U.S. Navy veteran Dr. Zuhdi Jasser says jihadism in Syria is alive more than ever. Now, with the withdrawal of American troops, the rest of the Syria will be filled by Russia and its Iranian allies.
Jasser, the son of Syrian immigrants, is a well-known and respected commentator on the escalating Syrian conflict and a hardline critic of the Assad regime. Below, he shares his thoughts on Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Read his remarks then take a moment to answer our poll below.
“There are literally hundreds of al-Qaeda type groups in Syria now. Perhaps ISIS’ command and control structure has been decimated but it metastases, and conveyor belts are more active than ever. Syria is literally teeming with jihadis of every sort — the Salafi/jiahdis of the Sunni AQ/ISIS and Turkish brand “and the Khomeinist jihadis of the Iran/Assadist/Hezoallah variety.
“The only thing tempering Turkish jihadi encroachment on our only ally in Syria, the Kurdish people and the few secular Syrian Democratic Forces, was our albeit minimal presence.
“No one actually really reported how many forces we actually had in Syria just that we had a presence of some kind. That was enough at least to prevent the mother of all vacuums as Russia and its Iranian allies never wanted to engage U.S. troops. Now we are sure to see that vacuum filled just like we saw it in Iraq filled by a full-on basic takeover by Khomeinists.
“Syrian government execution of Genocide 2.0 against Sunnis will commence soon. And Turkey’s jihadis will also encroach on Kurds as Assad turns a blind eye since his regime is no fan of [the Kurds] either.
“Bottom line: Jihadism in Syria is alive more than ever and around the world; it’s spreading now more than ever. The Christmas attack in Strasbourg was a reminder last week. And all of this is hardly in our greatest ally’s interest, Israel, as Iran now has a full on perch on the Mediterranean.” — Dr. Zuhdi Jasser