US President Donald Trump’s climb-down on troop withdrawal from Syria is a natural consequence of the failure of regional powers to view it as a peaceful move, but as a defeated withdrawal. Washington’s ally Iraq displayed unease and retreated in the face of pressure from Tehran. Meanwhile, Turkey was quick to make concessions to Russia and Iran, as the US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia pivoted towards Damascus and Iran. While all this was happening, Tehran increased its military shipments to the battlefield.
The battles may be in Syria, but the real war is against Iran. Tehran has made Damascus the cornerstone of policies used to control Lebanon and Iraq, while threatening Jordan and IsraelAbdulrahman al-Rashed