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Without Iran’s support, Assad regime will collapse: report

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Assad – Khamenei
Assad – Khamenei

-By Najah Ali
Al Arabiya, 29 November 2012 -
Iran is increasingly worried about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime’s fate and is distraught that the regime is not taking recommendations from the Islamic republic to keep its power, an Iranian report obtained by a Western diplomatic source said.

Iranian forces in Syria are increasingly burdened due to the Syrian regime leaders not following their advices as the situation in the conflict-torn country becomes more chaotic, the report, which was obtained by an embassy of a Western country in Tehran, said.

The report, however, did not mention details explaining the Iranian recommendations given to the Syrian regime.

But the report revealed that Tehran was disappointed by the corruption within the Syrian armed forces as large amounts of Iranian funds were transferred to personal bank accounts of senior Syrian officers.

The report stated that Iran will continue its support for President Assad until Iran’s presidential elections on June 2013.

Tehran mulls the possibility of a civil war breaking out in Syria post-Assad regime collapse, which can later destabilize Iran itself before the presidential elections.

In conclusion, the report said Iran decided not to increase its support for Syria due to the deteriorating economic situation in the Islamic republic and Assad regime’s unlikely survival in the long term.

“Iran is trying to find other solutions so that Hezbollah would be able to get Iran’s support even after the fall of Bashar al-Assad’s regime,” the report said, adding “Iran is now establishing some connections with Syrian opposition’s figures without the knowledge of the Syrian regime as it doesn’t want to give the impression that it has abandoned Assad regime.”

The report says Iran believes the Syrian regime’s collapse is inevitable without the Islamic republic’s support.

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