Saudi Army Put On High Alert As Iranian Generals Threaten With Retaliatory Attack
31 August 2013
By Ahmed Abdullah
Army of Saudi Arabia is put on high alert against the
background of the West's intention to attack Syria,
Arab media reported.
The control center of Saudi Land Forces ordered all
military units to constantly send reports on the state
of their readiness.
Previously, some Western countries as well as Turkey
called for intervention in Syria after another
aggravation of the situation in the country. Turkish
Foreign Minister immediately flew to Riyadh for
intensive consultations with the Saudis.
American television channel NBC, quoting official
sources, said that an attack on Syria could be occurred
as early as Thursday, August 29. Other Western media
do not name specific dates, is still limited to
speculation that the military operation will be
conducted in the coming days.
Analysts predict that the US and its allies will
inflict symbolic attacks on Assad's army. In this
case, the attack will be swift and brief - within a
day or two cruise missiles fired from four US
destroyers stationed in the Mediterranean, will strike
military, command and infrastructure facilities in
Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, with reference
to NBC, reported that US President Barack Obama is
preparing for a three-day punitive military operation,
which may begin in the night from Thursday to Friday.
This event will be a warning to Assad, but will not be
continued, observers predict.
This version was confirmed by western leaders who made
it clear that there was no aim to overthrow the Assad
regime or cripple its war machine. One of the main
goals is Washington's attempt to gather at the
negotiating table representatives of Assad and rebels,
and to direct their efforts to fight the Mujahideen in
Some analysts does not rule out that the strikes of
western countries on Syria will be more intense and
widespread than expected. The US then recede into the
shadows and the troops of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and
Qatar will go in.
It is to be recalled that on Wednesday, Aug. 21, media
reported a large-scale use of chemical weapons by
The victims of the attack were up to 1.3 thousand
people. The US government said it had evidence that it
was Assad who used chemical weapons against the
Earlier, US president said that the use of chemical
weapons would be a "red line" for the regime of Bashar
al-Assad. After this warning, Assad repeatedly used
chemical warfare agents, but Washington did not
respond to these facts.
It is newsworthy that Americans and their allies
transfer navy and air force troops to the coast of
Syria, it is possible that intervention could start.
Iranian Generals Threaten With
Retaliatory Attack On 'Israel'
Meanwhile, IRGC commander Jafari warned that
America "will face another Vietnam" in case of an
attack on the Assad regime. He said America's new
warmongering would lead to the obliteration of
As reported by Iranian state PressTV, Jafari's remarks
were echoed by the chief of staff of Iran's armed
forces, general Firouzabadi, who said any military
action against the Assad regime would burn "Israel" in
Iranian media also reported that Iranian president
Rouhani and Putin had agreed on the phone to step up
efforts to prevent any military action against the
In turn, Communist China' FM Yi said that "the Syrian
issue could only be solved in a political way". The
head of Communist China's diplomacy stressed that
"military intervention from outside fundamentally
contradicts basic principles of the UN charter and
basic norms of international relations".
Meanwhile, Obama announced that Washington concluded
that the Assad regime was behind the chemical weapon
attack against civilians in the suburbs of Damascus
According to him, the use of chemical weapons affects
American national interests, and a preemptive strike
would have a beneficial impact on further developments
However, in an interview to an American public
broadcaster, the PBS, Obama said he had not yet made a
definite decision regarding military intervention in
Washington's reaction followed after the UN came to a
England insists that permanent members of the UN sec
council adopt unanimously a resolution aimed at
protecting Syria's civilian population, which de facto
implies a military attack.
However, a Syria's ally, Putin's Russia, opposes
intervention in Syria, and blocks attempts by the sec
council to adopt a joint resolution.
Against this backdrop, America asked the UN to leave
Syria as soon as possible. It is reported that UN
inspectors should leave Syria on Friday.