MP: Syrian Army to Wipe Off Terrorists before 2014 Election
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian lawmaker said on Tuesday that terrorist groups in Syria have realized that the Syrian army will be able to rout them before the 2014 presidential election.
“The Syrian terrorists have come to the conclusion that the Syrian army will be able to give them a crushing defeat before the 2014 presidential election,” Hassan Sobhaninia said in his speech in the parliament.
He emphasized that last week's “suspicious chemical attack” against the Syrian people could not have been the work of the army, and that it was a pre-planned pretext to forestall the defeat of the terrorist groups.
Sobhaninia added that the consecutive defeats of armed groups backed by some regional and trans-regional countries convinced their enablers that military balance in Syria could not be achieved through such groups.
He went on to say that any military intervention in Syria would have grave consequences for the region and result in great losses for the US, a reference to earlier remarks by Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, where he said: “The US will suffer losses in Syria, as it did in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Sobhaninia added that foreign military intervention is like flickering a flame in a powder keg, which can have unthinkable consequences.
The US has been pushing for military action on Syria, after foreign-backed opposition forces accused President Bashar al-Assad’s government of carrying out a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21, a charge Syria has strongly dismissed.
US President Barack Obama, however, stopped short of ordering a strike on Saturday and said he would seek the endorsement of Congress for any assault on Syria.
The American public is largely opposed to US military action against Damascus, as Americans are uneasy about seeing their country entangled in another war after US interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The US and France seem to be the only western countries ready to strike Syria, but recent opinion polls in both countries have shown strong opposition to a military involvement there.
Britain has already voted against taking any military action on Syria, and France has said it will not act without the United States as a partner.
On Sunday, US lawmakers questioned the possible unintended consequence of dragging the US into another military conflict and the wisdom of acting without broader international backing to share the burden.
The US Congress is due to reconvene on September 9 and will hold a vote on military action at some point after that.