Saturday, August 6, 2011
"An article, titled "Iran's Serious Stance in the Face of Syrian Events" and said to reflect Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps thinking, has warned that Syria would remain a strategic asset of Iran.
IRGC said Ankara was playing a double game, pretending to support democratic change while working to undermine Syria.
Iran, stressing its strategic interests, has warned Turkey to end intervention in Syria. IRGC has issued a harsh warning to Turkey to end activities in Syria. In an article in IRGC's weekly Sobh'eh Sadegh, the elite military force asserted that Turkish forces were crossing into Syria as part of a Western campaign to destabilize the regime of President Bashar al-Assad....
"The whole world is aware of Iran's relationship with Syria and Iran should not keep this hidden," the article said. "Should Turkish officials insist on their contradictory behavior and if they continue on their current path, serious issues are sure to follow. We will be put in the position of having to choose between Turkey and Syria. Syria's justification in defending herself along with mirroring ideological perceptions would sway Iran toward choosing Syria."
The article was published after Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei relayed a warning to President Barack Obama against U.S. intervention in Syria.
Teheran has also warned Turkey against helping Washington in a NATO-led missile defense umbrella aimed to stop Iranian attacks on Europe.
Khamenei raised the prospect that Turkey could be a target of Iran's huge missile arsenal.
"From Iran's standpoint, the Syrian leadership is in the midst of resolving its problems
, and as soon as foreign meddling stops, the Syrians will be able to revert back to normal," the IRGC article said."