On April 11, Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, vowed to support the Damascus government against any attack of the US and its allies, according to Reuters news agency.
“We will stand by Syria’s government against any foreign aggression … Iran backs Syria in its fight against America and the Zionist Regime [Israel],” Ali Akbar Velayati told the Syrian state TV during his visit to the newly liberated Eastern Ghouta region.
Velayati added that Syria’s enemies are angry because of “its military advances against terrorist groups” in a hint to the recent successful operation in the Eastern Ghouta region and the US reaction to it.
Khamenei’s top adviser visit to Syria came only three days after seven Iranian officers and soldiers were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian T4 airbase in the eastern Homs countryside. Back then, Velayati promised that Iran will respond to the Israeli attack.
Iran will likely assist Syria in case of any possible large-scale attack by the US and its allies on the country. Teheran may step up its military aid to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and deploye more troops in the war-torn country. If the large-scale regional conflict erupts, Teheran may use its missile arsenal.