Assad Warns: Syria’s ‘fire’ could Reach Jor­dan

ARA News

On Wednes­day, the Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-​Assad warned in a threat­en­ing tone that the war in Syria could reach Jor­dan, accus­ing the Jor­dan­ian author­ity of allow­ing rebels and arms free move­ment across its bor­ders. Assad’s state­ment came dur­ing an inter­view with the Syr­ian offi­cial al-​Ikhbariya television.

“I can­not believe that hun­dreds (of rebels) are enter­ing Syria with their weapons while Jor­dan is capa­ble of arrest­ing any sin­gle per­son with a light arm for going to resist in Pales­tine,” Assad stated, adding: “We would wish that our Jor­dan­ian neigh­bors real­ize that the fire will not stop at our bor­ders; all the world knows Jor­dan is just as exposed (to the cri­sis) as Syria.”

In a linked devel­op­ment, the U.S. plans to deploy about 200 troops in Jor­dan, recent reports revealed.

Accord­ing to the Jor­dan­ian Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion, the dete­ri­o­rat­ing sit­u­a­tion in Syria is the main rea­son for the U.S.‘s plan to deploy troops in Jordan.

“The deploy­ment of the troops is part of U.S.-Jordanian mil­i­tary coop­er­a­tion to boost the Jor­dan­ian armed forces in light of the dete­ri­o­rat­ing sit­u­a­tion in Syria,” Momani told AFP.

Prsi­dent Assad said that Europe and the U.S. are ‘play­ing with fire’ by sup­port­ing the ‘ter­ror­ists’ in Syria.

“The West has paid heav­ily for fund­ing al-​Qaeda in its early stages. Today it is doing the same in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price in the heart of Europe and the United States,” Assad said.

Al- ​Nusra Front, a jihadist armed group fight­ing along­side the oppo­si­tion against the régime’s forces in Syria, declared its alle­giance to Ayman al-​Zawaheri, al-Qaeda’s cur­rent chief, in a state­ment issued by the group last week. the state­ment angered a large part of the oppo­si­tion and was opposed by var­i­ous brigades from the Free Syr­ian Army (FSA), the opposition’s main armed wing.

In a refer­nce to the alleged ‘con­spir­acy’ against Syria, Assad said: “From the first day of the ongo­ing cri­sis, all the inci­dents tak­ing place in Syria are dic­tated and planned from abroad.”

“We are fac­ing a new war, a new method” with fight­ers, some of whom are Arabs, not Syr­i­ans,” the pres­i­dent said in the hour-​long inter­view, adding that the “army is not fight­ing a war to lib­er­ate Syr­ian ter­ri­tory, but a war on ter­ror. There is a bid to invade Syria with forces com­ing from the out­side, of dif­fer­ent nation­al­i­ties, though they fol­low new, dif­fer­ent tac­tics from those fol­lowed by those who came to col­o­nize in the region, and from those used by the United States to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan. There is an attempt at cul­tural col­o­niza­tion, mean­ing ide­o­log­i­cal inva­sion, in Syria, lead­ing in one of two direc­tions. Either Syria becomes sub­servient and sub­mis­sive to the big pow­ers and the West, or it becomes sub­servient to obscu­ran­tist, extrem­ist forces. We need to hold on ever more strongly to the mean­ing of inde­pen­dence,” Assad argued in his inter­view with al-​Ikhbariya.

Insist­ing that he will not sur­ren­der, Assad con­cluded: “There is no option but vic­tory. Oth­er­wise it will be the end of Syria, and I don’t think that the Syr­ian peo­ple will accept such an option. The truth is there is a war and I repeat: no to sur­ren­der, no to submission.”


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