Syria Clergyman Threatens West With Suicide Attacks

The country's highest Sunni Muslim clergyman, Mufti Ahmed Badereddine Hassoun, said he would launch suicide attackers if Syria is attacked.

Syria's highest Sunni Muslim clergyman, Mufti Ahmed Badereddine Hassoun, threatened Monday to order suicide attacks in the United States and Europe if his country is attacked.

"I am telling this to Europe and the United States: We will set up suicide attackers who now live on your land in case you bomb Syria or Lebanon," Hasson said in a video posted on the website of the Al Arabiya television network.

Syria - AFP/HO/SANA - October 3, 2011
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Hassoun was addressing a delegation of Lebanese women who had come to offer their condolences for his son's death.

Hassoun's son was killed last week by unknown gunmen in front of a university in Aleppo.

Last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Syria will strike Israel and "set fire" to the Middle East if foreign forces choose to launch a military strike on the protest-ridden country, the Iranian news agency Fars reported. During a meeting with the Turkish FM, the Fars report claimed, Assad indicated that Syria would not hesitate to strike major Israeli cities if it was attacked.

"If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than 6 hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv," Assad said.