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The forces of President Assad have launched what appears to be the biggest pincer attack of the Syrian Civil War, against ISIS forces. 

In scenes reminiscent of the great battles fought between the German Afrika Korps and the British Eighth Army in the North African desert in WWII, tank forces from the Syrian Arab Army (including T-55 tanks) have been making rapid progress. They are advancing from the North towards the town of As Sukhah. 

This town was recently captured by Syrian Arab Army forces advancing from the South, following a hard-fought battle with ISIS. There are also reports that Syrian elite "Tiger" assault forces were airdropped behind ISIS positions to outflank them. 

The pincer movement threatens to cut off an ISIS pocket of around 2,500 square miles, occupied by an unknown number of ISIS fighters. If it succeeds, the offensive would bring a large part of central Syria back under the control of the legitimate Syrian government, and also set the stage for the final relief of the long-besieged Syrians town of Deir ez-Zor, where Assad loyalists have been holding out for several years against surrounding ISIS forces. 

Panzer pincer.
The advance comes in the wake of advice by former Nixon sideman Henry Kissinger that destroying Isis could lead to an "Iranian radical empire." This is because of the assistance that Iran and Hezbollah has been providing to the Syrian government. 

Writing in an article for CapX, a publication of the British Cuckservative Centre for Policy Studies, the 93-year-old ex-diplomat said: 
"If the Isis territory is occupied by Iran's Revolutionary Guards or Shia forces trained and directed by it, the result could be a territorial belt reaching from Tehran to Beirut, which could mark the emergence of an Iranian radical empire."
Kissinger's fears seem mainly motivated by his concern for the state of Israel. In the Affirmative Right, however, our main concern is for a speedy end to the Syrian war and the reunification of the country under the regime that is best positioned to achieve that. 

Our reason for this is so that millions of Syrian refugees can then be safely returned to their home country, instead of becoming a permanent demographic problem in Europe. Right now, the government of President Assad seems best equipped to achieve this kind of solution.

If Kissinger is worried about growing Iranian influence in Syria, then perhaps he should advise the US government to stop creating the conditions that force Syria to rely on Iranian help. Simple!

Syrian tank advancing across the desert.

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