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'Anti-Iran rumors target Syria security'
Scores of security forces have reportedly been killed in clashes with armed groups across Syria.
Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:16AM
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Political analysts say the West is seeking to spark a civil war in Syria through rumors that Iran gives equipment and logistical support to the Syrian government to quell unrest in the Arab country.


The recent unconfirmed media reports that the Islamic Republic is helping al-Assad's government crackdown on anti-government protests are part of plots to crumble the Syrian army and plunge the Arab nation into insecurity.

Recently, Agence France Presse (AFP) claimed to have interviewed a defected Lieutenant Colonel in the Syrian army.

The man, who identified himself as Hussein Harmoush, told AFP that he had seen “Iranian snipers with Hezbollah membership” in the Damascus suburb of Saqba.

"I remember well in Damascus, in the Saqba district, I saw people demonstrating” and “with my own eyes I saw snipers positioned on upper floors, Iranian Hezbollah snipers who fired on the crowd," Harmoush told AFP.

The remarks come as no independent media outlet has confirmed the account.

Iran has vehemently denied any involvement in the Syrian crackdown, highlighting that it is other countries, in particular the United States and Israel, which are supporting "terrorist" actions in Syria.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast in a Monday statement censured the United Kingdom over claims that Tehran government provides Syria with advice, equipment, and training on how to crush the opposition.

Mehmanparast also said it is Britain that has on occasion intervened and escalated tensions in the Middle East and Persian Gulf states.

This is while the US in past weeks has smuggled weapons into Syria by Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to create internal strife in the country.

Last Friday, Hezbullah strongly denied media reports accusing the Lebanese resistance movement of being involved in the ongoing clashes in Syria, describing them as “rumors aimed at inciting sectarian tensions.”

“Lately, some Arab and Israeli media outlets and a number of websites have been circulating rumors accusing Hezbollah of being involved in the military confrontations taking place in some Syrian regions,” Hezbollah said in a statement.

Such media outlets, according to the statement, are “part of the same conspiracy targeting Syria and the resistance movements” in the region.

The Syrian government has repeatedly blamed foreign infiltrators and extremist groups for killing civilians and security forces, and creating chaos in the country.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to bring those behind the killings to justice

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