The American ''Presence'' in Syria - The Largest Nest Of Terrorist Groups In The World Right Now
09 November 2015
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and similar groups possess more
than 30,000 fighters in Syria. The Iranians say they are managing 100,000
fighters of different nationalities, while the Russians have sent around
3,000 troops. Washington has finally decided to send its own forces . . . a
total of only 50 military personnel. Right now we are unable to tell what
this force will be doing, nor the political message behind their presence.
The prevailing view is that this is an indication that Washington is not
serious regarding anything it says about Syria, whether on the level of
confronting ISIS, rejecting Russian expansion, or its keenness over a
transition of power as part of a plan to end the conflict. It would have been
better if Washington had not sent anyone at all, instead of a force
comprising just 50.
What we had really expected from Washington was that it support the Syrian
opposition with arms, intelligence, and diplomacy in order to impose on
ongoing negotiations the only possible solution to the crisis: a Syria
without Bashar Al-Assad in power, and the establishment of a transitional
authority that consists of figures from the current government as well as the
opposition. Without such a plan, the war will continue and terrorist groups
in Syria will remain in the country.
Unlike the Americans, the Russians arrived in Syria with an indubitable
political message backed up by fighter jets; and they are gaining
unprecedented influence as a result. However, the Russians must be aware that
their air force will not end the siege on the Assad regime. Assad himself is
besieged in Damascus. So far, daily Russian shelling of Aleppo province has
only resulted in the displacement of tens of thousands of residents to areas
controlled by extremist groups.
As the largest nest of terrorist groups in the world right now, Syria has
become even more dangerous than Afghanistan in terms of being a threat to
world security; the country is producing trained fighters and preparing them
to return home to begin a new journey of violence.
Al Rashed is the general manager of Al -Arabiya television. He is also the
former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al- Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly
magazine, Al Majalla. He is also a senior Columnist in the daily newspapers
of Al Madina and Al Bilad. He is a US post-graduate degree in mass
communications. He has been a guest on many TV current affairs programs. He
is currently based in Dubai.