MESOP TODAYS “FUNNY STORY”: Iranian Minister — Assad Refused Our Offer of Asylum

Iranian Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi has reportedly claimed that Syria’s President Assad refused an offer of asylum for him and his family in the Islamic Republic. Lebanon’s pro-Assad outlet Al-Mayadeen said that Assad would have been allowed to continue the fight against Syria’s rebels from his exile in Tehran. However, according to Alavi, Assad said “his family was like any other Syrian family” and would remain in Damascus.

The Minister said the offer was made by General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Soleimani was organizing forces inside Syria until he was injured near Aleppo last November.