Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri says if Syria is attacked, it will hit the interests of the US and its allies.
“Those countries, which as US allies are proving militants with money, [military] equipment and bases, are within Syria’s reach and predictions indicate that nothing can stop a Syrian counterattack,” Jazayeri said on Sunday. He added that Syria is well aware of enemy actions and in the event of any US military action against the country it “will respond to fire with fire and [military] offensive with offensive.” The senior Iranian commander also condemned US threats of a military attack despite the massive anti-war front in the world. Jazayeri stated that the international community gives Syria the right to deliver a crushing response to enemies and invaders in its own defense. 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 on August 21. Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the chemical attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation. On August 31, US President Barack Obama said he had decided that Washington must take military action against the Syrian government, which would mean a unilateral military strike without a UN mandate. Obama said despite having made up his mind, he will take the case to the US Congress. But he added that he is prepared to order military action against the Syrian government at any time. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.