Away from Israel? Iran relocated its military structures in Syria
LONDON, (BM) – Iran relocated its military structures in Syria and according to the London newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Avsat the relocation was made by Iran, on May 12, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“In recent days, Iran has intensified the redeployment of its militias to various parts of Syria,” the report said. According to the publication, we are talking about the metropolitan province of Damascus and eastern Deir Ez-Zor.
The movements of Iranian forces are associated with the economic crisis in Iran and the coronavirus pandemic. This opinion was expressed by a Western official whose name the newspaper does not name.
The official added that Iran’s decision was also influenced by the aggravation of relations with the United States, the resumption of activity of the Islamic State, Israeli attacks on Iranian military facilities in Syria and “Russian pressure”.
Iran, in turn, calls these movements tactical and not affecting the country’s strategy in the Syrian Arab Republic.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on May 5 some Israeli afficials said that Iranian forces are pulling out of Syria and closing military bases there.
On the next day the former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said to a media briefing hosted by MediaCentral, that “the Iranians are not leaving. I am not buying this argument.”
Rather, he suggested that the forces led by Iran in Syria have always included a mix of actual Iranians and militias made up of local Syrians, Hezbollah, Iraqi Shiites, Pakistanis and Afghans, and at most might see an adjustment in the mix.
Questioned about why the IDF would put out a statement on Tuesday that Iran was reducing its presence in Syria if this is not true, Yadlin responded, “I didn’t hear the IDF. I heard a high-level source in the defense establishment. My suspicion is it came from above the IDF political level. When you go to the political level, you need to ask someone whose is an expert in politics.”
Pressed if he was referring to outgoing defense minister Naftali Bennett, the former IDF intelligence chief responded, “I think you connected the dots of who is leaving the defense ministry soon, and what is the legacy he wants to leave behind.”
Explaining why Iran will not leave Syria, he said that Syria is, “the only Arab country which supported Iran’s war with Iraq [in 1980-1988]. Ties between Iran and Syria are strong strategically. Iran sees Syria as the cornerstone of its regional policy.”
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