Clashes that broke out in Syria between the regime and its opponents, was transformed into the war within the war. Moreover, the warring sides had very different goals and projects concerning the future of Syria.
The Syrian army, defending the regime against the opposition groups with the open support of Russia and Iran, trying to prevent the territory liberated from ISIS (banned in Russia — approx. ed.) after defeat, came under the control of U.S. and coalition forces.
“The democratic forces of Syria” (SDG) and the Party of Democratic Union (PYD), with the support provided to them by US as their reliable (!) ally in Syria, Raqqa after Stripping, and then and Deir-ez-Zor from ISIS expect to go down further South and to strengthen its position in Eastern Syria in the face of possible partition.
PYD / people’s protection Units (YPG), which after the operation “shield of the Euphrates” has lost its opportunity to unite the cantons in contact with the Turkish border in the North, this time trying to create a line using Afrin, tel Rifat- Manbij and Sarrin.
Due to the fact that Manbij was taken under the protection of U.S. forces, and in the Afrin in four different paragraphs are Russian military, PYD, who looks troubled by the possible intervention of Turkey is trying to strengthen the sympathy gained in the eyes of the US and Western countries for reasons such as the fight against ISIS, the image of the secular forces.
Russia, making permanent its military presence in Mamimi after Latakia and Tartus and taking an active part in the battles with the opposition, seeks to show that any plans for the future of Syria that it will not accept, will not have the strength.
Iran, along with forces associated with Hezbollah and the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps, continues to be one of the most important players of the war in Syria, ensuring the preservation of the regime, because it considers it a matter of survival for themselves.
Thus the reason for the US presence in Syria, which is justified by the fight against ISIL, in the last few weeks seems to have changed. And support provided by PYD / YPG and the increased military activity in the East of Syria show that, in addition to combating ISIS, the United States wants to create a zone of influence and loyal to the administration in certain areas of Syria.
And the opposition groups with the exception of the Free Syrian army (FSA), number of soldiers and flank which practically change every day, divided into radical and moderate under the title “Hayat Tahrir al-sham” and “Ahrar al-sham”. Along with the fact that groups associated with the FSA, remain fragmented, and continue to do the news about the clashes that happen from time to time between them.
Israel, which eased the threat perception in view of the fact that Syria is focused on their internal problems, watches silently and continues a policy designed to not allow the Syrian army or Hezbollah to cross the line.
If there is a question about how associated with the fight against ISIS, for example, that the US shot down a Syrian aircraft and armed drone, the statement of Russia, according to which in the West of the Euphrates aircraft of the United States will be a potential target, the fact that Iran has hit medium-range missiles in Deir-ez-Zor, you need to remember that ISIS is only a pretext, and the true purpose of the actors on the Syrian stage are quite different.
While Syria is approaching the last act of redistribution and against players from outside the region for power, and in the South of our borders creates a new model in Northern Iraq, the answer to the question, what should Turkey should be the subject of a separate article.