January 8, 2019
WASHINGTON DC: The American Mideast Coalition for Democracy supports the President’s planned withdrawal from Syria after ISIS has been completely decimated and the Kurds are reasonably protected. AMCD also supports the consolidation of a Kurdish-minorities autonomous region in Northeast Syria as exists in Iraq.
“Even though this may not be the outcome the Kurds ultimately wanted, it may result in a stable situation which will allow many refugees to return to their homes,” said AMCD co-chair Tom Harb. “The Kurds have proven to be reliable allies and President Trump wants to leave them in a safe and stable condition.”
The Sunni areas of Syria also need protection from the Iran-backed Shi’a militias which are now seeking to consolidate power in a continuous land bridge from Iran, though Iraq, Syria and into Lebanon where the Iranian proxy Hezbollah is ascendant. In this regard, there are European forces already deployed in Syria and these, coupled with a possible deployment of forces from Egypt and the UAE, could frustrate Iran’s plans, stabilize those areas and destroy the remnants of ISIS at the same time.
“In other words, we need a final allied surge to destroy ISIS once and for all,” said AMCD advisor and FOX news analyst, Dr. Walid Phares. “Ideally an Arab force comprised of troops from the UAE and Egypt along with some European forces should be able to block Iranian ambitions as well as shielding the Sunni, Christian and Yazidi populations from the depredations of the Shi’a militias allied with Iran. Once these areas are stable, Europe can begin returning refugees and rebuilding destroyed areas with the help of promised funds from Saudi Arabia.”
AMCD supports President Trump’s insistence that the Arab world take care of their own neighborhood and that the stabilization and rebuilding of Syria be shouldered by those with a vested interest there.