By: Robert Fisk
June 16, 2013
Secondary source: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iran-to-send-4000-troops-to-aid-president-assad-forces-in-syria.html
Washington’s decision to arm Syria’s Sunni Muslim rebels has plunged America into the great Sunni-Shia conflict of the Islamic Middle East, entering a struggle that now dwarfs the Arab revolutions which overthrew dictatorships across the region.
For the first time, all of America’s ‘friends’ in the region are Sunni Muslims and all of its enemies are Shiites. Breaking all President Barack Obama’s rules of disengagement, the US is now fully engaged on the side of armed groups which include the most extreme Sunni Islamist movements in the Middle East.
The Independent on Sunday has learned that a military decision has been taken in Iran – even before last week’s presidential election – to send a first contingent of 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against the largely Sunni rebellion that has cost almost 100,000 lives in just over two years.
Iran is now fully committed to preserving Assad’s regime, according to pro-Iranian sources which have been deeply involved in the Islamic Republic’s security, even to the extent of proposing to open up a new ‘Syrian’ front on the Golan Heights against Israel.
- Iran FM warns of vacuum in Syria if Assad regime is toppled
- Assad vows Syria will defeat ‘foreign conspiracy’
- ‘Iran building militias in Syria in case Assad falls’
- Russia says would support Assad departure from power, if decision reached by Syria
- UN has ‘reasonable grounds’ to believe Assad forces used chemical weapons in Syria
This article was posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 6:51 am