The second day in a row the Syrian armed forces are fighting with the guards of the Islamic revolution for Meyadin.
In eastern Syria, local media reportedly have resumed fighting between the military of the Syrian Arab Army and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Events unfolded as follows. A group of Syrian military has attempted to take control of one of the areas of the city called al-Tammu. But in the end, Assad stumbled upon the stiff resistance of the Shiite Fatimiyun group that controls part of Meyadin. Fatimiyun is an Afghan Shiite group created with Iranian money that actively participated in hostilities against the Islamic state and brought Damascus quite a bit of benefit. However, for some time, there has been some friction between official forces and various Shiite groups in the east of the SAR. The case in Meyadin is a clear demonstration of these tensions. At some point, the Syrian military began to take precedence over their opponents, but suddenly the official Iranian forces came to the aid of the latter – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
This led to the fact that the fight was delayed and became bloody. The Syrians could not capture the area and lost with seven people killed and several wounded. By evening, everything was settled, and the situation seemed to be stabilized, but the next day, June 26, it was reported that the fighting for the distressful area had resumed. While the result is no accurate information. Some sources report that assad retreated and no longer attempted to take the area. Others report starting talks between officers from the Syrian and Iranian sides. Anyway, if this is true, then we should wait for the aggravation of ATS problems.
At the talks in Jerusalem, the United States and Israel united against Russia, but they forgot about Assad.
The case is not unique. Before that, clashes between Iranians and Syrians had already happened. For example, a few weeks ago it was reported that there were bloody battles in Abu Kemal, where the Syrian Arab army and the militia that supported them fought with the pro-Iranian Shiite brigades. Then, too, were the dead and wounded.
The essence of the problem here is that the eastern Syria after its liberation from ISIS was not shared among themselves by the Syrians and the Kurds, but, in fact, the Iranians and the Kurds. Yes, significant territories of the province of Deir Ez zore, adjacent to the west bank of the Euphrates, are controlled by the Persians and numerous allied groups. This territory is extremely important for Tehran, because at the expense of it there are constant contacts of Shiite groups of Iraq and Syria.
Russian orientalist and political scientist Oleg Gushchin believes that such problems were, in principle, expected.
– First of all, Syrians are secular people, and they don’t like this Persian religious fanaticism at all. In general, the Syrians did not like the Iranians, they did not like even earlier. Now they simply reconcile, because without Iran they would not have been able to win this war. Iran actually still contains and feeds Syria. You have to put up with it, but hostility is nowhere to go, so there are such skirmishes. This should have been expected when, in the east, all Shiites crushed themselves under themselves. In general, the desire of Damascus is clear – after the war, it is necessary to somehow organize life in the country. In the whole country – and in the west, and in the east, and in all other parts. For some, exceptions should not be made. In peacetime, there should not be the militia, Makhnovists and all others. So you have to get rid of them. Someone, perhaps, will be offered a place in the regular army, people can get a little more meaningful into politics, but someone will have to be forced to lay down their arms. It always happens, and there is nothing to be surprised at.
– Do you think there will be such a collision in the future?
- It is possible, but all this is one-time skirmishes, it is not worth waiting for any serious hostilities. Such problems are solved at the level of majors and lieutenant colonels. They will sit down and decide who gets what. And at the highest level, Iran and Syria do not exactly see each other as potential enemies. Now they are interconnected, cooperation is beneficial for them. Iran achieves geopolitical goals, and Damascus survives with Iranian aid. Of course, the situation will change later, but this will most likely not be done with weapons in hand. The first place in such cases takes diplomacy. I am sure that there are enough people from both Assad and Rouhani who are prudent and aware of what is actually happening.