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The Nuclear Deal has Spurred Iranian Aggression, but It’s Not Too Late to Roll It Back. Yet.

John Hannah
10th November 2017 - Quoted by David Gerstman - The Tower

Defenders of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the Iran nuclear deal is known, have argued that Iran’s aggression was intentionally not addressed by the deal.

For example this week, Federica Moghereni, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said, “The Iran deal has been designed to address one thing only: the Iranian nuclear issue.”

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John Hannah, a senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned this week that Iran is on the verge of establishing a land link to the Mediterranean and if it is successful in doing so, Trump’s “Iran strategy will be stillborn, embarrassingly consigned to history’s ash heap within a few short months of its unveiling.”

Hannah said it won’t be easy, and highlighted that it will be necessary for the U.S. to stand behind the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)—a Kurdish and Arab group—even after the battle with ISIS is over.

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If Trump nevertheless decides that Iran’s hegemonic designs must be foiled in eastern Syria, he can still do so. With the support of U.S. air power and Special Forces, the SDF remains an extremely capable combat force. Its tens of thousands of Sunni Arab fighters are an especially valuable asset in Sunni-dominated Deir Ezzor. From that vantage, it’s entirely within the U.S. coalition’s capabilities to decide that they — not the pro-Iranian forces — will seize Abu Kamal and the Syria-Iraq border from the Islamic State. Washington can assure its SDF partners that it will remain in Syria even after the Islamic State is defeated to assist them in holding strategic terrain and assets that they have liberated — even in the face of intimidation, threats, and attacks from the Syrian regime and its backers.

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