21 Apr 2024
Sunday 18 August 2013 - 16:07
Story Code : 45414

Iran, Hezbollah now running Syria: opposition

Opposition leader Ahmad Jarba said Syria is now being run by regime alliesIranand Lebanon's Hezbollah, with President Bashar al-Assad out of the picture, in an interview published Sunday.
Jarba also told Saudi-owned newspaper Al-Hayat that Syrian rebels have seized control of "at least half" of the country, 29 months into an anti-Assad uprising.

Assad is "a killer and a criminal, and... he has collapsed," the National Coalition chief charged.

The opposition leader reiterated the rebels' insistence that any settlement must exclude Assad, demanding that he be "punished for the war crimes he has committed against the Syrian people".

More than 100,000 people have been killed since the conflict broke out in mid-March 2011, the UN says.

Assad "no longer runs Syria. The real rulers of Syria are the Iranian (elite) Revolutionary Guard... with the participation of (Lebanese Shiite) Hezbollah fighters," Jarba said.

Tehran is Assad's main regional backer, while Hezbollah has sent in troops from Lebanon to help the army fight the anti-regime rebellion.

Jarba said that supplying the rebel Free Syrian Army with sophisticated weaponry would "change the course of the revolution," despite Western fears that the arms could land in the hands of extremists.

ByHurriyet Daily News


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"..Syria is now being run by regime allies Iran and Lebanons Hezbollah, with President Bashar al-Assad out of the picture.."

Ha! What else would he say? This is a pointless article. Just another nodding head sitting in a Turkish hotel trying to fool the west that he is "elected" by Syrians and speaks for Syrians. Not even all the little brigades that make up the FSA believe or want to follow the SNC.

What he is realising is that this is a war against extremism and the extremists are losing. Egypt is now joining the allegiance of secularism against sectarianism.