July 26, The Iran Project – After several years of war and conflict, Syria is gradually regaining its stability. This development, however, is not welcomed by some countries such as Israel, the United States and certain Arab countries.
Not long ago, media that supported terrorists placed bets on social networks and predicted the fall of Bashar al-Assad by January 2013. Their prediction, however, did not come to pass and now in the middle of 2017 Syria is gradually regaining its stability and Assad’s position is strengthening.
Liberation of Aleppo and change of trajectory in Syria
The liberation of Aleppo was a turning point that changes the ongoing crisis in Syria from military to political. Aleppo is considered Syria’s second most important city after Damascus and the Syrian government succeeded in recapturing the city with the help of its allies, thus demonstrating its capability in taking control of the country once again.
Needless to say, the liberation of Aleppo didn’t altogether eliminate the threat of terrorism. However, it made the supporters of terrorists realize that the possibility of military overthrow of Syria’s regime is less than ever. Overall, the evidence shows that the tension in Syria is lessening and the government of Assad is regaining control of the country.
Some of the evidence includes:
1. Disagreement among the supporters of terrorist groups: discord between Qatar and Saudi Arabia will certainly affect their position towards Syria. Qatar has softened its policies in Syria following its falling out with Saudi Arabia as well as sanctions imposed by Riyadh and its allies. Groups supported by Qatar have also clashed with others under Saudi Arabia’s wing.
2. escalation of clash among terrorist groups: Ideological disagreements have existed among terrorist groups since the beginning of crisis in Syria, at times leading to armed clash. But lately these clashes have escalated, spreading through Daraa province.
3. Defeat of ISIS in Iraq: The defeat of ISIS in Iraq severely affected the morale of terrorist, leading to the foray of Shia Iraqi fighters into Syria.
4. Tilt in balance of negotiations in favor of resistance: Negotiations aimed at establishing peace in Syria since 2011 were held by enemies who disguised themselves as the “friends of Syria.” However, today the negotiations are organized by the real allies of Syria, and at times Western countries are not even allowed in the meetings. Such approach can undermine the efforts of the western countries for sabotaging peace talks.
5. Public opinion: With the escalation and spread of terrorist attacks across the world, the public opinion has gained more awareness about the true nature of these groups, causing more convergence against the terrorists and facilitating fight against them.
With the liberation of border areas near Iraq, the government of Syria will strengthen and the possibility of forming a coalition government with the presence of resistance groups will increase.