Saturday, 21 May 2016
Asharq al-Awsat reported that the recent military attacks directed by Syrian regime forces against areas in East Ghouta and western Damascus made it clear that Bashar Assad’s intention of local agreements sealed in part and independently with opposition groups, to temporary defuse areas under its control until his troops prepare for a major onslaught in these areas. This is in contrast to the scene in the northern front that “despite airstrikes and militias fighting alongside [Syrian regime] forces, the military weakness is quite obvious.”
However, the challenges currently faced by the Syrian opposition, are larger than the possibilities of the Syrian regime attacking areas where local agreements have been reached, or a scenario of ending the conflict with power through these agreements. Syrian National Coalition member Ahmed Ramadan emphasized to Asharq al-Awsat the threats of the next phase “are not limited to areas witnessing local agreements; in fact, this threat will fully engulf Syria in the month to come.” He unveiled information of “objectives sought by the regime and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) to increase pressure during the coming month of Ramadan in East Ghouta, western Damascus and Aleppo.”
Ramadan explains the plans blueprinted by the Iranian regime and Assad [regime] learned of by the opposition “are based on attacks carried out under the direct supervision of Iran IRGC generals and supreme leader Ali Khamenei.” He went on to say these individuals “are currently rallying their ranks and files, panning to intensify military attacks in June, coinciding with the beginning of Ramadan (Muslim’s holy fasting month).”
“There is a significant possibility of Russian warplanes joining these military attacks under the pretext of no advances being made in the peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis,” he added.
“Currently, Iran and Russia are taking advantage of America’s political reluctance and uncertainty in the face of international agreements and resolutions,” the opposition member concluded.