On Thursday morning, Arab press focused on the Iranian presence in Syria, in addition to the Turkish intervention in Libya, and the Afghan situation.
Al-Arab: A US-Russian-Israeli agreement to block the "Tehran - Beirut" road
The Arab newspapers issued this morning dealt with the Syrian issue with several issues, the most prominent of which was the Iranian presence. In this context, Al-Arab newspaper said, "The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed a trilateral alliance that includes the United States, Russia and Israel, working indirectly to end the Iranian presence." In eastern Syria, thus blocking the road to "Tehran - Beirut".
The findings of the Syrian Observatory, which is based in London and which has a wide network of relations inside the Syrian Arab Republic, are reinforced by the leaks that spoke earlier about a Russian-American understanding regarding the settlement of the Syrian crisis in the year 2021, which is being prepared by resolving the Iranian and Kurdish dilemmas.
The observatory quoted sources described as reliable as saying that "a meeting took place a few days ago between a delegation of the Syrian Democratic Forces SDF backed by the International Coalition, and leaders of the" Revolutionary Commando Forces "and" Elite Forces "operating within al-Tanf area, on a joint coordination of those forces in al-Badia area The Syrian government to launch military operations against the Iranian forces and the militias loyal to it, with the support of the International Coalition, in order to close the Tehran-Beirut International Road to its Syrian apartment.
The sources pointed out that the meeting resulted in an agreement according to which the “Revolutionary Commando and Elite Commandos” advanced, under the title Fighting Islamic State’s Activity in al-Badia, and there was a recent increase in the frequency of attacks targeting Syrian forces and Iranian militias loyal to them in the region, and the attacks were attributed into ISIS cells.
These operations targeting the Syrian forces and Iranian militias in the eastern region have raised several questions about whether there is behind them jihadist cells, or if other forces are moving under the organization's cover to drain Iranian elements.
These questions appear legitimate, according to some, especially since these operations coincide with the frequency of "unknown" air strikes on Iranian sites, the last of which was last Monday night, when new raids targeted the positions of the militias of the "Zaynabiyoun Brigade" and the "Fatimid Brigade" that includes Pakistani and Afghan Shiite elements Iran recruited them in the east of Deir-ez-Zor.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights attributed the tripartite joint cooperation between Washington, Moscow and Tel Aviv to Russia's failure so far to persuade Iran of the necessity of withdrawing its forces from the desert, provided that pro-Moscow forces are to be replaced to replace the Iranian forces. These forces include clan fighters and "reconciliation and settlement".
Analysts say the prevailing coolness between Moscow and al-Assad, which was recently revealed by Russian media, is mainly due to the latter's adherence to the Iranian presence.
Analysts point out that Russia is directing a realistic agreement with the American and Israeli sides, noting that Moscow has always dealt with the Israeli attacks on Iranian sites positively, as it has rarely commented on those attacks, especially in recent months.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted the sources as saying that if Russia is totally unable to persuade Iran to withdraw from eastern Syria, then it will go to the military solution and launch a ground operation, as there is a network whose mission is to collect a bank of targets for the Iranian presence in the "Levant" area, and follow that The network is directly from both Israel and the international coalition, and indirectly Russia.
Al-Arab: Taliban and ISIS attacks are pushing the Afghan peace process into the unknown
On the Afghan issue, Al-Arab newspaper said, "In a move believed to put peace efforts at stake, the warring Afghan parties (the government and the extremist Taliban) announced the return of fighting between them.
The move came after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered his forces to resume offensive operations against the rebels in response to two attacks targeting a maternity hospital and a funeral ceremony at the same moment, at a time when the peace process in this Asian country is stalled.
He held the Afghan president responsible for the Taliban and ISIS.
"Today we witnessed terrorist attacks carried out by the Taliban and ISIS groups on a hospital in hours, after separate attacks at a maternity hospital and a funeral ceremony left dozens of people dead Ghani said in a televised speech. He added, “I command the Afghan security forces to put an end to the decision to adhere to the defensive posture” and “to return to the offensive position and resume operations against the enemy (the Taliban).” This change in attitude comes months after the Afghan army committed itself to defensive response only to any attacks launched by the Taliban.