Who against whom in Syria?
February 6, 2016
From the Persian point of view:
DUBAI: The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard said Saturday Saudi Arabia lacked the courage to go through with a plan to send ground troops to Syria, and warned they would be wiped out if they went in.
Mohammad Ali Jafari’s blunt words on the Fars news agency were Iran’s first official reaction to a statement from its regional rival Saudi Arabia this week that it was ready to join ground operations in Syria if a U.S.-led military alliance decided to start them.
“(The Saudis) have made such a claim but I don’t think they are brave enough to do so … Even if they send troops, they would be definitely defeated … it would be suicide,” Jafari was quoted as saying.
Iran has already sent forces to Syria to back its ally President Bashar Assad in his country’s five-year-old civil war. Washington and its allies have backed rebels fighting Assad and say he must eventually step down.
(Daily Star of Lebanon News)
From the Syrain point of views
DAMASCUS: Syria’s government warned Saturday that its forces would resist any foreign ground intervention after reports that Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which both support rebel forces, could send in troops.
“Any ground intervention on Syrian territory without government authorization would amount to an aggression that must be resisted,” Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said at a news conference in Damascus.
“Let no one think they can attack Syria or violate its sovereignty because I assure you any aggressor will return to their country in a wooden coffin, whether they be Saudis or Turks,” he warned.
Riyadh Thursday left open the possibility of deploying soldiers, offering to “contribute positively” if the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group decided on ground action.
And Russia, which along with Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran is a major ally of Assad, has accused Turkey of “preparations for an armed invasion” of Syria, a claim which Ankara has dismissed.
(Daily Star of Lebanon)