Iran’s Smart Plans Foil West’s New Military Arrangements in Region

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nozar Shafiei
Member of Iran’s Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee

What is going on in Iraq and Syria as a result of the growing activities of terrorist groups in the two countries has provided suitable grounds for foreign military intervention in the region, especially by the United States and the coalition it has formed for this purpose.
The nature and behavioral characteristics of the United States and its regional allies, which are now claiming to be fighting against the ISIS, show that they are trying to perpetuate their military and security presence in the region. Moreover, they seem to be making preparations and new military arrangements for long-term military presence in this region. Therefore, accurate information on overt and covert dimensions of new military and security interventions of the United States and the West in Iraq and Syria is of utmost importance.

The hypothesis which has drawn attention from many observers and analysts of regional issues is that the new trend of military interventions by the United States and its allies in Iraq and Syria is aimed at paving the way for renewed and smart military and security presence of the United States in the region. As a result, some of the most prominent characteristics and aspects of the military behavior of the West and the United States can be explained as follows:

1. Forming an international alliance under the pretext of fighting against the ISIS;

2. Restricting the fight against the ISIS to air strikes, which have proven ineffective so far;

3. Continued support of certain regional and transregional countries for the ISIS terrorist group;

4. Destroying the infrastructures of Syria under the pretext of fighting against the ISIS;

5. US effort to increase the number of its military personnel in Iraq;

6. Military presence of Western allies of the United States in Iraq under the pretext of taking part in air strikes against the positions of the ISIS;

7. Political pressure put on the central government in Iraq to accept the presence of foreign military forces; and

8. Efforts made to establish military bases in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Of course, the initiatives as well as power of action of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the resistance movement in the region in the face of recent regional developments have been undeniable. It even seems that such initiatives have caused the West and the United States to be unable to ignore Iran's role and position in these developments. The developments that have further strengthened Iran's role in the region include victories won by popular and army forces in Iraq; withdrawal of the ISIS in Lebanon; developments in Yemen; victories gained by the government of President Bashar Assad in Syria; and rising concerns among the Western countries about the possibility of a third intifada (uprising) in occupied Palestinian lands. It even seems that the United States lacks powerful leverages to gain final success and victory in military and security areas. However, the fact that the United States is trying to use these developments as an opportunity can pose certain threats to our country’s national security, including:

1. The model of West’s behavior in the region will add fuel to the ongoing wars and lead to long-term militarism in the region;

2. As a result of new interventions by the West, the spirit of convergence in the region will be undermined;

3. The capacities and capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the resistance movement will be directly spent on security and military challenges in the region; and

4. Israel will make the most of the ongoing conditions.

Therefore, the new military strategy of the West is just the opposite of Iran's approach and is also at odds with the Islamic Republic of Iran's national security. On the other hand, the type and quality of Iran's military and security presence and role in Iraq and Syria is aimed at foiling long-term plans made by the West for the region. As a result, it is quite imperative for Iran to adopt smart plans by relying on its own operational capacities, regional diplomacy as well as psychological operations strategies to counteract and thwart the West’s new military arrangements in the region.

Key Words: Iran, West’s New Military Arrangements, Foreign Military Intervention, ISIS, US, Bashar Assad, Third Intifada, Psychological Operations, Shafiei

Source: Khabaronline
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

*Photo Credit: Fars News Agency

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