MP Warns of Plot to Destabilize Southern Syria

MP Warns of Plot to Destabilize Southern SyriaMP Warns of Plot to Destabilize Southern Syria

Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi warned of plots hatched by the US and Israel against Syria, saying they intend to open new fronts south of the Arab country by backing terrorists.

"The Zionist regime [of Israel], the US and some of their allies have a joint project to support armed movements with the aim of opening new fronts in southern Syria," Boroujerdi said in an interview with Tasnim News Agency published on Friday.

"Some barracks and military bases have been built in Jordan to train armed terrorist groups with the support of the US," he said.

The parliamentarian said such measures are part of preparations for the dispatch of terrorists to the new fronts in southern Syria.

"There is a strong possibility of an armed movement in the southern fronts," Boroujerdi said, adding that the movement will definitely not succeed there.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group, currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others and displaced nearly half of the country's prewar population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

Iran has remained a close ally of Syria and supports its government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.