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Iran's Khamenei says U.S. intervention in Syria would be disaster

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that U.S. intervention in Syria would be "a disaster for the region," the ISNA state news agency reported.

"The intervention of America will be a disaster for the region. The region is like a gunpowder store and the future cannot be predicted," the agency quoted him as saying, according to Reuters.

His statement comes in response to reports that a probable military strike on Syria by the United States and its allies could come within days, according to Western envoys speaking to the Syrian opposition.

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden has said there is “no doubt” that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and that it must be held accountable.

Biden is the most senior member of the Obama administration to blame the Syrian government for the attack.

Obama has yet to make a final decision on the U.S. response, a White House spokesman said, but left little doubt that it would involve military action. He insisted, however, that Washington was not intent on “regime change,” signaling that any military strikes would be limited and not meant to topple Assad.

“The opposition was told in clear terms that action to deter further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime could come as early as in the next few days, and that they should still prepare for peace talks at Geneva,” one of the sources who was at the meeting on Monday told Reuters.

Analysts expect to see cruise missiles launched from U.S. and allied submarines, ships and possibly planes, firing into Syria from outside its waters and airspace, according to AFP.

(With Reuters and AFP)