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Iran Moving To Push Russia Out Of Syria

Iran Moving To Push Russia Out Of Syria
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Mohammad Sadegh Heydari

Iran has designs to push Russian forces out of their strongholds in Syria over time and install Hezbollah-like militias in the region, according to Russian media reports.

Tehran has long yearned for a ‘Shia land bridge’ from the Iranian mainland to the Mediterranean coast to give the Islamic regime a viable warm water port in the strategically located Med.

Tehran may equip a military port near Russian bases in Syria, a diplomatic source told Nezavisimaya Gazeta, referring to a May 5 report that an Iranian oil tanker, that had been allegedly heading to Turkey but changed its course, stopped at Syria’s Banias port. According to the source, in the future this port city may become the Islamic Republic’s military facility, and it is not ruled out that the establishment of a base between Russia’s positions in Tartus and Hmeymim may have far-reaching consequences. Experts believe that Russia and Iran are showing unanimity only on a strategic level, but the two countries’ positions differ on many issues, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

“Iran’s activity near Banias may have a destabilizing effect not only for the region, but also for the forces, which are trying to stabilize this region,” a diplomatic source told the paper. “It’s important to have a closer look at what is going on around the port because in the future it may become Iran’s military base near the Mediterranean Sea.”

Iran’s access to the Mediterranean Sea deprives Russia of its monopoly on economic presence in Syria’s coastal areas and creates certain security risks. The territorial proximity of Iranian facilities, regardless of their purpose, may not only technically complicate life for Russian servicemen, but also put them under surveillance, the paper writes.

Part of the tension may be attributable to conflicts between Russian oligarchs and Iranian corrupt officials looking to ‘milk’ the region for raw materials and other business interests. The Persian and Russian empires have historically been at odds, so this new ‘axis of enemies’ may not hold under the Trump pressure as American looks to tighten the stranglehold on the mullahs in Tehran.

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1 comment

Walkin O'Shea June 6, 2019 at 9:17 pm

“In an interesting Middle East twist, Russia’s state-run media recently reported that Iran is attempting to push Russian military forces out of their strongholds in Syria,…”

With the push back from Iran in Syria, there is a greater need for the US and Russia to combine together and start co-operating in order to bring peace and stability not only to that region but to the world in general. They both seem to forget the elephant in the china shop. China is a large economic and military force to be reckoned with, but its huge population is confined with limited resources. With the freedom to act as they have, China is exploiting poorer nations and stealing their natural resources. Not to mention finding themselves in bed with nations like Iran or Venezuela.
Both the US and Russia have huge sums of natural resources available to them, on large geographic tracts; what they should be doing is combining their might and imposing some control on nations like the pipsqueak Iran, and the elephant China.


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