(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The American forces and the Syrian army, backed by allied forces from the Axis of Resistance, are now standing face to face in eastern Syria, with their hands being on the triggers and any time a full-scale war could break out when one side decides to fire.
Despite existence of such a sensitive atmosphere, the two sides take steps warily to, as much as possible, steer clear of direct military confrontation.
Recently, no day could go without the American media and think tanks taking about the possibility of conflict risks between the Resistance-backed Syrian army and the American troops stationed in Syria’s east, where the two sides are in pushes to control areas held by ISIS terrorist group.
The important thing is that the Americans are not afraid to disclose their real intentions of presence in Syria as they say it very assertively that after ISIS obliteration in the two countries, there must be a buffer zone on the Syrian-Iraqi borders to cut the geostrategic links between the neighbors.
The analysts suggest that the main idea behind disconnecting the neighboring countries' borders is serving Israeli regime's security. If the US manages to cut the border connection between eastern Syria and western Iraq, not only it will obtain its Israeli-related goals but also it will unleash irreparable consequences against the Axis of Resistance that includes Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Syria, and an array of their regional allies. The US success will also mean that the Resistance's precious achievements against terrorism in battlefield will be worthless.
There are a lot of reasons and evidences indicating that the Americans do not desire an encounter with the Resistance camp in the region despite the apparent US superiority in terms of military technology and equipment with hi-tech weaponry. The American experts argue that Washington’s presence and measures in eastern Syria are nothing but tactical steps. They further maintain that the US holds no certain plans in hand to get out of a state of crisis in case of a direct military counter. This, they note, makes it clear why after limited face-offs in east, for example the American airstrikes against the pro-Syrian forces advancing in the region, the Americans tried to calm down the situation by stating that the air raids were defensive and they had no plans for starting a war against the Syrian army and its allies.
Another important reason, among others, dissuading Americans from direct military confrontation with the Resistance camp is to avoid their forces being targeted in Iraq. Various reports claim that the US now holds nearly 8,000 troops in Iraq. According to a report published by Foreign Policy website, there is an intense debate underway between the White House officials about the Syrian crisis. While some inside the administration are pushing for US attacks on the Syrian forces and their allies, some others, including the Secretary of Defense James Mattis, strongly come against the idea of any military involvement against the Resistance in Syria. This Mattis stance comes while he is known as the administration’s anti-Iranian man.
The Defense Secretary once was commander of the American forces in the region, and so very closely felt how the Resistance is capable of hardly hitting the American forces.
The US faces a big challenge to pursue its goals in eastern Syria: nonexistence of reliable allied local forces. In northern Syria the allied Kurdish forces have managed to address the American challenge, though the Turkey's long-standing feud has caused the Americans to play a double game with the two archenemies in a bid to set up favorable balance between them. Still, this American arrangement does not distance possibility of Turkish-Kurdish clashes in northern Syria any time.
In southeastern Syria, where the significant al-Tanf border crossing is located, the Americans have so far failed to forge effective allies with local roots. Washington support to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), an opposition armed body, has so far declined to bring about reliable results on the battlefield.
For the Resistance forces, liberating the eastern Syria regions and keeping the Syrian-Iraqi borders connected is of vital significance. Any chasm in the two countries' links will challenge value of the Resistance triumphs so far made, as it causes deepened border gaps. So far and through inflexible pressing ahead and other measures the Resistance military leaders have sent a clear message to the US side, asserting that they by no means will allow it create a gap right in the middle of the Resistance's geography of influence.