Iranian defense minister visits Syria to ‘strengthen cooperation’

Iranian defense minister visits Syria to ‘strengthen cooperation’

Iranian defense minister visits Syria to ‘strengthen cooperation’

Senior Iranian officials have said their military presence in Syria is at the invitation of the Assad government and they have no immediate plans to withdraw.

If Russia were to counterattack US Navy ships firing on Syria, the US would most likely crush it in short order.

The gathering of Russian ships comes as Syrian regime forces turn their attention towards Idlib, a holdout rebel-held province on the border with Turkey.

The deputy minister said that many nations, including Russian Federation itself, have already felt the effects of this abuse and emphasized the conclusion that "it is necessary to diversify the world's reserve currencies, expand trade in other currencies, and adopt schemes to dodge American banks".

"Just so there's no confusion here, if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time".

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Which goes back to the previous reports of a false flag attack, which had British special forces moving chlorine tanks into rebel-held areas, to be released to stage a chlorine gas attack, which would provide the United States a pretext to attack Syrian military targets. It has been hit by a wave of air strikes and shelling this month in a possible prelude to a full-scale government offensive.

Moscow has accused rebels of planning to stage a chemical attack in the northwestern province that would "provoke" Western strikes on its ally Damascus.

The chemicals were delivered to an arms depot, used by the militant group Ahrar al-Sham, "accompanied by the eight members of the White Helmets organization", Tsygankov said, adding that the cargo was met by two high-ranked Ahrar al-Sham commanders.

In April, the US, United Kingdom and France bombed three government sites in Syria, targeting suspected chemical weapons facilities. The strike came one week after an alleged gas attack on the Damascus suburb town of Douma. It has also consistently denied using chemical weapons over the course of the foreign-backed militancy, which gripped the country in 2011.

"These are mere allegations and lies aimed at preparing the ground for the battle for [retaking] Idlib", Rami Abdel-Rahman, the head of London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told the dpa news agency.

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