Iran Defense Minister in Damascus, says Will Help Rebuild Syria

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami

Senior Iranian officials have said their military presence in Syria is at the invitation of the Assad government and they have no immediate plans to withdraw.

The deployment of USS Ross with 28 Tomahawk cruise missiles on board to the Mediterranean as well as the arrival of other USA warships to the Persian Gulf and Qatar were part of the preparations for the attack, it added.

Russian Federation has positioned a considerable naval armada in the Mediterranean near Syria after accusing the US of plotting a false flag chemical weapons attack in rebel-held areas - and it looks like they're preparing for a fight with the U.S.

Syria surrendered its stockpile of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by the United States and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry.

Assad cited a number of policies taken by the U.S. administration in the region such as pulling out of Iran nuclear deal, imposing sanctions on Russian Federation and prolonging the war in Syria by supporting terror groups.

Assad's forces started hitting the province with air strikes and shelling this month in what appears to be a prelude to a full-scale government offensive. It has also consistently denied using chemical weapons over the course of the foreign-backed militancy, which gripped the country in 2011.




The deployment comes as Moscow accuses militants opposed to Syria's President Bashar Assad of planning to stage a false flag chemical weapons attack against civilians.

Last week, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said Iran should remove its forces from Syria.

At the weekend, Russian Federation repeatedly warned that Syrian-based terrorists were planning the attack in the militant-held province.

But Russia's massive navy buildup in Syria can't actually stop the U.S. from striking Syria in response to the Syrian government's chemical attacks, as it has twice in the past two years. The strike came one week after an alleged gas attack on the Damascus suburb town of Douma.

A Pentagon spokesman on August 27 called the latest Russian accusations "lies" and "propaganda", and a Syrian war monitor agreed.

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