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Syrian MP Threatens Israel, U.S. Bases in the Gulf

Kurdish Syrian MP tells Hezbollah TV: If U.S. attacks us, we'll respond by targeting Israel and the American bases in the Gulf.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 9/12/2013, 6:13 AM

A Syrian lawmaker has threatened Israel and American bases in the Gulf, should his country be attacked.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated the comments made by Syrian MP Omar Ose during an interview with Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV on September 1.

Ose, a Kurdish Syrian, said that Iranian and Syrian missiles will target Israel and the American Gulf bases if the U.S. launches a strike on Syria in response to a chemical attack on August 21.

“I hope that I am wrong and that aggression against Syria will not take place, but in the event that it does, and we find ourselves at war – Camp As Sayliyah in Qatar is within the range of Syrian and Iranian missiles,” he threatened.

"The U.S. Marines base in Bahrain – the largest naval base in the world – and bases in Saudi Arabia will all become targets for the Syrian and Iranian strategic ballistic missiles,” said Ose.

“Israel will also be showered with tens of thousands of missiles, and the future of the Zionist Entity will be in question,” he declared.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has threatened the U.S. that it needs to be prepared for “every action” if it attacks Syria.

He previously warned that striking his country would risk triggering a regional war. Syria’s Deputy Information Minister Halaf Al-Maftah has threatened that his country will attack Israel in retaliation for a U.S. strike.

President Barack Obama downplayed Assad’s threats in a speech to the nation on Tuesday night.

“The Assad regime does not have the ability to seriously threaten our military,” said Obama, adding, “And our ally Israel can defend itself with overwhelming force, as well as the unshakable support of the United States of America.”