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article imageOp-Ed: Arms trafficking operations grow in Syria

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By Eliot Elwar     Jun 3, 2012 in World
Iranian weapons are being smuggled to the Assad regime by passenger planes, while Israel considers military interception options. Opposition forces cannot overthrow the Assad regime.
According to Albawaba News, Iran is using its airliners to send weapons and explosives to the regime of Bashar al-Assad and Hizbullah in Lebanon, according to the German television channel, ZDF. Citing sources within Western intelligence services, ZDF reported that the transfer of the arms shipments were made by Yas Air and Iran Air companies, which are supposed to carry passengers.
According to Ma’an News Agency, Israel will consider using military action to intercept the transfer of weaponry from Syria to groups like Hezbollah, according to Israeli army officials. Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan made remarks about Israel's likely actions during an anniversary conference marking Israel's first war in Lebanon.
According to the Jerusalem Post, The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) commander says that Israel must obtain solid intelligence confirming that weapons transfers from Syria to Hezbollah are underway. Israel will consider using military action to intercept the transfer of weaponry from Syria to a terrorist organization such as Hezbollah, OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan said recently. Therefore, when the IDF confirms these arms smuggling activities, it will consider taking action.
According to Mayuri Mukherjee of the Daily Pioneer, arming rebels will not resolve the Syrian crisis. Although President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the violence, his rivals are no saints. Nevertheless, US officials are looking into the possibility of “vetting” members of the Free Syrian Army, the umbrella group of Syrian rebel fighters that include some military defectors, to determine if they could be qualified recipients of munitions to fight the Assad Government. The US already provides non-lethal assistance, such as communication devices and medicines, to the Syrian rebels, a move that already makes Washington, DC guilty of forcing a regime change similar to the Libyan campaign. Today, it appears U.S. is actively arming the rebels, according to the Associated Press.
Analysis
The widespread weapons trafficking into Syria from its surrounding nations will continue as the Mideast crisis grows. Iranian weapons are being smuggled into Syria in preparation for the war against Israel and to support Assad’s Shi’ite massacre of Sunni opposition fighters in the Mideast. The trafficking is done by land, sea, and air with the employment of passenger transportation systems. The opposition groups are receiving weapons from Sunni Muslim nations primarily through Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey to destroy Assad’s regime before renewing their war against Israel. Israel could be forced to strike Syria preemptively and thus triggering an all-out Mideast war. While all neighboring governments deny their involvement in shipping of arms, Mideast analysts all concur that trafficking occurs.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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