Arab states would have a tough time deploying forces in Syria – Iranian MP
Tehran, Iran, February 6
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
The countries which have claimed to be considering on-ground military intervention in Syria should be warned that the "resistance movement" will not stand idle and will give them a harsh response, member of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Saleh Jokar said.
Tehran has always expressed support for the Syrian government since it views President Bashar Assad as its main strategic ally in the region and as part of an "axis of resistance" against Israel.
Even if they do employ forces, which will most likely be a US-backed proxy war, they will face great problems because they are already having many harsh situations to deal with, the MP told Trend February 6.
Bahrain has announced it is ready to deploy ground forces to Syria under the Saudi leadership as ant-Assad militants are losing ground in the face of the Syrian army advances.
The announcement by Bahraini Ambassador to Britain Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa on Friday came after Saudi Arabia said it was ready to send troops to Syria.
The Bahraini diplomat said the Saudi initiative was meant to combat both the IS terrorist group (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, himself formerly commander of the IRGC, said Friday in an Instagram post that a regional war is likely to flare up if Saudi forces are dispatched to Syria.
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are members of the US coalition that has been conducting air raids inside Syria since September 2014.
Jokar also raised the possibility that rather than to aim real action, the announcement is meant to act as a morale-booster to the "terrorist" fighters who have recently lost much ground to Assad forces.
Iran itself has officially announced it is backing the Syrian Army with military consultation against terrorists which have been waging war in the Arab country for over five years.
Jokar noted that military intervention in another country is against international regulations, not to mention that tension will lay negative impacts on all regional countries.