TEHRAN: Any military action against Syria will have consequences beyond the region and leave Israel in flames, Iran’s army chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi said in remarks reported Thursday.
“Any military action against Syria will drive the Zionists to the edge of fire,” Firouzabadi said in a statement carried by official news agency IRNA.
His remarks came in response to reports of possible U.S.-led military strikes against Syria’s government – Iran’s chief regional ally – in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus last week.
The regime of President Bashar Assad and the rebel forces fighting to oust it accuse each other of carrying out the attacks that are said to have killed hundreds of people.
Firouzabadi, Iran’s most decorated general, said: “The US, Britain and their other allies will face losses by marching their armies into the region and Syria.”
“Any new [military] operation in the region will leave behind a lot of damage, which will be of interest to no one except the Zionists,” he said, warning that the fallout from the conflict would not be limited to the region.
His remarks echoed those of Iranian officials in recent days.
“The U.S. intervention will be a disaster for the region,” supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic Republic’s most powerful authority, said Wednesday.
“The region is like a gunpowder depot. [Its] future cannot be predicted” in case of any military strikes against Syria.