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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