US Approach to Syria “Paradoxical”

US Approach to Syria “Paradoxical”US Approach to Syria “Paradoxical”

The Iranian Armed Forces’ chief of staff said the US push for the overthrow of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad would only boost the so-called Islamic State terrorist group, recommending that Washington put aside such a “paradoxical” approach if it really wants to fight terrorism.

The Americans should know that if Syria lacks a ruling government and if they oppose and attack Assad, they will only strengthen IS, and this is a “strategic paradox”, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said on Saturday, according to Tasnim News Agency.

The top military official stressed that it is unacceptable to stage a war on IS and at the same time attack a president who is battling terrorism.

“The Americans should abandon their wrong, paradoxical policy so that the fight on terrorists in Syria favors international peace and security,” he said.

Commenting on a Friday resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council for forging a global campaign against IS, Firouzabadi said recent terrorist attacks in Paris finally “awakened the West” and made them aware of Iran’s previous warnings that the scourge of terrorism is not confined to a specific region but threatens the whole world.