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13:35 | 2013-06-09

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Basij Commander Blasts US for Supporting Terrorists in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi lashed out at the US and its western allies for advocating terrorist groups in Syria, and said the rebels in the Muslim country are perishing and experiencing daily defeats despite all the supports provided for them.

"The US supports those who shoot at captives collectively, burn besieged people alive, use chemical weapons, hang three-year-old children, take out the hearts of the killed ones and do not even show mercy to the deceased and unearth the clean body of Hojr Ibn Oday 1,400 years after his death and do not exonerate themselves from such crimes," Naqdi said in Tehran on Sunday.

He lambasted the US and other western states for supporting the criminal terrorists in Syria, and said rebel groups are facing greater defeats and growing isolation among the public everyday despite all the supports and assistances extended to them by the US, West and Zionists.

Armed rebels affiliated to the Wahhabi extremists attacked the mausoleum of Hojr ibn Oday in the Damascus suburb of Adra in May and exhumed his grave taking his remains to an unknown location.

The Nusra Front, affiliated to the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, took up the responsibility for the desecration of Oday's grave.

Hojr was a staunch supporter of the first Shiite Imam Ali (PBUH) and led the army of Muslims to victory in several crucial battles. He and his sons finally fell victim to their loyalty to Imam Ali (PBUH) and were murdered at the order of the Umayyad Caliph Muawiyah in the year 660 CE.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against the Syrian police, border guards, statesmen, army and the civilians being reported across the country.

Thousands of people have been killed since terrorist and armed groups turned protest rallies into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was almost restored in most parts of the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies brought the country into chaos through every possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May, 2012 that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

According to the report, material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May 2012 that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.