Chemical Weapon Claim 'Pretext' to Hit Syria, Says Khamenei

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Allegations the Syrian regime used chemical weapons last month are a "pretext" by the West to attack the country, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday.

Iran is Syria's main regional ally and has warned Western powers against intervening in the country's civil war, as the United States edges towards launching strikes against the Damascus regime.

Washington and its allies "are using the chemical weapon (allegation) as a pretext," and "are saying that they want to intervene for humanitarian reasons," said Khamenei.

"The United States is wrong about Syria, and it is certain they will suffer... just like in Iraq and Afghanistan," Khamenei told members of the Assembly of Experts, the body that supervises his work.

Separately, the chief of Iran's elite Quds Force unit, Qassem Soleimani, said Tehran will back Syria "until the end" in the face of possible U.S.-led military strikes.

Some analysts believe a wider goal of U.S. President Barack Obama's determination to launch strikes is to blunt Tehran's growing regional influence and any consequent threat to Washington ally Israel.

He did not elaborate on the nature of the support and Iran has constantly denied allegations by Western powers that it has sent military forces to prop up President Bashar Assad's embattled regime.

A year ago, the chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari, said members of the Quds Force foreign operations unit were in Syria to provide Assad's government with "counsel and advice".

President Hassan Rowhani said Iran will do "everything to prevent" an attack on the Syrian regime, according to extracts from statements published in the media.

"Any action against Syria is against the interests of the region but also against the friends of the United States in this region," he said.

"Such action will help nobody."

The U.S., France and other countries accuse Assad's forces of launching chemical weapons attacks on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, which they say killed hundreds.

Obama is seeking congressional backing as well as broader international support for punitive strikes on Assad's regime.

Iran has previously warned that any military action against Syria risks sparking a broader regional conflagration.

Comments 9
Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 05 September 2013, 13:02

these men such khemini must have dissapeared with dinosaurus.. a wizard from 2 thousand years ago serving as teacher and leader!
are we bound to be ignorant and stupid in the middle east?
If I have to take advices it will be from researches,doctors,professionals with highest degrees, not so called clerics and preachers which they dont know what they are talking about in the first place!They decide life and death and everything between..
there will be an anti cleric movement in the middle east such goats will fall under their people's feet! its only a matter of time..

Thumb Machia 05 September 2013, 13:07

The father of Mojtaba spoke after Putin did. He is more worried about Mojtaba's future than his peoples.
After all, according to Wikipedia, "Mojtaba is reported to have a strong influence over his father and is talked about as his possible successor."
"He is also "widely believed to control huge financial assets."

What a bunch of thieves and murderers the Syrian and Iranian regimes are. What a wast of lives and resources.

Thumb Machia 05 September 2013, 13:10

I say bomb the Iranian revolutionary guard to smithereens. This would teach themn a lesson.

Thumb _-_wolf_-_ 05 September 2013, 13:49

Likewise to the Israeli MILITIA Machia !
They are not worthy to be with us in the Region , these murderious psychopathic sectarian paranoid Sons of -------! Looks like a mirror image to the counterpart yeh ?
Signed Wolf !

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 05 September 2013, 13:57

annihilate the revolutionary guards to remind others not to fear Iran, its the biggest hoax of the 21th century

Missing sergio 05 September 2013, 15:38

dakhlak ya rbaker what were the sources of these leaked emails IRNA news agency or SANA ? pathetic

Missing sergio 05 September 2013, 15:43

ya wolf with all do respect Israel coexixted with Arabs for centuried it is you & your filtthy Iranian friends that have no work in the region. please pack up & go back to Iran I am pretty sure Lebanon will be a lot better & in peace with their neighbors without your Hizzy militia.

Missing sergio 05 September 2013, 15:43

oops coexisted

Thumb EagleDawn 05 September 2013, 15:43

Just look at his face...... does he not resemble the devil? This is Waliy Al Faqih that they worship and surrender all to him.