By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
Iran’s must review its policy of using Shias beyond its borders and nationals of other countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Saudi Arabia for militancy and its geopolitical sectarian aims under the ideology of ‘Velyat -e-Fiqh’. It was reported that approximately 17 Pakistani Shias were recently killed in Idlib fighting with Syrian opposition forces, nine were buried in Iran and eight bodies were brought to Pakistan via Iran border. Iran is funding their families in and out of Pakistan, among them two were Karachi University and one was Punjab University student but originally from Parachnar, Hunza and Gilgit-Baltistan”.
This whole thing has damaged the whole of Middle East, displaced and killed, injured and destroyed Muslims in millions. Iran is being used as ‘scare crow’ by arms dealers for Arabs in Gulf States and UAE sitting in big glass buildings.
It is time to damage control and reach out to make peace. Is there any difference if Russians with Church blessed guns and tanks killings Syrians or American (crusaders as George Bush said) killings Iraqis? After all George Bush said’ ‘God told me to go to war in Iraq’. The world sees Iran as the sole beneficiary of US intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan as it removed both Saddam Hussain (Iraq) and Taliban (Afghanistan) from power.
As media reported and It is alarming that: “Iranian-backed militias brought more than 400 fighters over Iraq to Syria’s Idlib last month. The militants who were sent as reinforcements for Bashar Assad’s military force in Idlib arrived in minibuses in order to escape being targeted by Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Assad’s regime, which had been hit hard by the Turkish Armed Force (TSK), is seeking to strengthen its ranks and compensate its losses by bringing Iranian militants from Iraq to eastern Syria’s Deir el-Zour, local sources said.
Iranian-backed forces are mostly concentrated on Iraq’s border in Deir el-Zour. Fighters from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Pakistan are led by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. According to the source, the militants reached Syria through Saraqib in the south of Idlib.
Saraqib is on a strategic crossroad connecting the country’s two main highways, M4 and M5. The M4 motorway connects the port city of Latakia to the Iraqi border, while the M5 forms the backbone of the country’s highways, connecting the economic hub of Aleppo to the central cities of Hama and Homs, the capital Damascus and the Jordanian border further south.
The Assad regime seized Saraqib in a Russian-backed assault in February. The opposition forces backed by Turkey are continuing their advance with intense artillery cover fire.
The Assad regime has been on the offensive since December to capture and reopen the M5 highway held by the opposition since 2012, despite a cease-fire deal brokered late last year between Russia and Turkey.
The regime and its allies, including Iranian-backed forces, are launching frequent attacks inside the territory. More than 1,300 civilians have been killed in the Idlib de-escalation zone in such attacks”.
As a result of Russian and Bashar Al-Assad’s ‘Grozny strategy of total destruction’ over four million Syrian refugees are living in Turkey and others want to leave. It is time to start a Syrian led and Syrian owned political process to bring peace in the country which lead to the return of refugees from Turkey. After all there is no place like home?
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015, 2016 and 2019, Azerbaijan 2018 and 2020 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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