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Monday
Aug262013

Leaders of Syria, Iran Warn US Not to Get Involved in Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Syrian and Iranian officials have warned the U.S. not to respond militarily after allegations surfaced claiming that President Bashar al-Assad's regime is responsible for a chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb that left hundreds dead last week.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi told a Lebanese TV station Sunday that if Washington takes action against his country, "The basic repercussion would be a ball of fire that would burn not only Syria but the whole Middle East."

Al-Zoubi added that "an attack on Syria would be no easy trip."

Meanwhile, Massoud Jazayeri, Iran's deputy chief of staff of armed forces, referred to President Obama's previous statements about Syria crossing a "red line" if it's proven the government used chemical weapons against its own people.

He was quoted by the Fars News Agency as saying, "America knows the limitation of the red line of the Syrian front and any crossing of Syria's red line will have severe consequences for the White House."

Tehran remains one of Syria's few allies who supports al-Assad's efforts to remain in power after close to 30 months of war.

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