By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Saturday, 9 Apri 2016
During a webinar with General As’ad al-Za’bi, head of the negotiations delegation representing the Syrian opposition for the transition period, Dr. Abdurrahman al-Haj, advisor to the Syria transitional government and Sanabargh Zahedi, a senior member of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran, these participants provided an in-depth look at Iran’s objectives in driving the current Syria negotiations and the ceasefire into a failure.
General As’ad al-Za’bi referred to Iran’s meddling in Syria, backing Assad and Tehran-backed Shiite militias fighting in support of Assad.
“Iran is attempting to further complicate the situation in Syria by providing arms and dispatching foot-soldiers to this country, all aimed at making it even more difficult to find a solution for the Syria dilemma,” he said.
“Currently, Iran’s endeavors are focusing on staging various attacks, including rocket barrages from various Shiite militia and Lebanese Hezbollah positions to portray an image as if there is no ceasefire on the ground, or to depict it as shaky and fragile. To this end they seek to disrupt this arrangement, knowing at a time that the [Assad] regime is weak the status quo will not be to its benefit,” he added.
Dr. Abdurrahman al-Haj reviewed the impact of the ceasefire on the ground in Syria between opposition fighters facing against the Assad forces and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Shiite militias.
“This is the first time the Assad regime has given in to a general ceasefire across the country. The Assad regime actually believed it has been able to destroy the entire spirit and cause of the revolution, and no one will ever be able to demand Assad’s overthrow, as if the battle is merely between armed units and the entire regime establishment, or between armed extremists groups against each other. However, the Syrian people’s demonstrations in various cities have surprisingly proved to all parties that the Syrian people continue to demand Assad’s overthrow, keeping the revolution very much alive. They maintain the spirits they enjoyed on day one of this, demanding the Syrian regime’s complete overthrow, and freedom and democracy to prevail. They are determined in their emphasis that the cooperation between the Syrian regime and Iran, and then Russia, has not been able to impact the Syrian people’s will in continuing their revolution,” he explained.
Senior Iranian opposition figure Sanabargh Zahedi provided his insight on this subject.
“According to intelligence obtained from inside the mullahs’ regime in Iran, from day one Tehran has been completely against any type of ceasefire in Syria, and the entire Geneva negotiations process. The trend of dispatching forces from Iran and Iraq to Syria, through the city of Abadan (southwest Iran) continues, meaning the ceasefire has been imposed to these forces and they are practically violating the reached arrangements,” he added.
“The first loser of Russia’s withdrawal from Syria was Iran and the Revolutionary Guards, the two parties that consider Assad remaining in power as their red line,” Zahedi continued on the impact of Moscow pulling out the bulk of its military forces from Syria.