Tehran Offered to Host Assad’s Family

Tehran Offered to Host Assad’s Family

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said Tehran has offered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s family residency in Iran, but he refused arguing his family is no different from other Syrian families. The Syrian president was informed about the offer by Major General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Qods Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, but Assad “declined the offer”, saying his family “is like the rest of Syrian families and they will remain in Damascus”, said Alavi in a recent interview with Lebanese television station al-Mayadeen. The minister said the “plot against Syria” began when Damascus sided with Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah on the Israeli aggression against Lebanon in July 2006. The minister also said the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group has been hatching “plots and conspiracies” against Iran from the city of Raqqah, its de facto capital in Syria, among other places, adding that if Iran had not fought terrorism in Syria and Iraq, it would have had to do so in its western provinces.

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