A more powerful US presence in Syria could deter Iran, Russia and other threats and ensure stability, experts say

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The Biden administration’s Syria policy is focused like a laser on fighting the largely defeated terrorist organization, but some observers say it seems shortsighted when it comes to focusing on the growing threat from both Iran and Russia that could lead. More instability in the heart of the Islamic homeland.

“We have three administrations that haven’t made stability in Syria their top priority,” said Brian Katulis. “If you don’t attend, they care about you, like major problems in the Middle East. Instability in Syria spills over into broader changes.” Senior Fellow and Vice President of the Middle East Institute for Policy.

“The instability in Syria has shattered the world in the last decade,” Katulis told Fox News Digital. “Syria has broken the rules of war because of [President Bashar] Assad and Russia have killed hundreds of thousands of civilians.” He noted that the Syrian civil war had caused waves of migration that had disrupted politics in Europe and the United States.

“What happens in Syria does not stay there,” he said, but the US mandate is limited to weakening the authority of the Islamic State. “The presence we have in Syria is a moderate one, not too big, not too small, just right,” Katulis said.

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The head of US Central Command, General Eric Corella, consults with the officials who administer al-Hol camp.
(US Central Command)

There are approximately 900 US troops in Syria, including the Green Berets.

For Sinam Mohammed, the representative of the Syrian Democratic Council in the United States, the presence of US forces can enhance the trio of US security interests.

The Syrian Democratic Council is the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish, Arab, and Assyrian/Syriac forces, as well as some smaller Armenian, Turkmen, and Chechen defense units.

“Terrorism continues to threaten the entire world, and ISIS and al-Qaeda are still in the northeast and northwest of Syria,” Mohammed told Fox News Digital.

She cited three reasons for the necessity of a permanent American presence in Syria.

“First, as long as these terrorist organizations exist, the threat to the United States and the entire world will continue. It is very important to end terrorism in Syria in partnership with the Kurdish security forces,” she said.

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Second, “if the United States withdraws, it will strengthen Iran as in Iraq.” She said that US deterrence “prevents regional interference from Turkey and Iran.”

Third, “there has been no political solution for 11 years” to end heavy fighting. “We could end up going back to before 2011, [when the civil war began]Without any change in the Syrian regime. This will enable the regime to take control of Syria without making any changes for the sake of democracy.”

“We need to democratize Syria,” she said. “The United States will help and support us with democracy. The United States will empower our position when negotiating with the Syrian regime, and enable a democratic system based on gender equality and freedom of religion. This will give us an opportunity to build a unique model in the Middle East.”

The commander of US Central Command, General Eric Corella, recently stated that Syria has become a “fertile ground” for a new generation of Islamic State terrorists.

The head of the US Central Command, General.  Eric Corella inspects Al-Hol camp in Syria.

The head of the US Central Command, General. Eric Corella inspects Al-Hol camp in Syria.
(US Central Command)

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Brigadier General. Maisel, who served 32 years in the Israel Defense Forces and is an expert on Syria, told Fox News Digital that the country “is important because of where it is, specifically, for Europe and Israel, Russia and Iran. Whoever rules Syria says a lot about the Middle East.”

Maisel noted that the Kurdish areas in northern Syria “are of interest to Israel because we see a lot of common interests. We have good relations with the Kurds. They are a minority, and we are a minority.”

Kurdish forces have conducted sweep operations over the past few weeks to eradicate Islamic State terrorists from the sprawling al-Hol camp in northern Syria, which is home to 55,000 residents. The US military is a staunch supporter of the campaign against ISIS in the camp.

“Most importantly, Syria is at the junction between Iran and the Mediterranean, the land bridge, is critical to any better future for the people of the Levant,” Maisel said.

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Elements of the Special Operations Forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the US-led anti-jihadist coalition take part in a military maneuvers with heavy weapons in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, northeastern Syria, on March 25, 2022.

Elements of the Special Operations Forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the US-led anti-jihadist coalition take part in a military maneuvers with heavy weapons in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, northeastern Syria, on March 25, 2022.
(Photo by Dillel Suleiman/AFP via Getty Images)

“The prolonged disruption of Iranian control over this critical line of communication is strategically important not only to Israel, but to regional stability affecting European interests—NATO. A mission that requires calculated American support—just enough presence to deny Iran freedom of movement (and ISIS resurrection) .

He added that “the two important choke points in Syria are: the Kurdish north (the Euphrates operations area), mainly the areas of control of the Syrian Defense Forces, and the triple border area between the Kingdom of Jordan, Syria and Iraq. Specifically, the US Central Command Al-Tanf garrison.

An important temporary solution to intercept Iranian intentions to develop a supply line from Tehran through Iraq to Syria and Lebanon.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, speaking at the Jerusalem Post conference in New York, presented a map showing more than 10 facilities in Masyaf, northwest Syria, that Iran uses to manufacture advanced missiles and other weapons for its proxies. He said the facilities pose a major threat to Israel and the region.


Critics of the Iran nuclear deal are deeply concerned that the Iranian regime will use sanctions relief funds to funnel money into the Assad regime’s coffers and promote terrorism in Syria against US forces.

On Wednesday, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield, announced that the United States has provided an additional $756 million in humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people. This amount is in addition to the $800 million in humanitarian aid the administration announced in May.

A State Department spokesperson declined to comment for this report and referred Fox News Digital to the Pentagon.

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