Tehran also has its “red line”

Posted on August 27, 2013


Tehran also has its “red line”
Jean-Pierre Perrin
Iran warns U.S. of “dire consequences” if U.S. intervention. Washington for its part said to be ready to act if necessary against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, accused of throwing a massive chemical attack in a suburb of Damascus on Wednesday
the conflict in Syria, Iran, the main ally of Damascus with Moscow also has its “red line.” The Islamic regime has said Sunday preventing Washington “harsh consequences” that awaited him if he launched a military operation in Syria. The threat was launched by Commander Massoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, which confirms that the Syrian file beyond the control of the new president Hassan Rohani and is managed by the Directorate military of the country, not only by the al-Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards (the unity of the body of the Revolutionary Guards in charge of external operations).

This is the first time that the high Iranian military hierarchy directly threatens the United States and speaks of “red line.” It follows the words of U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel saying that Barack Obama had asked the Department of Defense “to prepare several options for action” against the Syrian regime after reports that the Syrian army has used weapons chemicals near Damascus. He added that U.S. forces were ready to intervene regardless of the option chosen, but that Washington was still being evaluated.

Following the lead of Tehran, the Syrian regime has also warned the United States that any military intervention “would create a fireball that inflame the Middle East.” It would not be a “picnic” insisted Omran Zoabi, Syrian Information Minister.

For this warning to Washington, Tehran confirms that the war in Syria is indeed an existential problem. This is not the first time ever in February, Mehdi Taeb, a religious of the inner circle of advisors of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, acknowledged dependence upon Iran to the situation in Syria. “Syria is the 35th province and a strategic province for us,” he said at a gathering of Basij (the militia of the plan) in Tehran. Finally, he acknowledged that the Syrian army, formerly “strong”, “no longer had the ability to manage only a war inside the cities.” Another concern for Tehran Riyadh masquerading as a pipeline in Syria if the regime falls, thereby depriving the Strait of Hormuz as Iran control of its strategic importance.

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