World Bulletin / News Desk
The chairman of Iran's parliament national security and foreign policy committee Alaeddin Borujerdi has declared victory in Syria on behalf of regime leader Bashar al-Assad.
Speaking to the Guardian, the influential Iranian official said that the West's attempt to oust Assad through the opposition had backfired and that the regime was winning the civil war.
"We have won in Syria. The regime will stay. The Americans have lost it," he said.
Regarding the number of foreign fighters who had come from Europe to participate in the battle against the Assad regime, Borujerdi said that he was now worried for the security of Europe once they return home.
Amir Mohebbian, a conservative strategist and government adviser, also told the Guardian: "We won the game in Syria easily. The US does not understand Syria. The Americans wanted to replace Assad, but what was the alternative? All they have done is encourage radical groups and made the borders less safe."
"We accept the need for change in Syria – but gradually. Otherwise, there is chaos," Mohebbian added.
Iran, along with Russia and China, have been the main supporters of the Assad regime ever since the Arab Spring uprisings against his dictatorship started in 2011.
The Iranian-backed Hezbollah army in Lebanon have also openly been active in Syria, fighting on the government's side against opposition forces.
While the regime consolidates strategic positions in and around the capital Damascus, they have also had success in driving the opposition out of the are surrounding the Lebanese border and forced the opposition to retreat from much of the beseiged city of Homs last week.
On the other hand, opposition fighters have had more success in the northern territories, especially along the Turkish border, taking key positions in the country's second largest city Aleppo and advancing southwards along the Mediterranean coast towards Lazkiya.
After three years, the civil war shows no signs of winding down , as ongoing fighting claims up to 150,000 lives and forces up to 9 million to flee from their homes.Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Mayıs 2014, 14:23