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Iran warns against foreign military intervention in Syria

Last Updated: Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 00:23

Tehran: Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi Saturday warned against military intervention by foreign forces in Syria, the ISNA news agency reported.

If the foreign forces enter Syria, "for sure, there will be a big crisis in the region and definitely the losers of the (potential) crisis will be the Westerners and the supporters of the Zionist regime (of Israel)", Vahidi was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

The minister stressed that Iran has no military forces in Syria, and that the Syrian government has not asked Tehran to do so.

He said Syria has a powerful military and enjoys public support, and therefore Syrians themselves can deal with the foreigners` "adventurism" in their own country.

The Syrian conflict has claimed 14,000-20,000 lives since March 2011, according to estimates by Syrian opposition groups and the UN.


First Published: Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 00:22
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