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Iran Threatens Israel for Syrian Air Strikes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BEIRUT) -- Iran will reportedly seek vengeance against Israel for a series of air strikes in Syria last week that targeted missiles heading to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reports Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, relayed a message of support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The message pledged "full and unlimited support from Iran, politically, militarily, and economically, to the Syrian leadership and people, against the takfiris, terrorists, Israel, the U.S., and all who dare attack this country."

Israel has not publicly confirmed the air strikes inside Syria although Tehran maintains the real targets were Iran and Hezbollah.

As for what kind of retaliation Iran has it mind, the newspaper quotes Iranian sources as saying there will be a two-pronged response.

The first is described as “blows under the belt in several locations," either inside or outside Syria's borders.

However, the second response appears more benign as Iran is talking about calling together 40 countries to Tehran in the next two weeks to "announce a new initiative for a Syrian solution," a reference to the ongoing conflict between al-Assad and opposition forces.

The Iranian sources also suggested that Israel was trying to undermine a new attempt at an international conference set up by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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