Sunday, January 27, 2013

Iran: Attack On Syria Is Attack On Us

Khamenei's aide Ali Akbar Velayati with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, January 14, 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

Iran Issues Threatening Warning Against Attack On Syria -- L.A. Times

A top Iranian official's comments come as the first NATO-deployed Patriot missile batteries are declared operational along Turkey's border with Syria.

BEIRUT — Any foreign attack on Syria would be considered an attack on Iran, a senior Iranian official warned Saturday as the first Patriot missile batteries were declared operational along Turkey's tense border with Syria.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's decision to deploy six Patriot missile batteries in Turkish borderlands has rankled the Syrian government and its chief allies, Iran and Russia.

Tehran and Moscow view the move as a provocation that could escalate hostilities and widen the almost 2-year-old Syrian conflict. About 400 troops from the United States, Germany and the Netherlands are expected to accompany the Patriot batteries.

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More News On Iran`s Declaration That An Attack On Syria Is An Attack On Iran

Iran Official: Attack on Syria Is Attack on Us
-- ABC News
Khamenei aide: Attack on Syria is an attack on Iran -- Jerusalem Post/Reuters
Iranian Official Warns Against Attack On Syria -- Radio Free Europe
Attacking Syria tantamount to attacking Iran: Iranian official -- Global Post
Iran: An attack on Syria would be an attack on Tehran -- Al Bawaba
Ayatollah: Attacking Syria Would Mean War With Iran -- Policymic
Attack on Syria, strike against Iran, allies: Velayati --

My Comment: Iran is clearly worried on what is happening in Syria. These remarks are also an indication to me that Iran is laying the groundwork to justify greater involvement and intervention in the Syrian civil war.

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