Iran, Hezbollah ´to defend Syria from attack´ (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 07/03/12)
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Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah and Iran will fight alongside the
Syrian regime if it is attacked by foreign forces, a pro-Damascus
Palestinian militant leader said on Tuesday.
In the event of "a foreign attack, we discussed with our brothers (in
the Syrian regime), with (Hezbollah chief) Hassan Nasrallah and our
brothers in Iran, we will be part of this battle," said Ahmed Jibril
of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.
In an interview with Beirut-based Mayadeen television, Jibril said
that if a "Turkish-European alliance or NATO escalate... we will take
to the streets and fight on behalf of all those with honour and our
Jibril also cited Nasrallah as saying Hezbollah would fight on behalf
of the Syrian regime, and described the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance
as "one axis" that the PFLP-GC is part of.
He added that he met recently with Nasrallah, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, without
He also noted that the Hezbollah chief "said he would join this
battle, in the event of a foreign attack" on Syria.
The Iranian regime, he said, told him it would not allow a strike on
Syria. "We have warned the Turks several times not to play with
fire," Jibril said.
Echoing the Syrian regime´s discourse, the PFLP-GC chief said the 16-
month uprising against Assad was not a genuine local movement, but
rather "a change in the foundations of this region in order to create
a new Middle East," referring to a term coined in 2006 by former US
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Jibril described the defence of the Syrian regime as "a decisive
battle." Victory would be necessary, he said, in order to "defeat the
American and Zionist projects."
The PFLP-GC is a radical Palestinian faction that is based in
Damascus. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 07/03/12)
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