IRGC Commander: Saudi Ground Intervention in Syria "Political Joke"

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Monday, 08 February 2016


Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hussein Salami downplayed the Saudi officials' decision to send forces to Syria under the banner of campaign against terror, adding that their deployment rhetoric is a "political joke".

"Saudi troop deployment to Syria is more like a political joke than a field reality, and we have precise estimates of them," Salami said in an interview with the state TV on Saturday night.

Noting that the Saudi ground forces are not able to fight against the Takfiri groups, he said, "This is psychological warfare with the intention to sell themselves as a force against terrorism, divert the public opinion from Yemen, and name themselves as the Arab world's leader."

Salami pointed to Riyadh's arms and financial aid to the Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria and the region, and said all those terrorist groups are the spawns of US, Israel, Britain, France and Saudi Arabia.

On Thursday, the Saudi Defense Ministry said it stood ready to deploy ground troops to Syria to allegedly aid the US-led anti-ISIL, also known as Daesh, coalition.

Riyadh has been a member of the US-led coalition that has been launching airstrikes against ISIL in Syria since September 2014, without the permission of Damascus or the United Nations. In December 2015, Saudi Arabia started its own Muslim 34-nation coalition to allegedly fight extremism.

Daesh or ISIL/ISIS is a Wahhabi group mentored by Saudi Arabia and has been blacklisted as a terrorist group everywhere in the world, including the United States and Russia, but Saudi Arabia.

Syria, Tehran and Moscow have issued stern warnings to Riyadh, stressing that the Saudi intruders, who in fact intend to rescue the terrorists that are sustaining heavy defeats these days, will be crushed in Syria.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said Saturday that any ground operation in Syria without Damascus' approval is an "act of aggression", warning that the Saudi aggressors "would go back home in coffins".

In Tehran, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Saudi Arabia doesn't have the guts to send its armed forces to Syria.

"They claim they will send troops (to Syria) but I don’t think they will dare do so. They have a classic army and history tells us such armies stand no chance in fighting irregular resistance forces," Jaafari told reporters in Tehran on Saturday.

"This will be like a coup de grâce for them. Apparently, they see no other way but this, and if this is the case, then their fate is sealed," he added.

Jaafari, said this is just cheap talks, but Iran welcomes the Saudi decision if they decide to walk on this path.

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