Monday, 1 April 2013

MP Blasts West for Pressuring Syria to Save Israel

A senior Iranian legislator slammed the West for exerting pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Muslim country's people due to their pioneering role in resistance against Israel.
"The threat posed to the Zionist regime by the resistance front has driven the West to involve Syria and President Bashar al-Assad, as a leading supporter of the Palestinian causes, in a war of attrition," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abbasali Mansouri Arani said on Sunday.

He noted that Western allies of Tel Aviv are plotting various scenarios to create problems for countries which are leading the anti-Israeli resistance front.

The Iranian legislator further noted that Western countries are providing the armed opposition groups with "considerable" sums of cash on a daily basis "in order to achieve their own objectives".

Mansouri Arani said that Syrian armed rebels have turned into the lackeys of transregional power in a bid to fuel crisis in the Muslim country, but meantime he reiterated that the West has failed to weaken the resistance.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

According to the report, material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

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