Iranian Troops Deployed in Syria
The cesspool called the Syrian uprising, not civil war or regional war, acts as a whirlpool sucking in nations into its cauldron. Assad clings to power and uses psychological warfare on its people claiming the life they once had is now threatened by Islamic extremists. That America is actually on the wrong side! Are we? After all, for over 20 years, Assad has kept his chemical weapons safe from the jihadists, which now could get them. There was peace and surely 80,000 people would still be alive and millions not living in refugee camps.
I know, it IS a silly argument that is effective with Syrians. At least those that are sick of it.
But, Syria has used small amounts of sarin gas in Aleppo and crossed the magical redline that Obama drew in the air. If crossed, he warned, America would do something. Well, America did do something- we consulted again- then decided to send small arms to certain rebel factions. Oh, geez, what a terrifying message that sends to iran and Assad, who feels confident he can call America's bluff.
So far, he has.
But, now Iran steps into the fray boldly by sending members of the violent Basij volunteer militia trained in urban combat tactics for suppressing anti-regime unrest in Iranian cities. They are the first Iranian troops to confront Syrian rebels in combat. Roughly 6,000-8,000 have arrived so far. This has been confirmed by Israel ground forces from the Golan. This is even a bigger redline, for now, Iran has decided to be overt about their intervention to save Syria because it greatly benefits them. These are armed troops to bolster Assad and to send a message to America- if you intervene in our area, we will be face to face.
Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist group, fully armed and supported by Iran have already been active fighting along the border areas and further inland. There are several thousands of them fighting not only the Free Syrian Army but al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda linked group on the rebel side. Hezbollah has been involved in heavy fighting for Assad in the Homs area.
Everyone has a real stake, Iran's troops have been deployed in Damascus and near the Israeli border, which prompted the Israeli army to call up its reserves for a sudden "army drill" along Lebanon and Golan Heights.
Iran has been pressing Syria to send SA-17 missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well, because about 5000 of its army has been fighting for Assad and seeks some sort of "return favor".
There is little question the Syrian war will be around for a long while. Too many factions have keen interests in it. It will continue to act as a whirlpool and the recent Iranian moves have either been ignored by America or America is silently preparing of a major action. But, the worse thing for America\NATO to do is nothing.
Nothing sends the wrong message and so far, Syria and Iran have been taking advantage of it. Is the U.S. credible? Is Obama simply afraid of doing something more? Even sending over a few cruise missiles at his palace would suffice at this point.