Soon after Washington announced on Thursday that it will provide military support to Syria’s rebels, following a statement by U.S. officials that they have “high confidence” that Bashar al-Assad’s regime had utilized chemical weapons against Syrian civilians, the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran have made a robust military decision to send 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Damascus. This support is intended to suppress the largely Sunni oppositional groups and rebellion, as well as to strengthen Assad’s Alawite sect-based and police state. According to reports by the United Nations Human Rights Watch, in just over two years, the Syrian conflict has now claimed nearly 100,000 lives.
Fighting against Iran
If the West adopted legitimate military threats against Assad, Iran would have been more cautious about making such an overt military decision to publicly bolster their arms delivery to Assad’s regime.Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
Secondly, the Islamic Republic of Iran is sending formidable signals to the Syrian oppositional groups and rebels that they are not only fighting Assad’s tanks, snipers, Mukhabarat, and army, but now also facing two other powerful enemies: the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps. This will further influence the morale of the Syrian rebels and oppositional groups, particularly at a time when they are still not operating under a single command-and-control system and are still not fully united under one leadership. As a result, Iran’s military decision to send troops and advanced weaponry and arms to Damascus, along with Hezbollah’s public support of Assad’s regime, has emboldened Assad to push for more territorial victory. This recent regional support has given a strong momentum to the Syrian army, and also slightly tipped the balance of power against the Syrian rebels and in favor of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the ruling Shiite cleric.SHOW MORE