Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:58AM
Senior diplomats attend a conference on the Syrian conflict in Vienna, Austria, October 30, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
Senior diplomats attend a conference on the Syrian conflict in Vienna, Austria, October 30, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
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Iran and Syria have been regional allies for decades. A common enemy named Israel has prompted the creation of an axis of resistance, with Iran and Syria fighting at the forefront of it.

It has been four years since a civil war broke out in Syria. All along, Tehran has supported Damascus, remaining true to its alliance, and preventing the axis of resistance from weakening. America along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel have been backing terrorist groups. The US formed a coalition against Daesh, but its strikes have been nothing but ineffective.

Vast expanses of the Middle East region have been mired in a devastating war for years. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the brutality of extremist militant groups such as Daesh and the Al-Nusra Front in Iraq and Syria…Millions of others displaced from their homes. The United Nations says the number of the Syrian war refugees will have reached 7.6 million by the end of 2015, of whom 4.27 million have sought and will seek refuge in other countries.

Western countries, on top of them the United States, and a number of their regional allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar adopted a policy of supporting moderate armed groups, justifying their move by saying some of those terrorists groups were good and deserved their backing. But not only did that policy not work, it added fuel to raging flames of violence.

In a report by former UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan, there are more than 2000 terrorist groups under different names in Syria alone. Among them, Daesh has been able to win the most financial support from its backers.

Against that backdrop, news and footage have emerged of US planes dropping weapons and foodstuff to the terrorists. More than anything else, Iran has always called for the fighting to end, and for the government and the opposition to negotiate a peaceful settlement, a solution that the terrorists are dead set against. The Islamic Republic was invited to the multilateral talks held in Vienna earlier this year, and sent Foreign Ninister Javad Zarif there.