Tehran: Iran and its close ally President Bashar Al Assad have won the war in Syria and the US-orchestrated campaign in support of the armed opposition’s bid to topple the Syrian regime has failed, senior Iranian officials have told The Guardian.
In a series of interviews in Tehran, top figures who shape Iranian foreign policy said that western strategy in Syria had merely encouraged radicals, sowed chaos and backfired, with government forces now on the front foot. “We have won in Syria,” said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee and an influential government insider. “The regime will stay. The Americans have lost it.”
Terrorism perpetrated by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups and individuals armed and funded by Sunni Muslim Arab countries was now the main threat facing the Syrian people, Boroujerdi said. Many foreign fighters who had travelled to Syria from Britain and other European countries could soon return. “We are worried about the future security of Europe,” he said.
“We won the game in Syria easily,” said Amir Mohebbian, a conservative strategist and government adviser. “The US does not understand Syria. The Americans wanted to replace Assad, but what was the alternative? All they have done is encourage radical groups and made the borders less safe.”
“We accept the need for change in Syria — but gradually. Otherwise there is chaos,” Mohebbian said. Majid Takht-Ravanchi, deputy Iranian foreign minister, said the priority was to accept the rebellion had failed and to restore stability in Syria before next month’s presidential elections.