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Advisor to Ex-Lebanese PM: Continued Conflicts in Syria Serve US, Israel Interests.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Continued conflicts in Syria serve the interests of the US and the Zionist regime, an advisor to the former Lebanese prime minister said on Wednesday, and underlined that unrests in Iraq and Syria have the same roots.

"People's lives and properties are perished in the conflicts in Syria, hence continued conflicts will serve the interests of the US, the Zionist regime and their allies," Hayyan Heidar, an advisor to former Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss told FNA.

He saw a relation between the new unrests in Iraq and the Syrian crisis, and said these conflicts happen because the Arab world revolutions have been derailed, the real demands of the Middle-East people are not materialized and they are deceived with superficial changes.

His words came as some people in Iraq's al-Anbar province started protests on December 23, following the arrest of Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi's bodyguards on terrorism charges. The demonstrators allege that the arrests were made on sectarian grounds and demand the release of the detainees but the government says the bodyguards were arrested following an independent judicial inquiry based on the anti-terrorism law.

Reports from Iraq said earlier this month that several regional states, including Qatar, have paid $100 to each participant in protest rallies in al-Anbar province.

Foreign hands can also be witnessed in Syria which has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

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