What Next for Syria?
Despite important gains by government forces against ISIS and other US-supported terrorists, conflict continues raging, resolution nowhere in sight.
Good faith Russian efforts to resolve things diplomatically since 2012 achieved no significant breakthroughs.
US and Israeli rage for regime change is the greatest obstacle to restoring peace and stability to the country.
The Trump and Netanyahu regimes escalated terror-bombing on Syrian sites – likely to continue. Russian diplomatic efforts won’t change what could explode into full-scale war.
On Sunday, Netanyahu demanded Iranian military advisors leave Syria, saying “there is no place for any (Iranian) military presence anywhere in Syria.”
On Monday, Sergey Lavrov said all foreign forces should withdraw from Syrian’s border with Jordan, explaining:
“(T)he withdrawal of all non-Syrian forces must be carried out on a mutual basis, this should be a two-way street.”
“The situation when only representatives of the Syrian armed forces will be deployed on the Syrian side of the border with Israel should become the outcome of such work.”
His remarks were mainly directed at Washington, US forces illegally occupying Syrian territory bordering Jordan, Lavrov adding:
“We are witnessing an increasing number of armed groups appearing in this region, including (in and around) the Rukban refugee camp, which according to our information, is related in one way or another to Daesh (ISIS) and other” terrorist groups.
Washington’s illegal al-Tanf military base is used to recruit, heavily arm, fund, train, direct and protect ISIS and other terrorist fighters – used as proxy forces against Syria, many drawn from Rukban camp refugees.
Responding to Netanyahu’s demand for Iranian military (advisors) to leave Syrian, Tehran’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Iran Bahram Kasemi minced no words saying:
“No one can force Iran to do this. As long as there is terrorism and the government of Syria wants it, Iran will have a presence (in Syria). Those who entered the country without the permission of the Syrian authorities must leave” – referring to the US and Turkey.
Washington came to Syria to stay. There’s no prospect of US forces leaving. Israel has been escalating aggression in Syria.
The Trump administration will likely follow suit. Peace and stability returning to the country remains unattainable as long as Washington wants endless war, not resolution.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”