Monday, June 17, 2013

Iran to ‘deploy 4,000-strong force’ to Syria as US military set to stay in Jordan

Soldiers of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (AFP Photo / Atta Kenare)
Soldiers of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (AFP Photo / Atta Kenare)
The Islamic Republic’s heightened military commitment could reportedly extend to the opening up of a new “Syrian” front on the Golan Heights against Israel. 

Golan Heights have recently become a source of new instability with increasing cross-border fire and Austria withdrawing its peacekeepers from the buffer area after a checking point became the spot of military dispute between and Assad's and opposition's forces. 

This stirred concern in the UN with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warning the fragile state of no-war between Tel-Aviv and Damascus is at risk. 

The ongoing military activities in the [Golan] area of separation continue to have the potential to escalate tensions between Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic and to jeopardize the cease-fire between the two countries,” Ban Ki-moon said in a June 13 statement.