The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) held a workshop on the military positioning of the Assad regime’s allies as well as the dangers of Iran’s takeover of Russia’s positions and its growing influence in Syria.
The workshop brought together SOC’s President Salem al-Meslet, President of the Syrian Negotiations Commission Anas Abdah, members of the SOC’s political committee and General Assembly, Minister of Defense in the Syrian Interim Government Hassan Hamadeh, and Syrian researchers.
Participants reviewed the latest Iranian movements across Syria and the redeployment of many of its militias in coordination with the Russian occupation which is withdrawing part of its forces and military equipment to support its war on Ukraine.
Participants highlighted the areas that Iran focuses on to connect its sectarian project that extends from Tehran through Baghdad and Damascus to Beirut, especially in the Jazira and Euphrates region.
They also discussed the steps that the Iranian militias are taking to form local military groups to support its military presence in the region, and tempt the local population to convert in exchange for protection and money.
They warned of the dangers of Iranian growing influence in the region and its constant attempts to establish its presence by forming loyal local forces and building a local community that supports its goals.
They stressed the need to draw up a policy and develop a strategy to confront Iran; support the steadfastness of the people of the region and communicate with them to coordinate positions and cooperation; and strengthen the role of local tribes to confront the Iranian militias.
They also stressed the need to communicate with Arab countries in order to formulate a unified Arab position against the Iranian expansionism and its dangers in Syria, neighboring countries and beyond. They also stressed the need to address the United Nations to shed light on the violations of the Assad regime, Iran and its militias in Syria.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)