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Assad Meets Putin: Because, Why Not?

TEHRAN (FNA)- This just in: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held talks in Moscow.

According to Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, on Tuesday, October 20, the two leaders discussed the situation in Syria and the plans of government forces in battling terrorists. The working visit is understandable:

* To most of the world, ISIL is an American enterprise. Many are convinced that Washington helped create ISIL in order to destabilize the region and contain Iran and Russia. The chaos in Iraq and Syria is not out of pure American stupidity rather than with malice aforethought.

* Some 4,000 citizens from the former Soviet Union are fighting along with terrorists in Syria. Putin holds, "We can't let them appear in Russia." The principal concern is that US-led airstrikes have failed to stabilize the Middle East order and the situation could reproduce the chaos of Libya, turning Syria into a haven for terrorist operations, even reaching the Russian border.

* Moscow and Tehran never treat Damascus as if they were fixed entities that could be manipulated into a stable balance of power. They seek to help their ally to restore the terrorist-held territories to the central government rule that existed before the disintegration of Syria's sovereignty.

* Russian aircraft target all manners of terrorism and extremism in alliance with Syrian forces and Iranian military advisors as per international law. The US-made crisis has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people and forced hundreds of thousands to seek refuge in Europe. Moscow decided to intervene and Europe couldn't be happier.

* Unlike Washington's strategy of "we win, they lose," the goal of war for Tehran and Moscow is not military victory, but rather to defeat the terrorist networks and achieve certain political conditions that are fully understood by all sides involved. On this new geopolitical game board, the alliance would present the international community and Syrian opposition groups - not terrorists - at every point with an opportunity for a political settlement. As President Assad said in Moscow, "Political steps are due to follow military action."

Much to the chagrin of the "Assad must go" gang, firstly, Iran and Russia will never allow the fall of Assad government. After all, President Assad didn't go to Moscow to be told he had a successor. Secondly, the new counter-ISIL alliance will never allow Syria to devolve into silly sectarian units, such as a Sunni-run territory in the South and East, an Alawistan on the northern coast, or a Kurdish entity on the Turkish border. That's not what the Syrian people want.

So the best way to stop further bloodshed is for Washington and its vassals to stop lavishing weapons and money on their terrorist networks or making concessions to the extremist Sunni tribes. Until that happens, the alliance of Iran, Russia, Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah will continue to be engaged in military fight against terrorists and extremists.

To be sure, ISIL is a menace to all and there are no larger objectives here. This is about saving everything and everyone in Syria all while following the normal rules of international law. In this final chapter, the Iran-Russia-Syria military mission is straightforward and it is destined to succeed.

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