ambitions in Syria, saying that “The Syria crisis is a trap set by Zionist pressure groups for this country (the United States)”.

If the White House gets involved in a war on Syria, said Zarif, US President Barack Obama will undoubtedly leave a very unpleasant memory of his presidency in peoples’ minds.

The top Iranian diplomat argued that any adventurism in Syria will ignite tension in the entire Middle East, adding, “If the crisis flares up, it cannot be confined to one region.”

The US has been mulling carrying out an airstrike on Syria by moving its naval forces closer to the Arab country while its Special Forces and CIA operatives reportedly are in Syria.

According to reports, US forces have been infiltrating Syria through Jordan borders during the recent months and groups of well trained militants have been sent to fight against Syrian army by CIA operatives in the kingdom.

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 on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus last week.

The Syrian Army strongly rejected any role in the alleged chemical attack, saying the accusations were fabricated to distract a visiting team of the UN chemical weapons experts and to cover up militants' losses.

Iran, Russia and China, among other countries, have warned against foreign military intervention in Syria, which has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.

A very large number of the militants operating inside Syria are reportedly foreign nationals.

The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and many more displaced since the outbreak of the violence.


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