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Monday, January 14, 2013
President Assad Orders Commanders to Target Israel, US Interests if assassinated

President Assad Orders Commanders to Target Israel, US Interests "If
Assassinated"
News number: 9107135751 19:17 | 2013-01-14
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107135751

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ordered his army
commanders to target Israel and the US interests in the Middle East region
in case he is assassinated by the terrorists, informed sources said on
Monday.

President Assad's remarks came after he attended several meetings with his
senior commanders, and discussed the country's security situation with them,
the Algerian Al-Shorouq Oline newspaper quoted informed sources close to the
Syrian government as saying on Monday.

In the meetings presided by President Assad, Syria's top army commanders
told him that "the foreign hostile states will strive to assassinate him
instead of launching a military attack on Syria".

According to the report, a Persian translation of which was released by the
Iranian students news agency, the Syrian army commanders have told the
President that the spy agencies of certain western states and Syria's
neighboring countries have smuggled hi-tech missiles into Syria to provide
armed rebels and terrorist groups with a chance to target President Assad's
likely residence.

In response, President Assad has ordered his military commanders to target
Israel and the US positions in the region, specially in the Red Sea and the
Mediterranean Sea, if the western states succeed in assassinating him.

Earlier this month, President Assad voiced his readiness for dialogue with
the opposition and political parties in Syria. The Syrian leader also
proposed general elections, adoption of a new constitution as well as a
national reconciliation conference.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks
by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being
reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been
killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the
deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after
President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the
US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos
through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have
been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and
terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have
received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid
for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials,
reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration
has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian
Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control
infrastructure.

According to the report, material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib
near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out
of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the
black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian
military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi
Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars
in funding each month.

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