“The war is winding down little by little. Assad has won and he will stay,” Robert Ford, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute who served as ambassador from 2011 to 2014, told The National in a Q & A. “He may never be held accountable, and Iran will be in Syria to stay. This is the new reality that we have to accept.”
Ford said that Iran, which with Russia has long propped up Assad, will maintain its presence in Syria. Iran backs thousands of fighters there, including militiamen and its own soldiers.
“The war has brought them closer,” he said, referring to Tehran and Damascus. “You have tens of thousands of pro-Iranian fighters, and they are not going home after this settles.”
The combatants’ lingering presence is a source of serious concern for Israel, Ford noted.
“If there is another Hezbollah-Israel war, a lot of these fighters are battle-hardened and would reinforce Hezbollah in any new war against Israel,” he said. “The shift in the dynamic in Syria has made the situation worse for Israel.”
Ford resigned as ambassador in 2014, saying that he no longer “could defend the American policy” in Syria.
Another adviser to Obama on Syria, Frederic Hof, wrote last August that the administration’s passive policy there was rooted in the fear that Iran might walk away from the nuclear deal.
“The administration’s policy toward Assad Syria (as opposed to ISIS Syria) rests on its desire to accommodate Iran—a full partner in Assad’s collective punishment survival strategy—so that the July 14, 2015 nuclear agreement can survive the Obama presidency,” he wrote.
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Dec 11, 2018 Comments Off on ANALYSIS: IDF’s new gamechanger doctrine in the war against Iran
Dec 10, 2018 Comments Off on IRGC commander: ‘We can strike the Americans anywhere’
Dec 10, 2018 Comments Off on IRGC commanders threaten US with missile, drone, cyber capabilities
Dec 10, 2018 Comments Off on EU moves to shield companies that trade with Iran from U.S. sanctions
Dec 11, 2018 Comments Off on US: Iran Floods Unstable Regions With Advanced Weaponry
Dec 10, 2018 Comments Off on Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations
Dec 09, 2018 Comments Off on UPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from Lebanon
Dec 09, 2018 Comments Off on Lebanon Says Israel Has Shown No Proof of Hezbollah Tunnels
Dec 10, 2018 Comments Off on Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violationsEurope is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations Iran on Saturday launched a ballistic missile that can deliver nukes — and the...
Dec 09, 2018 Comments Off on UPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from LebanonUPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from Lebanon UPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from Lebanon Israel said on Tuesday it had launched an operation to...
Jul 14, 2016 Comments Off on Corps’ one hundred thousand of triggered missiles in Lebanon:An official Israel-threatening by CorpsIran Briefing: Since August 7, 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of Ramadhan as “Quds Day”, the Islamic Republic has always tried to hold an imposing ceremony by using state resources as well as requiring people’s involvement. This year’s Quds march had fundamental...