Member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis,
Javad Karimi Qoddousi
An Iranian lawmaker has described possible reaction from Tehran as the main reason behind Washington’s decision to give up the idea of a military strike on Syria.
“When our military commanders introduced Syria as the red line and Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei sensibly elaborated on Syria developments, Americans came to realize that Iran as the regional superpower can hamstring the US in the Middle East, and no power can ignore the Islamic Republic of Iran’s red lines,” member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis, Javad Karimi Qoddousi, said on Wednesday.
He noted that US officials chose not to suffer a heavy military and historical loss at the current juncture of their political life.
The Iranian MP also said Syria is regarded as the axis and the birthplace of the anti-Israel resistance front in the Middle East region, adding that countries supporting the resistance front in Syria have lined up against the United States.
Karimi Qoddousi further noted that possible reactions from Hezbollah and the Damascus government were other reasons that averted the US military action against Syria.
“Americans knew that if they attacked Syria, their warships and destroyers deployed to the Mediterranean Sea would be struck by resistance missiles...” Karimi Qoddousi noted.
The US has based its recent threat of striking Syria on the unsubstantiated accusation that the Syrian government was behind a chemical attack in Damascus on August 21. The Syrian government has categorically rejected the allegation.
The White House, however, says it has no “irrefutable” evidence of the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons and that only a “strong common-sense test irrespective of the intelligence” suggests the Syrian army was responsible for the August gas attack.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The United Nations has reported that more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence.
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