U.A.E. official: We will strike in Iran if Iranian terror squads target Gulf states
Speaking to al-Arabiya network, Dubai's police chief warns of Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Syria in wake of Assad's possible ouster.
In an unusual move, a U.A.E. security official explicitly threatened Iran with military action if the Islamic Republic attacks targets in the Arab Emirates through clandestine terror squads.
Speaking on Sunday to the al-Arabiya network, the chief of Dubai's police force Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said that the U.A.E. had solid information indicating that Iranian teams have infiltrate into the emirates, saying that "the Gulf won't sit still in the face of Iranian threats.
Adding that he had conveyed the same message to Iranian leaders, Khalfan Tamim said that if Iran "operated squads to damage security, well, we well eventually operate squads in its territory, since we won't allow anyone to harm us while we sit idly by."
The U.A.E. security official's comments represent unprecedentedly aggressive remarks in the history of bilateral relations between the emirates and Iran, coming amid increased tensions between Tehran and Dubai over the control of a group of islands in the Persian Gulf.
Further on in his interview to al-Arabiya, Khalfan Tamim make another unusual remark for a Sunni official concerning the ongoing unrest in Syria, saying that he feared that the Muslim Brotherhood will take over the country, and adding that the group's leaders were sitting in hotels in Turkey waiting to replace Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
He warned top Muslim Brotherhood leaders against trying to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, adding that the "Gulf's security represents a red line. Any incident or issue in any of the Gulf states will lead those states to work side by side."
Khalfan Tamim also said that ties with Egypt would not be harmed despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi was recently elected the country's president since Morsi resigned from all of his official positions in the Islamist movements and because the Muslim Brotherhood is supported by only ten percent of Egyptians.