Hisham Marwa, member of the Syrian National Coalition’s legal committee, said that the Iranian military bases in Syria were built with the aim of suppressing the Syrian people and have absolutely nothing to do with the alleged confrontation with the Israeli occupation.
In an interview with the Saudi newspaper Okaz on Saturday, Marwa said that the Iranian military bases are part of a project that Tehran has long been working on to consolidate its presence in Iraq, Syria and neighboring countries.
Marwa pointed out that the Iranian military bases are also aimed at popping up the Assad regime in its war against the Syrian people. He noted that these bases are also part of a bigger project aimed at destabilizing the Arab region, namely Iraq, the Gulf countries, and Jordan in the first place.
With regards to the Russian support for the Assad regime, Marwa pointed out that the Assad regime was on the verge of total collapse in 2012 when the Iranians rushed to salvage it. In 2015, when the Iranians proved unable to save the regime, Assad sought the help of the Russians who used the same tactics they previously used in Afghanistan and Chechnya. He said that the Russians have been involved in massacres against Syrian civilians.
Marwa went on to say that the scorched earth policy being used by the Assad regime aims to change the demographic landscape in Syria and make progress on the ground with the support of around 90,000 Iranian-backed militants.
Moreover, Marwa warned that by continuing to build military bases in Syria, Iran looks determined to carry on with its sectarian project aimed at stabilizing the whole region. He pointed out that these bases must serve as a message to the Arabs that Iran will go further in its sectarian project aimed at expanding its influence in the region. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)