In the East of Syria, as reported by the local media, fighting resumed between the military of the Syrian Arab army and the Iranian Islamic revolutionary guard Corps. The events unfolded as follows. A group of Syrian military attempted to take control of one of the districts of the city called al-Tamm.
But in the end asadovtsy came across stiff resistance, the Shiite group of Fatemiyon controlling part Medina. Fatemiyon is an Iranian money of the Afghan Shiite group, actively participated in the fighting against the Islamic state of Damascus and brought a lot of benefits. However, some time between the official forces and the various Shi’ite factions there has been some friction in the East ATS. Case in Meladine — a clear demonstration of these tensions. At some point the Syrian military began to take the upper hand over their opponents, but suddenly the help of the last came the official Iranian forces — the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps.
This led to the fact that the battle dragged on and became bloody. The Syrians were unable to capture the area and losing seven men killed and several wounded. By the evening things have settled down, and the situation seems to be as stable, but the next day, June 26, it was reported that the battle for long-suffering district resumed. Until the end there is no accurate information. Some sources report that asadovtsy retreated and made no more attempts to take the area. Others have reported the beginning of negotiations between officers from the Syrian and Iranian sides. Anyway, if this is true, then we should expect exacerbation of the problems of ATS.
The case is not unique. Before that, clashes between the Iranians and the Syrians has already happened. For example, a few weeks ago it was reported about the bloody battles in the Abu Kemal, where the soldiers of the Syrian Arab army and supporting militias clashed with Pro-Iranian Shiite brigades. Then, too, were killed and wounded.
The problem here is that Eastern Syria after its liberation from ISIS divided between the Syrians and the Kurds, and, in fact, the Iranians and the Kurds. Yes, a considerable territory in the province of Deir-ez-Zor, adjacent to the Western Bank of the Euphrates controlled by the Persians, and numerous allied groups. The area is extremely important for Tehran, because due to it there are constant contacts Shiite groups in Iraq and Syria.
Russian orientalist and political scientist Oleg Gushchin believes that such problems were, in principle, expected.
— First, the Syrians are a secular people, and to them the religious fanaticism of the Persians did not like. In General, the Syrians dislike the Iranians, and had disliked. Now just make peace, because without Iran, this war they did not managed to win. Iran in fact now contains, and feeds Syria. I have to accept but dislike not going anywhere, so here and there are such skirmishes. This should wait until the East all the crushed Shia. In General, the desire of Damascus is clear — after the war, it is necessary to somehow establish a life in the country. Throughout the country and in the West and in the East, and in all other parts. For somebody of exception should not be made. In peacetime, the militia, Makhno and all the other should not be. So, they should get rid of. Someone may be offered a place as part of the regular army, people are a little more significant can slip into politics, well, someone will have to force to lay down their arms. It always happens and there is nothing surprising.
“SP”: — what do you think, will such clashes in the future?
— Maybe, but all this one — time hassle to wait for some serious fighting is not worth it. Such problems are solved at the level of majors and Lieutenant colonels. They sit down and decide who and what gets. And at the highest level, Iran and Syria is not exactly consider each other as potential enemies. Now they are interrelated, they are profitable cooperation. Iran has geopolitical goals, and Damascus survives by Iranian aid. Of course, later the situation will change, but to do this will, most likely, not with weapons in hand. The first place in such cases is diplomacy. I’m sure by Assad and Rouhani from enough people who are sensible and aware of what is really going on.
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