|Iran denies planning revenge strikes if U.S. hits Syria||
“The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly denies these accusations,” Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman for Iran’s United Nations mission, said on Friday.
“These baseless accusations are made to add fuel to the fire of the Syrian crisis in order to incite the U.S. Congress to give permission for launching another devastating war in the Middle East,” he said.
The Wall Street Journal claimed on Thursday that the United States had intercepted an order from an Iranian official instructing militants in Iraq to attack U.S. interests in Baghdad in the event the Obama administration launches a military strike in Syria, according to Reuters.
The American embassy in Baghdad was a likely target, according to unnamed U.S. officials quoted by the newspaper. The Journal said the officials did not describe the range of potential targets indicated by the intelligence.
U.S. President Barack Obama has asked the U.S. Congress to back his plan for limited strikes in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces on insurgents
The Journal claimed that the Iranian message was intercepted in recent days and came from an official at the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. The newspaper said the message went to Iranian-supported Shia militia groups in Iraq.
The Journal reported that the message informed Shia groups to be prepared to respond with force after any U.S. military strike on Syria.
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