Iran has called for the US to impose sanctions on the Syrian regime as a “strategic assets” in its ongoing military campaign against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, according to a new report from the Independent.
The US is also alleged to have supplied the Syrian government with a large cache of sophisticated anti-tank missiles in return for the backing of the country’s government, a claim that Washington denies.
The report was commissioned by the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), an alliance of opposition groups that aims to bring down President Bashar al Assad and replace him with a democratic leader.
According to the report, the US has been accused of supplying arms to the regime and that the Assad regime has used the weapons to wage a war against opposition forces in Syria.
“As the US seeks to protect its ‘strategy asset’, the Syrian National Coalition, in the words of a former senior US military officer, it is vital to prevent it from being ‘destroyed,'” the report says.
“The US, by targeting the Syrian military, is effectively targeting the whole Syrian regime, including its elite forces.”
The coalition’s report said that US President Donald Trump’s recent announcement of an agreement to arm the Syrian opposition with a new generation of US-made anti-aircraft missiles was a “direct attack on the US strategic assets in Syria.”
It added that the agreement could allow for “immediate escalation of the war, further destabilising the country, as well as the transfer of sophisticated US weapons systems to the Syrian side.”
The report says that since the US-backed uprising began in 2011, more than 70,000 people have been killed and more than 10 million people have fled their homes.
The coalition has also accused the Syrian Government of using chemical weapons in the conflict, but the US and Russia have repeatedly denied this.
According the report by the SOC, US President Barack Obama has been “willing to use the regime’s chemical weapons against its own people and civilian infrastructure,” and has ordered the use of chemical weapons “in the war on terror.”
“The use of such weapons by the Assad government would be an act of war,” the report said.
“It would constitute a grave violation of international law and constitute a flagrant violation of the United Nations charter, and constitute an invasion of a sovereign country.”
A US spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Washington’s ‘strategical assets’ are in Syria and it is a clear violation of its international obligations under the [UN] Charter to provide assistance to the Assad Government to protect and protect civilians,” the spokesperson said.
The UN’s Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, has said the US will not tolerate the use or proliferation of chemical and biological weapons in Syria, and said it would not allow Syria to fall into the hands of terrorists.US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Monday that there was no question the US would “fight against” any use of the chemical weapons.
“We have the highest standard of standards and we will defend ourselves against any use,” Kerry said.US President Donald Trumps ‘war on terror’ rhetoric has drawn criticism from the international community and has been condemned by some in the West.
Earlier this month, a video surfaced in which Trump boasted of “winning” the war against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
In an apparent reference to the chemical attack in the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun, Trump said: “They used nerve gas on our people and we’re not going to take it.
That’s the difference.
We’re going to fight them.”