On November 15, U.S. special envoy on Syria James Jeffrey said that U.S. troops will not withdraw from Syria before ensuring the “enduring defeated” of ISIS, which can’t happen without changing the behavior of the Damascus government and Iran.
“We also think that you cannot have an enduring defeat of ISIS until you have fundamental change in the Syrian regime and fundamental change in Iran’s role in Syria, which contributed greatly to the rise of ISIS in the first place in 2013, 2014,” Jeffery said during a press briefing.
When Jeffrey was asked to explain his claims about the Damascus government and Iran creating ISIS, Jeffery blamed Damascus for the violence in Syria, which allowed the terrorist organization to emerge in both Syria and Iraq, according to his own words.
“The Syrian regime produced ISIS. The elements of ISIS in the hundreds, probably, saw an opportunity in the total breakdown of civil society and of the upsurge of violence as the population rose up against the Assad regime, and the Assad regime, rather than try to negotiate or try to find any kind of solution, unleashed massive violence against its own population,” Jeffery said.
The theory claiming that “the Assad regime created ISIS” was initially promoted by the Syrian opposition to justify its failure to neutralize the radical elements within its ranks. Additionally, Jeffery intenitonally ignored the countless actions of the US that allowed ISIS to arise and gain influence in the Middle East.
Despite the abovementioned accusations, Jeffery said that his government is not seeking the “regime change in Syria” anymore. According to him, the U.S. wants to see a change in the behavior of the Damasusc government, mainly towards Iran.
“We’re not about regime change. We’re about a change in the behavior of a government and of a state,” Jeffery said answering a question about the U.S. stand on regime change in the war torn country.
Jeffery’s statements show that one of the current main U.S. goals in Syria is to force Iran to withdraw from the war-torn country, even if this means repeating ISIS or al-Qaeda propaganda on the highest level.