Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Speaks at UN General Assembly on Syria Civil War
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has left Tehran to attend a UN General Assembly meeting, highlighting the civil war in Syria as a priority for his visit. The west has accused of Iran of supplying arms to President Bashar al-Assad's regime, whose crackdown on protest against his rule has led to a civil war which has killed more than 23000 people. Earlier, at a grandiose military parade in Tehran, Iran showed-off a new air defence system which it claims is more advanced than its Russian predecessor and designed to confront fighter jets, cruise missiles, smart bombs, helicopters and drones. The military show of strength was underlined by truculent comments from the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps who claimed war with 'cancerous tumour Israel' was inevitable, adding that Iran would obliterate the Jewish state.