The Iranian military’s top brass blames Washington for its siding with al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria, warning of consequences in the event of a possible US strike on the Arab country.
The US, which has invaded countries in the region under the big lie of battling al-Qaeda following the September 11 [2001 attacks ], is now fighting in favor of al-Qaeda in Syria,” Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi stated on Friday.
Firouzabadi said the US war threats against Syria are aimed to compensate for the recurrent losses of al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri militants, who have been receiving military training from US, in their struggle against the Syrian Army, and to weaken Syria by forming anti-Damascus alliances.
“American people will realize that the White House’s warmongering pretext called al-Qaeda was a big lie the US rulers told the American nation,” he stressed.
The Iranian general also noted that the US war rhetoric can bring about massive problems for other powers.
Firouzabadi said a US military intervention in Syria would cost Russia, for instance, its backyard of Caucasus, pushing Kremlin’s defense borders around Moscow.
Regional countries backing this cruel war will suffer serious losses,” he said.
He went on to say that Israel, which has been spearheading efforts to drag Washington into a war against the Syrian government, would also be hit by retaliatory attacks if the US launches an offensive on Syria.
The US has stepped up its war rhetoric against Syria after militants and the foreign-backed opposition accused the Syrian Army of having used chemical weapons to target militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.
The Syrian government has strongly rejected the accusations, but vowed to counter any act of aggression against the country.