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‘Invading Syria to heighten world wrath against US’

kazim5Addressing thousands of Tehrani worshipers at the central campus of the University of Tehran in his second sermon, Seddiqi highlighted the tense situation in the region, which is worsened due to US war threats.
Addressing thousands of Tehrani worshipers at the central campus of the University of Tehran in his second sermon, Seddiqi referred to the tense situation in the region, which is worsened due to US war threats, saying, “By dispatching troops to Afghanistan and Iraq the US got itself stuck in a quagmire of which it has still not been saved, and that country has turned into such a wretched and humiliated one that it is today holding to a rope that the Zionist regime has thrown its way, and is going to get itself drowned in another quagmire.”

He said that entering Syria will be willful, but exit form that quagmire will be beyond the US will, adding, “If the Americans will make such a big mistake, they should know that there will be no victory for them in such a war.”

The Iranian and Russian presidents, too, had in a telephone conversation, condemned the use of chemical weapons by anyone as intolerable, but stressed that the West should not defy international law and attack Syria on the basis of an unverified claim.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in their phone talk last Wednesday evening emphasized that any arbitrary military attack against Syria is a blatant violation of the international law, adding that such a move can only lead to more instability in the Middle East.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns use of chemical weapons anywhere and by anybody but believes that any pre-judgment on the issue can be dangerous,” Rohani said.

He also praised Russia’s stance on the issue, saying that it contributes to the establishment of peace in Syria.

Syria has a sensitive and strategic position and any military attack against it can cause instability all over the Middle East, President Rohani said, adding that a likely foreign military intervention there is therefore cause for serious concern.

He also called for more political and diplomatic efforts aimed at preventing a military intervention, and stated, “Such an attack can put at risk all the achievements of peace-loving countries.”

President Putin, too, said that international issues have become very complicated; adding that Russia, like Iran, believes that use of weapons of mass destruction including chemical weapons is unacceptable.

He also said that no authentic evidence has been presented on the use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria, and noted that Russia does not believe that Syrian government has used chemical weapons since they had the upper-hand in the fight with rebels and did not need to resort to such deadly weapons.

Putin added that if US has any evidence to prove that Syria used chemical weapons, as they claim, they should give their information to the UN inspectors.

Earlier, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei had underlined that military intervention in Syria will be harmful to the US, and noted that meddling of trans-regional countries in the region will only result in more antipathy towards them.

“If such a move (possible attack on Syria) takes place, the Americans will surely suffer losses just like what they underwent in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday, addressing Iranian cabinet members here in Tehran.

The Leader also described the US possible military intervention in Syria as “a disaster for the region,” adding, ”Trans-regional and foreign powers’ intervention in a country will result in nothing but igniting fire, and will also increase the nations’ aversion to them (meddling countries).”

“Such fire is like a spark in a powder keg, whose aftermath and ramification will be unclear,” Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out.

“The region is passing through sensitive and critical days,” the Leader cautioned.

The remarks by Ayatollah Khamenei came while the US and some of its western allies have announced their readiness to hit Syria, on the pretext of suspected chemical attack by the Syrian government.

Meantime, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed western allegations that he used chemical weapons as politically motivated and warned Washington any US military intervention would fail.

Failure awaits the United States as in all previous wars it has unleashed, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day, he said on Monday.

Assad also said Syrian government forces had been close to where rebel forces say chemical weapons were used last week. Would any state use chemical or any other weapons of mass destruction in a place where its own forces are concentrated? That would go against elementary logic, Assad stated.

• Egypt situation catastrophic for Islamic world
The interim Friday prayers leader of Tehran referring to the prevailing situation in Egypt said, “The Supreme Leader of the revolution said that we do not wish to interfere in the internal affairs of Egypt, but we cannot remain indifferent and watch massacring of the Egyptian citizens.

“Therefore, we expect those who care for the wellbeing of Egypt not to let a civil war break out there, as that will be another catastrophe for the Islamic world, and equals blinding the eyes of the Islamic Awakening movement,” he added.

Seddiqi emphasized that the entire Egyptian elites, politicians, and political parties’ efforts should therefore be focused on preventing a civil war, and providing for the presence of the entire groups’ representatives in a free and fair election.

Small protests in certain neighborhoods of Cairo, the capital, and larger demonstrations in other Egyptian cities have continued every night since Mr. Morsi’s ouster on July 3, despite an evening curfew, the suspension of due process and a wave of mass shootings and arrests by security forces that have decimated the Brotherhood.

But the group’s decapitation as an organizing force has made the continuing protest movement harder to predict or control, potentially increasing the chances of violence.

Now the expectation of American-led airstrikes against Syria has added a new variable. The prospect of Western military action in the region is overwhelmingly unpopular here across the political spectrum, even if it is to punish President Bashar al-Assad’s government for the unproven allegation of the use of chemical weapons.

If the strikes occur, they could swell the street protests, albeit from the other side. At the moment the loudest outcry against the threat of western strikes has not come from the Islamists but from groups that supported President Morsi’s ouster.

Fearful of the Islamist-dominated Syrian rebels, the new Egyptian government installed by Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi has gone further to oppose the strikes than any other ostensible American ally in the region. It has broken with the pattern of reliable cooperation with Washington shown by former President Hosni Mubarak and also, for the most part, by Mr. Morsi.

• Terrorist acts in Iraq aimed at intriguing sectarian strife
On the expanding dimension of unrest in Iraq and the series of daily bomb explosions and terrorist attacks against civilians there, Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi said, “A legal government is working in Iraq based on democratic votes of the people, but the people are massacred and the terrorist acts continue.”

He added, “This shows that some outside powers have with their money and their warfare commissioned the terrorists to wage a sectarian strife there, which has thus far been avoided thanks to the alertness of the Iraqi religious leaders, particularly the Grand Ayatollah Sistani.”

More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008, according to the UN.

In other attacks today, gunmen killed six members of al-Sahwa in an ambush on a checkpoint in Latifiya, a suburb 40km (25 miles) south of Baghdad.

Gunmen also stormed a Shi’a home in the same area, killing six family members, police and medical sources said.

In Kadhimiya, a neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad, two roadside bombs and one car bomb killed five people and wounded nearly 30, the sources said.

Four soldiers were killed and five were wounded in Madaen, southeast of Baghdad, by a roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol, police and medics said.

• Greater expectations from President Rohani
The interim Friday prayer leader of Tehran appreciated President Hassan Rohani for his fast introduction of his cabinet ministers to the Parliament, which he said was a sign of his will for serious and tireless work for the nation.
He all the same stressed that the system and the nation have greater expectations from the new president as he is a clergy.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday August 2nd endorsed Hassan Rohani as Iran’s new president. In a ceremony to mark the official start of Rohani’s first term in office here in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei endorsed Rohani’s presidency.

Based on Article 110 of Irans Constitution the President has to receive the Leaders approval.


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