Monday, September 17, 2012

Russia wants Iran involved over Syrian conflict

As the death toll in Syria grows ever higher, key Damascus ally Russia says it would support the departure of President Bashar al-Assad – but only if Syrians agreed that was what they wanted.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference it would be “unacceptable to impose” such a change from outside.

And Russia remains opposed to foreign military intervention which it says would have dire consequences for the region.

Lavrov admitted the situation was becoming “more alarming” and gave his backing to an international conference on the crisis.

But he added: “We want this conference to be effective. For this reason all parties who have influence in this conflict have to participate and Iran is one of these countries.”

That comment will displease Washington and Paris have already voiced opposition to the idea of Iran being invited. They accuse Tehran of aiding the Syrian government and pro-Damascus militia.

Meanwhile United Nations monitors are still working on evidence gathered at Mazreet al-Qubeir where rebels say government forces massacred 78 people on Wednesday.

The UN team finally managed to get access to the village on Friday and say they saw indications the Syrian army had been there.
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Confirmed: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in Syria

Iran has officially acknowledged for the first time that its Revolutionary Guards have been deployed in Syria.
The commander in chief of the powerful group said that personnel from the Quds division were providing “intellectual and advisory help.”
He added that Iran might get involved militarily if its ally Syria came under attack.
General Mohammad Ali Jafari told a news conference: “Because of the special situation in Lebanon and Syria, a number of Quds forces have been in those countries. However, that does not mean we have a military presence there.”
More video purporting to show the latest government bombardment of rebel positions in Syria has appeared on social media websites.
It’s claimed this is Damascus, but there is more apparently from Homs and Aleppo.
Rebels near the Turkish border appear in a video obtained by the Reuters news agency, preparing for what they say is a big push to seize the northern province of Idlib.
They claim to have disabled two military airports in the province already.
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