Syrian opposition leader warns of Iranian expansion

Visiting in Israel, Kamal Laboani says US must stick by its' Syrian allies.

October 23, 2017 18:11
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Communications Minister Aoub Kara meets with Syrian opposition leader Kamal Laboani in Jerusalem

Communications Minister Aoub Kara meets with Syrian opposition leader Kamal Laboani in Jerusalem. (photo credit: COURTESY/MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS)

Exiled Syrian opposition member Dr. Kamal Laboani, currently visiting in Israel, warned against US disengagement from its Syrian allies and the likely takeover of the region by Iran.

“Iran is taking over Syria, and Lebanon using Hezbollah as [its] proxy. If the US will not provide aid to the [Syrian] opposition forces, the entire Middle East will be overtaken by Iran,” said Laboani during a meeting Sunday with Communications Minister Ayoub Kara.

Laboani stated that Jordan should consider allowing Kurds to pass freely through its territory as that would aid in preventing Iranian expansion.  

In an interview with the The Jerusalem Post, Kara said that he wanted to meet the Syrian activist to learn more about the conflict between the Russian camp that supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Iranian camp that is meant to do the same, and try to tease out each side’s motives.

Kara stressed that while Israel has no interest to get involved in the conflict in Syria, it will continue to prevent any weapon shipments from reaching Hezbollah and threatening Israel “as we have done in the past and will do again if needed.”

Laboani has come under severe criticism in the past for his ties to Israel and calls for the Syrian people to seek out peace with the Jewish state. The opposition leader, who spent 10 years in prison for anti-assad activities, has been called a “Zionist collaborator” and a traitor to the Syrian people.

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