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Iranian Parliament Speaker Calls US Plot to Attack Syria Premeditated Scenario
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned of the dire consequences of any military intervention in Syria for the region, and said the US is working on an attack on Damascus based on a preplanned scenario.

“It has been for months that the Americans have been preparing themselves to act against Syria,” Larijani told reporters.

He underlined that UN Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has also confirmed that the Americans have been preparing their forces since four months ago to act against the Syrian government, but “the Europeans were opposed to the move”.

On Saturday, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel claimed that the White House is studying different military options against Syria.

Hagel suggested the Pentagon is moving forces into place ahead of possible military action against Syria, even as President Barack Obama voiced caution.

On the same day, a senior Iranian lawmaker reiterated that the US is trying to repeat the Iraq scenario in Syria.

The US invaded Iraq in 2003 on the same excuse that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had stockpiled Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in the Arab country, but they found nothing there.

“The Americans are trying to exercise the same scenario in Syria that they implemented 10 years ago in Iraq, where they could not find even one kilogram of chemicals…,”  member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Hassan Asafari said.

He said the chemical weapons accusations leveled against the Syrian government are not worth and only meant to provide an excuse for a military intervention in the Muslim country.

The prominent legislator stressed that since the Syrian army has gained remarkable victories over the armed rebels and pushed them out of the Muslim country’s strategic cities, including Damascus and Homs, and also due to the fact that the West, specially the US, could not achieve its goals in Syria, they are trying to launch a military strike against the Syrian government and nation by involving the NATO.


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