Iran is escalating its threat to respond forcefully against outside interference in the Syrian conflict, despite already having 15,000 of its own troops inside Syria to help put down the rebellion that threatens the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Mashregh News, a media outlet run by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps,reported in March that the Islamic republic’s armed forces have established a “joint war room” with both Syria and the terrorist group Hezbollah.
The trio aim to provide a coordinated response to any American aggression against Syria or Iran, which Mashregh News said would include counterattacking with missiles aimed at Israel and American assets in the region.
According to the Fars News Agency, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered a warning recently during his recent meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “The Islamic Republic will defend Syria,” FNA reported that message read, “because of its support for the resistance front against the Zionist regime [Israel], and is vehemently opposed to any intervention by foreign forces in Syrian internal affairs.”
Even as a shaky truce began to take hold in Syria over the weekend, on Saturday the United Nations Security Council approved sending 30 military advisers to oversee the cease-fire. That truce had already begun to unravel by Monday as Syrian forces shelled the cities of Homs and Idlib.
Late last week the Iranian media outletResalat revealed some details of recent negotiations between former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Iranian leaders in Tehran.
Iran’s demands, Resalat reported, included the recognition that “any change and/or reform [in Syria] can only be recognized under Assad’s direction.”..read more