Syria army has ‘finger on the trigger’; Iran says US strike will trigger reactions ‘beyond’ Syria

Saturday, August 31, 2013
By Paul Martin
Aug 31, 2013

Syria’s army is ready for potential foreign strikes against it and has its “finger on the trigger,” Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said in comments carried Saturday on state television.

“The Syrian army is fully ready, its finger on the trigger to face any challenge or scenario that they want to carry out,” he said in a written statement aired on television.

Damascus has ratched up the rhetoric as the world waits to see if the United States and others decide to strike it in retaliation for a suspected gas attack blamed on the regime.

Meanwhile, the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards warned Saturday that a US strike on Syria would trigger reactions beyond the borders of Tehran’s key regional ally, ISNA news agency reported.

“The fact that the Americans believe that military intervention will be limited to within Syrian borders is an illusion; it will provoke reactions beyond that country,” commander Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted as saying.

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