Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif recently offered to act as a go-between in the Syrian crisis. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have begun to spread out in Idlib after being attacked by the militia of the regime who call themselves the "Syrian army." As a matter of fact, the regime commands perhaps 40,000 regular soldiers, the rest is made up of Iranian "militia," who are in fact Iranian soldiers fighting without their uniforms, mainly the Pasdaran volunteers. The Syrian Air Force is entirely in the hands of the Russian military, including pilots, ground staff and military advisors. The zombie regime is in the hands of Iran and mainly Russia.
The totality of the Syrian population who wanted a democratic change has been evacuated, exiled, deported, imprisoned or simply executed and annihilated. This is the simple reality of Syria. This is a deep shame for all democratic countries, and I am afraid this experience has shown the inability of democratic countries, including the U.S. and the EU, to intervene and show their deterrent force. This could have been done back in 2013 when the regime used chemical weapons against the opposition. Not that chemical warfare was necessary against divided and ill-equipped opposition forces, but Bashar Assad's aim was to spread terror throughout the civilian population. Turkey and France were ready to intervene, with their air forces on full alert. President Barack Obama had cold feet and declared that the U.S. would certainly punish the Syrian regime, but beforehand he had to go and discuss this with Congress.
Both Iran and Russia saw that as a refusal to get involved in the Syrian crisis, and they have since considered Syria as "no man's land" politically, where they could do whatever they want. The result has been a totally destroyed country and population. One-third of the population left the country. They cannot go back to their homes so long as the regime remains in place. Assad took care to implement total spoliation of citizens' belongings and real estate. Anyhow, there is no security nor infrastructure for the exiled Syrians to return to. Most of the elite have been deported or assassinated.
Now that the armed opposition is on the verge of losing the war against Assad's ragtag soldiery, heavily supported by Russian air coverage and the Iranian militia, the essential question starts to take shape: how can Ankara pull the TSK forces back from Idlib and near the Turkish-Syrian border, and ultimately what to do with the armed opposition and their supporters, exceeding a million of people. Turkey hosts around 4 million refugees, mainly from Syria, and is not ready to receive an additional million refugees with all the humanitarian problems it would create.
The Algerian case
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