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Iran’s Plans to Take Over Syria
Israel Pundit ^ | May 5, 2013 | Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira

Posted on 05/06/2013 1:29:46 PM PDT by robowombat

Iran’s Plans to Take Over Syria

By Shimon Shapira, JCPA

In mid-April, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah paid a secret visit to Tehran where he met with the top Iranian officials headed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Gen. Qasem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard Corps. Suleimani prepared an operational plan named after him based upon the establishment of a 150,000-man force for Syria, the majority of whom will come from Iran, Iraq, and a smaller number from Hizbullah and the Gulf states.

Suleimani’s involvement was significant. He has been the spearhead of Iranian military activism in the Middle East. In January 2012, he declared that the Islamic Republic controlled “one way or another” Iraq and South Lebanon. Even before recent events in Syria, observers in the Arab world have been warning for years about growing evidence of “Iranian expansionism.”

An important expression of Syria’s centrality in Iranian strategy was voiced by Mehdi Taaib, who heads Khamenei’s think tank. He recently stated that “Syria is the 35th district of Iran and it has greater strategic importance for Iran than Khuzestan [an Arab-populated district inside Iran].” Significantly, Taaib was drawing a comparison between Syria and a district that is under full Iranian sovereignty.

Tehran has had political ambitions with respect to Syria for years and has indeed invested huge resources in making Syria a Shiite state. The Syrian regime let Iranian missionaries work freely to strengthen the Shiite faith in Damascus and the cities of the Alawite coast, as well as the smaller towns and villages. In both urban and rural parts of Syria, Sunnis and others who adopted the Shiite faith received privileges and preferential treatment in the disbursement of Iranian aid money.

Iran is also recruiting Shiite forces in Iraq for the warfare in Syria. These are organized in a sister framework of Lebanese Hizbullah. Known as the League of the Righteous People and Kateeb Hizbullah, its mission is to defend the Shiite centers in Damascus. It is likely that Tehran will make every effort to recruit additional Shiite elements from Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and even from Pakistan.

Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira is a senior research associate at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arabworld; bhomiddleeast; iran; iraq; israel; russia; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 05/06/2013 1:29:46 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

More Islamic Radicals, more problems!


2 posted on 05/06/2013 1:32:18 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: robowombat

3 posted on 05/06/2013 1:32:57 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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That should be Biden and the Poser


4 posted on 05/06/2013 1:36:58 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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5 posted on 05/06/2013 2:09:57 PM PDT by ex-snook (God is Love)
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6 posted on 05/06/2013 3:32:21 PM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: F15Eagle; UCANSEE2

I was thinking Assad and Ahmadinejad.


7 posted on 05/06/2013 8:08:16 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: robowombat

I wonder who the authors think is “trying to take over Syria” now, in the name of a Syrian “opposition”?? I can tell you it’s not Iran.


8 posted on 05/07/2013 1:40:39 PM PDT by Wuli
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Thanks robowombat.
In mid-April, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah paid a secret visit to Tehran where he met with the top Iranian officials headed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Gen. Qasem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard Corps. Suleimani prepared an operational plan named after him based upon the establishment of a 150,000-man force for Syria, the majority of whom will come from Iran, Iraq, and a smaller number from Hizbullah and the Gulf states... In January 2012, he declared that the Islamic Republic controlled “one way or another” Iraq and South Lebanon... An important expression of Syria’s centrality in Iranian strategy was voiced by Mehdi Taaib, who heads Khamenei’s think tank. He recently stated that “Syria is the 35th district of Iran and it has greater strategic importance for Iran than Khuzestan [an Arab-populated district inside Iran].” Significantly, Taaib was drawing a comparison between Syria and a district that is under full Iranian sovereignty.

9 posted on 05/07/2013 5:51:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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I hate to say this, but even Iran’s takeover is better alternative than Al-Qaeda “rebels”.

Unlike Afghanistan which is an Al-Qaeda role model, Iran has a kind of civil society and it has a chance to transform into free republic the way Eastern Europe did.


10 posted on 05/07/2013 6:05:23 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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LOL


11 posted on 05/08/2013 8:30:04 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the 33 million illegals home.)
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