A Former Iranian commander warned Iran will start a “direct and very wide war” on Israel if the Syrian Government decide it is right to declare war on Tel Aviv.

World War 3 fears were sparked last month when Israel struck Iranian military targets in Syria, in a sign of mounting tensions between the two countries. Former Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Hossein Kanani Moghadam threatened a widespread war on Israel, targeting ground, sea and air. Speaking to Al Jazeera last month, the former commander said: “We have been fighting Israel in different ways for 40 years.

“If it does happen, we should expect a direct and very wide war on the ground, sea and air” – Hossein Kanani Moghadam

“Now there is a direct contact because our bases are close to their borders so we are monitoring their activities and we are capable of retaliation.

“So far we have not decided to enter a direct war with Israel because we believe the Syrian Government should make this decision. They haven’t yet.

“But it may happen and if it does, we should expect a direct and very wide war on the ground, sea and air.”

The comments come as Israel hit the Syrian capital of Damascus in January as part of its increasingly open assault on Iran’s presence there.

In response, Iran issued a chilling message to arch-enemy Israel – warning it is “impatient” and ready to confront and destroy the nation in a statement issued just hours after Israel launched the air raids in Syria.

Speaking after at least four Syrian soldiers were killed in the raids carried out by Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at Iran’s stern warning and said he will hit back against “anyone who tries to harm us”.

The operation targeted the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, according to Israel Defence Forces.

US President Donald Trump also made a veiled threat against Iran in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday.

Trump has recently insisted he wants to keep troops in neighbouring Iraq in order to “watch Iran”. He hopes to maintain a military presence in the country despite withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

During his State of the Union address, Trump said: “We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants Death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish People.”

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